Mel Crawford attended the Royal Ontario College. He moved to the USA in the 1940s. He has worked in the comics field since the late 1940s. Between 1949 and 1967, he drew for comic books by Western Publishing, illustrating stories with characters like 'Mr. Magoo', 'Prof. Harbringer', 'Rocky and Bullwinkle', 'Raggedy Ann', 'Wizard of Oz', and 'Howdy Doody', published in Grimm's Ghost Stories, Doctor Solar, and Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery. He has worked as an assistant on newspaper strip slike 'Iffy' and 'Versus' throughout the 1960s, and did illustrations for First-Day Cachets in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the artist on newspaper strips like 'Rabbits Rafferty' (1977-81) and 'McCall of the Wild' (1988-90), both with scripts by Jerry Dumas. Crawford has also made wildlife paintings for gallery exhibitions.