Born in Springfield, Missouri, Frank O'Neal had his education in several schools from Arkansas to California, following his travelling father. After World War II, O'Neal studied art for three years. He sold his first cartoon to the Saturday Evening Post in 1950. Soon, he was a contributor to a variety of national magazines. He began his 'Short Ribs' strip in 1958, and he continued it for fifteen years. He handed it over to his assistant, Frank Hill, in 1973. He spent the rest of his career working in advertising and commercial art.