Rodlow Willard studied at the University of California, and worked as an art director, editor and gag cartoonist for Review of Reviews, Digest Magazine and Dell juvenile magazines in the 1930s. He illustrated a comic adaptation of 'Hungry Hill' for King Features' section in cooperation with the Book-of-the-Month Club in 1943.
He briefly ghosted 'King of the Royal Mounted' before taking over 'Scorchy Smith' from Ed Good in 1946, and worked on this aviation strip until 1954. He also worked on comic books published by David McKay Comics Group ('Maltese Falcon') and Fiction House ('Ghost Squadron', 'Tiger Man'). In the 1960s he worked on newspaper features like 'Aunt Teek' and 'Little Hindu'.