Originally from Colorado, Tillman Goodan, or simply Till Goodan, spent his youth as a cowboy. In his spare time, he drew pictures portraying ranch life. In 1917, he left his stint in the rodeo to pursue a career in art. He became a known Wild West painter and illustrator, and his work spanned almost every medium. He was the initial artist of the 'Gene Autry' comic books of the 1940s, that largely copied the Gene Autry movie formula. The comics were written by Gerald Geraghty, who also wrote for the films. In May 1958, Till Goodan died of a heart attack while sitting on his horse.