Sol Hess was a comic writer born on a farm in Illinois in 1872. After moving to Chicago with his parents, his father died and Sol Hess started working at a jewelry company, travelling the country as a salesman. His comics career started more or less by accident. He was a friend of Sidney Smith, creator of 'The Gumps', and started writing the dialogues for this strip. By 1922, Hess proposed his own newspaper family comic, 'The Nebbs', drawn by W.A. Carlson. This comic became so popular that Sol Hess quit the jewelry business in 1925 and continued to write this strip until his death in 1941.