When he was eleven years old, Baltimore born August Daniels Carter, better known as Ad Carter, was confronted with the tragic death of his mother. This forced him to start working at a very young age. He got a job as a reporter at the Brooklyn Eagle, where he met Clare Briggs, who gave him the advice to create a comic and send it to a syndicate. He created the kid's gang comic 'Our Friend Mush' in 1916.
Carter was hired by William Randolph Hearst, who assigned him to revamp his strip under the title 'Just Kids' in 1922. This comic about kids was published daily in many different newspapers across the country. In the late twenties, Carter introduced another comic, 'Nicodemus O'Mally', which also featured kids as the main characters. Carter kept drawing comics until his death in New York in 1957.
Just Kids (1945)