Doug Marlette was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and grew up in Mississippi and Florida. He studied at Florida State University, and started working as a political cartoonist in 1972. The witty, biting style of his cartoons and his comic 'Kudzu' caught on and got syndicated to newspapers worldwide. He has worked for newspapers like The Charlotte Observer (1972-1987), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (1987-1989), New York Newsday (1989-2002), The Tallahassee Democrat (2002-2006) and Tulsa World (2006-2007). Marlette died in a car accident in July 2007.