Erkki Tanttu was one of Finland's most popular graphic artists. He worked in a variety of media including woodcuts and ink on paper. Born in Viipuri, Tanttu began his professional career at age 19. He studied at the Helsinki University of Arts, and until 1945, he did layouts and illustrations for publishing houses like WSOY and Hakkapeliitta. After the war, he started his career as a freelance cartoonist and illustrator. He has illustrated dozens of books and several collections with his cartoons have appeared. He has published his often political work in magazines like Pippuri and Tuulispää. In 1930, he created his long-running comic strip 'Rymy-Eetu'. Tanttu was president of the Graphic Arts Union until 1970.