As no other, Kim Jong-rae was able to create comics full of poverty and sad characters, which reflected the general Korean sentiments of the 1950s and 1960s. During this period, he produced numerous dramatic comics based on classical themes. Born in Japan, Kim Jong-rae moved to Korea in 1946, where he joined the army. After a couple of years, he took on drawing folders for the infantry. Afterwards, he took on his comics career, starting with 'The Story of Park Mun-su'. He soon established himself as one of the best dramatic comics artists with 'The Horizon of Tears' and 'The Long Journey in Search of my Mother'. Kim Jong-rae retired in 1978.