Vincent T. Hamlin enlisted in the U.S. army at age seventeen and was sent to France during World War I. After returning home he studied journalism, and became a reporter in Iowa. Moving to Texas, he worked as a photographer, a reporter and as a cartoonist for several newspapers.
In 1927, Hamlin became a layout man, a poster designer, and a mapmaker in the oil fields. There he got the idea for a prehistoric strip, which he developed when he returned to Iowa in 1929. After many attempts, Hamlin created 'Alley Oop', which was first published as a daily strip in 1932. Hamlin continued the Alley Oop comic until his retirement in 1971. 'Alley Oop' was continued by other artists from then on, such as Hamlin's assistant Dave Graue and the couple Jack and Carole Bender. V.T. Hamlin died in Florida in 1993.