Cecil Hays Surry was mainly an animator, but he has also worked on funny animal comic books for Dell Publishing from 1948 to 1959. Born in Chelan, Washington, the Surry family moved to San Diego in 1922. He studied at the Otis Art Institute and got a job at the Walt Disney Studios. He was an assistant animator for Disney on early 'Mickey Mouse' and 'Silly Symphonies' cartoons from the late 1920s until 1931. He worked for various animation studios until his death in 1956, including Walter Lantz ('Oswald the Lucky Rabbit'), Schelsinger/Warner Bros ('Merrie Melodies'), MGM ('Tom & Jerry') and UPA ('Mr Magoo').
He started working for comic books in 1948. He worked on Dell titles starring 'Tom and Jerry', 'Barney Bear', 'Mr Magoo', 'Fuzzy and Wuzzy' and one cross-over story with Disney's 'Little Hiawatha' and 'Morty and Ferdie'.