The strip continued until the day after Christmas 2004. By that time, the strip had allowed Roger and Nomad to age gracefully.
William Overgard (1926-1990) was an American cartoonist and comic artist. He was born in Santa Monica, California and graduated from Santa Monica High School. His father acted in silent movies. Overgard enlisted in the armed forces in 1944 and served in Okinawa. During this time he pursued several ideas for comic strips, including one based on the American Civil War. Overgard moved to New York City in 1948, after spending several months as an art student at Santa Monica City College. He worked on comics books for Lev Gleason and Dell Comics.
In 1954, Overgard was hired by Publishers to replace Elmer Woggon as the artist on Steve Roper. Allen Saunders served as writer for the strip. Overgard added his own character of Mike Nomad and eventually the strip became officially known as "Steve Roper and Mike Nomad".
After drawing Steve Roper for over thirty years, Overgard left in 1982 for 'Rudy', a comic strip he created about a talking chimpanzee. In addition to pursuing visual art, Overgard also wrote thriller novels, screenplays, and scripts for animated series.
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