Abian A. Wallgren, better known as "Wally" Wallgren, worked as a cartoonist for the Philadelphia Public Ledger and Washington Post before World War I, creating strips like 'Inbad the Sailor and 'Tired Timothy'. He served in France with the Fifth Marines of the First Division during the War. He continued to draw for the entertainment of the American troops. Private Wallgren's 'Helpful Hints' cartoons appeared in every issue of The Stars and Stripes, poking fun at army life, satirizing the absurdity of army regulations, and highlighting the differences between the army brass and the frontline soldier. In 1939, Wallgren created the newspaper strip 'Hoosegow Herman'.