T. E. Powers was an early American newspaper comic artist, and apparently the first American to draw a newspaper color comic strip. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he moved to Kansas City, where he was educated in public schools and got his start working for a lithographer. Powers later worked for the Chicago Herald and in 1894 was offered a job in New York with the Evening World. By 1896 he and his colleague Arthur Brisbane found employment with the New York Evening World of tycoon William Randolph Hearst.
Powers was one of Hearst's favorite artists, and also President Theodore Roosevelt's favourite cartoonist (according to his obituary). He drew 'Our Moving Pictures' around 1910, and later created 'Mike and Mike' and 'Mr. Nobody Holme' (1915). On 31 January 1916 the International Film Service released a short animated silent film entitled 'Mr. Nobody Holme Buys a Jitney'. Powers is additionally credited as the writer of more than a dozen short films.