Frederick H. Himes, who was born in Mexico, was a director and animator of commercials between 1960 and 1968. From 1968 throughout the 1970s, he was a writer and artist for Charlton Comics. He worked on western, war, romance and ghost titles like Fightin' Marines, Cheyenne Kid (the 'Apache Red' feature), Secret Romance, Haunted, Ghost Manor, The Many Ghosts of Dr Graves and Ghostly Tales. He was a productive artist for Charlton's Hanna-Barbera titles, such as Barney and Betty Rubble and Top Cat. In 1978, he opened his own studio, where he did audio-visuals, brochures, posters and magazine art. He has illustrated among others a series on Texas history by Dr. Walter McCaleb.