Australian cartoonist Tony Rafty was born Tony Raftopoulos to Greek migrant parents in the Sydney suburb of Rose Bay. During the 1930s, he began working as a caddy at the Royal Sydney Golf Club. He did his first caricatures for local newspapers and magazines, including The Referee. After his military service, he was asked by the NSW Bookstall Company to do a comic. This resulted in 'Jimmy Rodney of the Secret Service', one of Australia's first original comic books, in 1940. Rafty's cartooning career was put "on hold" after he joined the AIF in 1942. He was appointed an official war artist and was stationed in the Pacific. After the War, Rafty began his long career as a sports cartoonist and caricaturist for The Sydney Sun and Sun Herald.