Mike Ploog was born in Mankato, Minnesota in 1942. While in the military, he started working for Leatherneck magazine. Ploog stands out for his macabre horror stories he did for such titles as 'Wherewolf by Night', 'Frankenstein', 'Ghostrider' 'Conan', 'Planet of the Apes' and 'Creepy' during the 1970s. In his graphic novel 'The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus', Ploog showed the lighter and more nostalgic side of his talent. He has also worked on several other Marvel series. However, Mike Ploog spent most of his career as a designer and storyboard artist in Hollywood.