Donald Southam Lawrence was born on November 17, 1928 in East Sheen, London. After Don decided to become a comic artist he bought a few western comics and redrew the pages. With these pages he visited a few publishers but received no offers of work. However, editor Edward (Ted) Holes of Amalgamated press referred Don to Mick Anglo of the Gower street Studio. Don then spent the next four years working for Mick Anglo on the super-hero strip, ‘Marvelman’. After a falling out with Anglo, Don returned to Ted Holmes who was astonished at the improvement in the quality of his artwork.