American cartoonist born in Chicago. Illinois, on September 10, 1922. Roy Doty was taken by his parents to Columbus, Ohio, where he grew up and went to school. Drafted in 1942, he worked as an artist on different army projects, and following his honorable discharge in 1946, he began freelancing cartoons in New York City. Soon Doty’s work was appearing in all the major publications, from the Saturday Evening Post to Look and Collier’s. In the 1950s Doty worked on many advertising campaigns and illustrated a number of books and magazine stories.
In 1968 Doty was asked to produce a Sunday newspaper version of the then-popular Laugh-In television show. Working feverishly, he designed а graphic counterpart to the TV program that was as funny as anything on the show. His gags for such subfeatures as “Mod Mod World”, “Sock It to Me Time” and “Ask Gran Flanders” were hilarious. Unfortunately Laugh-In went off the air a few years later, and Doty’s panel expired in 1971.
Since the demise of Laugh-In Doty has resumed his work for magazines, trade journals and corporations such as Mobil Oil. He is one of the most prolific cartoonists around today, and his style, deceptively simple and easy, commands much respect in the profession.
The World Encyclopedia of Cartoons 1981