Paul F. Berdanier was an American cartoonist, illustrator, etcher and painter. He attended St. Louis School of Fine Arts and was working as an advertising artist in the 1920s. He illustrated for pulp magazines in the '30s, while also drawing for the St. Louis Post-Dipatch. He did art on various features for United Features Syndicate from the 1930s throughout the 1950s.
He succeeded Russ Murphy as the artist of the comic strip 'How It Began' on 6 July 1931, and continued it until 6 May 1939. The strip was initially written by Ray Senusky, but Berdanier assumed full creative control in 1933 and also added the topper strips 'Sources' (1933), 'Of All Things' (1934) and 'Twice Told Tales' (1937-1939). He was also present in United Features comic books like Tip Top Comics with features like 'Sparkman' (1943-45) and 'Tripple Terror' (1943-46). Berdanier was also a teacher at Washington University.