American illustrator and cartoonist Lyman Matthew Anderson was born in 1907. He studied at the Chicago Art Institute and graduated in 1928, then moved to New York City and enrolled at the Grand Central Art School to study under top illustrator Pruett Carter. In 1929, Anderson began illustrating for several publishers to pay for his studies. In the early 1930s, major publisher Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson conceived a comic book, 'New Fun'. Anderson worked on the first two issues and left shortly before the magazine folded.
In 1934 Anderson was contacted by Sheldon Stark as a possible artist for a strip Stark was designing for King Features Syndicate. The resulting strip, 'Inspector Wade', appeared in daily newspapers later that year. Anderson continued his study of illustration with Harvey Dunn and Walter Biggs during his work on 'Inspector Wade', which he passed on to Neil O'Keeffe in July, 1938. Top-flight illustration and advertising work followed, and eventually Anderson became a staff instructor with the Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut. He later retired, doing only occasional work, though some of his illustrations appeared in the revived Saturday Evening Post. He died in 1993 at his home in Connecticut.