Roy Doty

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Roy Doty (September 10, 1922 – March 18, 2015) was an American cartoonist, artist and illustrator.[1] He created humorous cartoon illustrations for books, packaging, advertising, comic strips, television and not-for-profit organization campaigns. He was one of only a dozen inductees in the National Cartoonists Society Hall of Fame.[2] His former wife, Jean Slaughter Doty, (b. 1929) is the author of several children's books.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Doty grew up in Columbus, Ohio, served in World War II as a cartoonist, and began his career as a New York City freelance cartoonist in 1946.[4] He freelanced for his entire career, never having an agent.[5] From May 10 to October 4, 1953, he hosted the Sunday morning DuMont Television Network children's program The Roy Doty Show.[6] From 1969 to late March 1972, he wrote and drew the syndicated comic strip Laugh-In, based on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.[4]

His "Wordless Workshop", a popular home improvement series, ran as a syndicated feature for 50 years; its last run was in The Family Handyman magazine, and his work was seen as part of the "Aha! Puzzle This" page in Make magazine. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Field & Stream, Popular Science, the (London) Daily Mail, Elle and many other magazines. He did several monthly newsletters, including a children's newsletter for the American Institute for Cancer Research. Some of his ad clients included Buick, Black & Decker, Ford, Macy's, Minute Maid, Mobil Oil, Texas Instruments and Perrier.[4]

Into his nineties, he remained active as a freelance illustrator. Quoted in 2006, he said, "What could be nicer? I sit and draw funny pictures and people send me money."[7] Doty died March 18, 2015.[8]


Superfudge by Judy Blume, illustrated by Doty

Doty has illustrated more than 170 children's books and written 27. Noted titles include:


Doty was recognized for his work with the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Illustrator of the Year Award (2006), Advertising Award (1978), Advertising and Illustration Award (1967, 1970, 1978, 1989, 1996 and 2005), Commercial Award (1989) and Greeting Card Award (1994).[2] In 2011, his work was featured in an exhibition at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Columbus, Ohio,[9] where coincidentally, Doty grew up.


  1. ^ Horn, Maurice (1999). The world encyclopedia of cartoons - Volume 2. Chelsea House. p. 240. ISBN 0791051854.
  2. ^ a b National Cartoonists Society Awards Archived 2011-09-19 at WebCite
  3. ^ Jones, Dee. "Jean Slaugher Doty Fonds (bio)". de Grummond Children's Literature Collection. University of Southern Mississippi. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Roy Doty Papers Syracuse University, 9 Oct 2007, Retrieved 9/1/2010
  5. ^ "Roy Doty: Inspired Lines". Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Reading Room Gallery. Ohio State University. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  6. ^ CTVA entry Du Mont Television Network
  7. ^ Mickenberg and Philip Nel (editors), Julia L. (2008). Tales for little rebels: a collection of radical children's literature. New York: NYU Press. p. 88.
  8. ^ "Roy Doty, 1922-2015". Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Roy Doty: Now This Is What We Call a Career". IMAGE Magazine (CCAD). November 14, 2011. External link in |title= (help)

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