Abe Martin, whose full name was Edgar Everett Martin, was born in Monmouth, Illinois, in 1898. He studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, and in 1924 he started his comics career creating the newspaper strip 'Boots', about a popular blonde girl. The strip caught on and was eventually called 'Boots and her Buddies' (after 'Polly and her Pals' by Cliff Sterrett).
Boots developed into her own character, a witty, sexy girl who ended up starting a family. The strip was especially loved for displaying the latest fashions and the Sunday page cut-out dolls of "Boots - best dressed girl in the comics." A spin-off was called 'Babe and Horace'.
Abe Martin died on 31 August 1960, leaving the Sunday page to his assistant, Les Carroll, who continued the strip until 1969.