Julio Eduardo Godofredo Fairlie was born in Tingo, Arequipa. His first job was in a textile factory, but from 1940, he contributed to Palomilla, a magazine edited by Guillermo Ugarte Chamorro. He created the character 'Juan Mella' and subsequently worked for Vanguardia, Buen Humor and Trinchera Aliada. He settled in Lima in the 1950s, where he worked with Carlos Roose Silva and Alfonso la Torre for Tacu Tacu and Última Hora. For 25 years, he drew the strip 'Sampietri'. He also joined La Prensa, and contributed 'Página del Flaco' to the Sunday supplement of the paper.