Joseph Ferdinand (Eppo) Doeve was born in Bandung, Indonesia and moved to The Netherlands in 1927. He studied at the Agrarian School in Wageningen, where he made many illustrations for his student magazine. After working as an illustrator for advertising agencies, he became a political cartoonist for the magazine De Groene Amsterdammer in 1933. From then on, he did freelance work for several other magazines, such as De Haagse Post (1936), Het Handelsblad, De Telegraaf, Vrij Nederland (after 1945) and Elseviers Weekblad.
Besides illustrating, Eppo Doeve applied himself to making murals, designing decors, stamps and paper money, creating portraits and sculptures. In the comics genre, he created the newspaper comic 'Mannetje Bagatel' (with text by Bertus Aafjes, for De Volkskrant) in 1946 and 'Kleine Isar, de Vierde Koning' (with text by Bertus Aafjes, for Elseviers Weekblad) in 1962.
For his work, Eppo Doeve has been awarded the National Outdoor Advertising Award in 1955, a Knighthood in the Order of Oranje Nassau in 1973 and the Erasmus prize.