From The Complete Guide to Cartooning By Gene Byrnes, Grosset & Dunlap (1950):
"A crowd to Roy Doty isn't just a lot of people repeating themselves. It is a big and wonderful collection of individuals, each doing something different. The throng behind the radio announcer is worth studying for the variety of action portrayed, and for its pattern of beautiful linework."
"In the mad rush to buy automobiles, people come by bicycle, parachute, baby-carriage, and pogo-stick -- all happily hopeful of getting a car. The point of this advertisement... was to convince advertisers that CBS would increase their business, and Doty's art work matches the copy with its particular quality of humor."
"The over-the-counter drawing" (above) "was a brochure 42 x 6 inches and in it were 131 figures."
"Note the balancing blacks used for the salesclerks' clothing,"
"making a modified repeat pattern across the pages, besides holding together the parade of customers and the slightly toned background."
In his biography, Roy Doty tells us that he was born in 1922 and began freelancing in New York in 1946. So when the 26 year old Roy Doty drew this subscription ad for Pic magazine (below) he was only two years into his professional career. What a remarkable feat for Doty, to be included in Gene Byrnes' 1950 book on cartooning... he had only been working professionally for some 3 or 4 years at that point and was already considered to be one of America's top cartoonists.
This weekend another "big and wonderful collection of individuals" would like to thank Roy Doty for all the fun, entertainment, and inspiration he has brought us over the years with his delightful drawings. Happy Birthday, Mr. Doty - on behalf of your many fans from all around the world!
* If you'd like to see these and the rest of this week's images at full size, go to my Roy Doty Flickr set.
And for a look at just one more really remarkable Doty illustration, go to this link in Glen Mullaly's Flickr photostream.