After studies at Columbia University, Jay Irving worked as a reporter for several newspapers. In the late 1920s, he became a sports cartoonist and created the strip 'Bozo Blimp' for King Features Syndicate. The strip was hardly noticed and Irving went into advertising work for two years. In 1932, Jay Irving joined Collier's Weekly, with which he was to remain for 13 years, doing the weekly panel 'Collier's Cops'.
In 1946, Irving created a new comic strip, 'Willie Doodle', for the Herald-Tribune Syndicate. It didn't last long. In 1955, Irving tried his hand at another comic police strip 'Pottsy', for the Tribune-News Syndicate. 'Pottsy' ran until 1970, when Irving died of a heart attack in his New York apartment.