Syd Hoff was a longtime cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine. He studied at the National Academy of Design in New York City. Hundreds of his cartoons appeared in The New Yorker between 1931 and 1975. He created the daily comic strip 'Tuffy', which appeared in more than 800 newspapers worldwide for over a decade. He also made the syndicated 'Laugh It Off' cartoon for 18 years. He did freelance assignments for Esquire, Look and the Saturday Evening Post and appeared in the 1950s TV show 'Tales of Hoff'. He was also a productive writer and illustrator of children's books, including 'Danny the Dinosaur' and 'Sammy the Seal'.