After completing his studies at the Chicago Art Institute, Clarence D. Russell started freelancing cartoons around the country. In World War I, he was sent overseas with the American Expeditionary Force. Back in the US in 1920, he worked for several New York newspapers.
At the same time, he contributed regularly to Judge. For this magazine, he developd the character of a peppery little tramp. This character was later featured in the series 'Pete the Tramp', which Russell made for King Features Syndicate starting in 1932. Clarence D. Russell continued working for King for the rest of his life, creating the series 'The Tucker Twins', 'Shorty' and 'Pete's Pup'. Russell died in 1963.