Frank M. Howarth's work first appeared in the humor magazines Puck, Judge, Life and Truth at the end of the 1880s. He developed a truly individualistic style, which got him employed as a staff artist at Puck magazine. Here, he made ground-breaking work for the generations to come: he created innovative narrative and introduced a painfully exact stylization.
It was not until 1903 that he drew a weekly continuing story: 'Lulu and Leander'. By 1907, the strip was dropped and Howarth created 'Ole Opey Dildock - The Storyteller'. He did not work on this strip for long, as he died in 1908. The strip was continued by an artist named Wells.