Chlodwig Poth was one of the foremost German cartoonists and humorists of his time. He was born in Wuppertal and raised in Berlin. He made his debut at the age of 16 with a cartoon in Neues Leben. At the age 17, he self-published the satirical magazine Igel, of which only one issue appeared. The same year, he began studying arts. He started cartooning for among others Insulanders and the anti-Communist magazine Tarantel. After a while, he appeared in a variety of West-German newspapers. Poth left Berlin in 1955 and settled in Frankfurt, where he began working for an advertising agency. The first collection of his satirical work appeared under the title 'Ganz Moderne Zeiten' at Bärmeier & Nikel in 1958.
He was one of the co-founders of the satirical magazine Pardon, together with Hans Traxler, in 1962. Poth became a versatile cartoonist and writer for this magazine. Poth had already released his first novel, 'König Heinrich der Heimliche', in 1960 and from this time, he devided his time between cartooning and writing. In 1964, Poth took on the long-running comics series 'Roman-Kompress', in which he parodied contemporary bestseller novels in two comic pages. Poth then briefly drew the comics series 'Amadeus Knüll' in 1967. In 1971, Poth took on comic 'Mein Progressiver Alltag', in which he commented on modern times. Poth's column soon became one of the most popular of Pardon magazine, and the book collections became bestsellers.
Poth left Pardon in 1979 and founded Titanic magazine together with his former Pardon colleagues F.K. Waechter, Robert Gernhardt and Hans Traxler. In addition to a versatile production for Titanic, Poth began drawing for a variety of magazines, such as Zeit-magasin, Metall and Vorwärts. He also began publishing more books. He had already published two books about the generation conflict in the 1970s, namely 'Ihr Nervt Mich!' (1976) and 'Elternalltag' (1978). In the 1980s, he came up with the more political and social 'Wie Man das Volk Vertritt' (1980), 'Das Katastrophenbuch' (1982) and 'Tanz auf dem Vulkan' (1984). In the second half of the 1980s, Poth released the graphic novels 'Frankfurt oder ein Vorletzter Tag der Menschheit' (1986) and '50 Jahre Überfluss'. In 1990, he moved to Frankfurt's sub-area Sossenheim. Inspired by this town, he began the series of illustrations 'Last Exit Sossenheim' in Titanic. Chlodwig Poth died on 8 July 2004, two days after his Titanic colleague Bernd Pfarr.