John Harrold was a longhtime artist of the comic adventures of the bear 'Rupert' for the Daily Express. He was born in Glasgow, where he also studied painting and drawing at the local School of Art. He made his first drawings starring 'Rupert' in 1973 for 'Lots of Fun to Cook with Rupert'. The Daily Express subsequently assigned him for the newspaper strips, where he succeeded Alfred Bestall and Alex Cubie. His first story for the paper was 'Rupert and the Worried Elves' in 1976. He became the daily comic's fulltime artist in 1985. He worked in cooperation with editors James Henderson and Ian Robinson who wrote the stories. He also started working for the Annuals in 1978. He was Rupert's official artist for 30 years and was succeeded by Stuart Trotter in 2008.