Clare Briggs' first cartoons appeared during the 1890s in The Western Penman. At age 21, he was employed by the St. Louis Democrat as a sketch artist, switching two years later to the St. Louis Chronicle to work as an editorial cartoonist. Around 1900, he moved to New York. After holding many odd jobs, he was employed by the New York Journal. Newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst soon assigned him as a cartoonist to Chicago journals. There he created 'A. Piker Clerk', which earned Briggs national fame. In 1914 he returned to New York to stay. He created dozens of titles, such as 'When a Feller Needs a Friend', 'Movie of a Man', 'Someone's Always Taking the Joy Out of Life', 'There's at Least One in Every Office', 'Real Folks at Home', 'Mr. and Mrs.' and 'Danny Dreamer'.