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Tuesday, August 16th, 2022

Magazine Cartoons: Meet Doug Sneyd

Doug Sneyd Playboy Cartoons

Here’s a gift that I’ve taken much too long to acknowledge… Last Summer, Animation Resources supporter, Sean Worsham donated a great book of unpublished cartoons by Playboy cartoonist, Doug Sneyd. (Mr. Sneyd even autographed it for us!) It gives a fascinating glimpse at the thought process behind Sneyd’s wonderful cartoons. Here are a few choice pages from the book…

Doug Sneyd Playboy Cartoons
Doug Sneyd Playboy Cartoons
Doug Sneyd Playboy Cartoons
Doug Sneyd Playboy Cartoons
Doug Sneyd Playboy Cartoons

I highly recommend this book. You can order an autographed copy for yourself at…

I’ve spent the better part of this week scanning more mid 60s Playboys. Here’s a gallery of Sneyd’s work from that period…

Doug Sneyd Playboy Cartoons
Doug Sneyd Playboy Cartoons
Doug Sneyd Playboy Cartoons
Doug Sneyd Playboy Cartoons
Doug Sneyd Playboy Cartoons
Doug Sneyd Playboy Cartoons
Doug Sneyd Playboy Cartoons
Doug Sneyd Playboy Cartoons
Doug Sneyd Playboy Cartoons

Stephen Worth
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Magazine Cartoons.

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Biography: Doug Sneyd

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December 1931



Bio Summary

Doug was born the fifth son of seven children in December 1931 in Guelph, Ontario, to Howard and Ruth Sneyd. In 1957, Doug married his wife Shirley and went freelance, illustrating for major Canadian textbook and magazine publishers. Although his formative years were spent growing up in Guelph, In 1969, he moved his family north to Orillia, which was made famous as the mythical “Mariposa” by humorist Stephen Leacock.

Early Life/Family

During high school he took the Famous Artists Correspondence Course,
which ended when he took the advice of the Earn As You Learn Lesson #18 and
went on the road selling his talents as a muralist to taverns across Ontario.

This led to a studio life, as a boarder, working in a sky-lit garret in the
Psi Upsilon fraternity house on Peel Street in Montreal.


While he was in high school, during the summers he sketched portraits in the Canadian National Exhibition’s Artist Colony. His experience helped him hone his ability to do quick profile sketches, which he finds quite helpful when at conventions like Comic-Con, Fan Expo Canada, etc., where he includes a personalized sketch with the purchase of his 52-page book, Unpublished Sneyd, a collection of his favorite gag rough rejects from the thousands he’s submitted to Hugh Hefner over the years.

After painting a series of portraits of the Latin Quarter’s 12-piece orchestra and the owner’s family, he landed a job as a junior artist at Rapid, Grip and Betten, the largest studio of its kind in Canada at the time. He earned the princely sum of $19.00 a week.

His income increased to $50.00 a week when he moved to Mercer Studios in
Toronto. While there, he learned the fine art of wash drawing for everything to toasters to towels.

In 1964, Doug Sneyd started working for Playboy magazine as a cartoonist. His first cartoon was published in September that year. Since Doug’s start with Playboy magazine, he has produced over 400 full-page color cartoons for the publication. Although he wasn’t the only cartoonist, Doug’s unique style of art and humor easily set the standard for Playboy cartoonists passed and present.

Also around the same time in the mid-60’s, he had two newspaper comic strips that ran four about 20 years, “Doug Sneyd” and “Scoops.”

In 1993 for the Ontario government, Sndydwrote, produced and directed a movie about spousal abuse. He was also a founding member of the Canadian Society of Book Illustrators, and has been a member of the National Cartoonists’ Society and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.

He works on the third floor of his home-studio overlooking beautiful Lake Couchiching and spends his winters on the Gulf Coast in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Career Outline

Sneyd’s style is truly remarkable the way he captures life and personality within his figures. He is by far the best cartoonist Playboy magazine has seen.

Comments On Style

The pollution’s at that awkward stage. Too thick to navigate and too thin to cultivate. – Doug Sneyd


Playboy magazine
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Black-eyed Susan






He has 24 full-page Playboy magazine cartoons are in the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa.

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