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. He freelanced for his entire career, never having an agent.
From May 10 to October 4, 1953, he hosted the Sunday morning DuMont Television Network children"s program The Roy Doty Show.
From 1969 to late March 1972, he wrote and drew the syndicated comic strip Laugh-In, based on Rowan & Martin"s Laugh-In. His "Wordless Workshop", a popular home improvement series, ran as a syndicated feature for 50 years.
lieutenant ran 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. 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." Doty died March 18, 2015.