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Series: New York Review Comics
ISBN: 9781681377414
Pages: 184
Publication Date: May 30, 2023

The Ruling ClawssThe Socialist Cartoons of Syd Hoff

by Syd Hoff, introduction by Philip Nel


If you were reading The Daily Worker in the 1930s, you’d have come across the words of Woody Guthrie and Richard Wright, along with the cartoons of the mysterious A. Redfield. Redfield was actually New Yorker cartoonist and future Danny and the Dinosaur author Syd Hoff.
Scorning what he saw as the complicity and stale yucks of cartooning peers like Peter Arno, Hoff set his sights on the rich and powerful and revealed them for what they were: hilariously inept, deeply selfish, and incredibly dangerous.
Hoff spared nothing from his pen, lampooning police brutality, thin-skinned industrialists, racists, and the looming threat of fascism at home and abroad.
Still powerfully funny and troublingly resonant, these cartoons confirm what the legendary Milt Gross prophesied when he met Hoff as a high school student: "Kid, someday you'll be a great cartoonist!"

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