Alan Aldridge left school when he was fifteen, then drifted through a multiplicity of jobs. He was an insurance clerk, a barrow boy and an actor in repertory. During the 1960s Aldridge became one of the great original forces in the field of creative graphics. His style is distinctive and immediate, and especially known for all the work he did on several books about The Beatles, including 'The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics' (1969). Alan Aldridge won many design awards and his work was used in advertisements, television commercials and magazines throughout the world. Comics have always interested him, and this led to his first book 'The Penguin Book of Comics', which he produced with George Perry in 1967.
Aldridge and Harry Willcock also illustrated William Plomer's picture book 'The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper Feast' (1973), in itself based on the eponymous poem by William Roscoe. The book was later adapted in an animated short, set to Roger Glover's number one-hit 'Love Is All' (1975), where a guitar-playing frog strums through the forest, gathering animals for the ball. Unbeknowst to many at the time the single was actually sang by Ronnie James Dio. One of the animators on 'Love Is All' was Harold Whitaker.