Manuel Urda Marín was one of the earliest and longest lasting artists of the Spanish TBO magazine. Born in Barcelona, he began his career in 1904 drawing for L'Escolanet and the montly Monos. He also drew for Cu-Cut!, Virolet, and En Patufet before launching his own magazine En Belluguet in 1915. He worked on the animation films by Tono and Herreras and was part of the Garabatos animation team in the period 1943-1945.
He was an early contributor to TBO magazine in 1918 and remained associated with it for about 50 years. He was its first art director from 1918 to 1922. He drew many jokes and small comics until 1972, when he had his own section on the back page. Urda's work additionally appeared in Pulgarcito, Follets, Monos, Yumbo, Nicolás and El Coyote