Ideal remembered for creating the favorite Small Orphan Annie comic remove, this twentieth-century cartoonist often included political commentary in his artwork. He also regularly added to a western-themed comic remove titled Small Joe. In 1917, he gained an engineering level from Purdue College or university. Before offering briefly in Globe Battle I, he was utilized by the Chicago Tribune like a reporter. His Small Orphan Annie comic, entitled after an 1885 poem by Wayne Whitcomb Riley, influenced a Broadway musical, a favorite radio program, and many films. He was raised in Kankakee and Western Lafayette, Illinois, and was orphaned in his teenagers. Following a 1925 loss of life of his 1st wife, Doris C. Platt, he resolved in Connecticut along with his second wife, Winifred Frost. Early in his profession, he was mentored by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist John T. McCutcheon.