Urban Sereno Abell was a famous artist and pioneer of Christian cartoons. Born in Minnesota, he went to the Pacific Garden Mission (PGM) in Chicago, Illinois in 1897. He was the first convert of PGM founder Walter G. Taylor who went on to become a superintendent of the Mission. In addition, he was taking classes at the Chicago Art Institute. He created Christian cartoons for Moody Monthly from circa 1921 until 1948. He was working as a commercial advertising artist during daytime. His artwork for Moody Monthly was collected together into a book entitled Gospel Cartoons, published by Polzin Press in 1937. In 1946 he drew the cover for 'The Sword Book of Treasures' and the frontispiece for 'The Power of Pentecost', both published by The Sword of the Lord in Wheaton, Illinois.