Born in Feilding in 1937, Murray Ball worked as a cartoonist with the Manawatu Times, before leaviing to be a freelancer. While living in England with his family he had regular freelance work with children's book publishers DC Thomson of Dundee. This experience enabled him to create the long running Stanley cartoon strip which was accepted by Punch magazine. His next creation Footrot Flats first appeared in The Evening Post in 1976.
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