Paul S. Snyder graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1932, before attending the Art Institute of Chicago, the Art Center School and the Chouinard Art Institute, all located in Los Angeles, California. Snyder worked in New York city until he joined the United States Army in 1942. Stationed at Keesler Field, Snyder was training to be an aerial photographer when his drawing skills were noted and he was assigned to the Public Relations Office as an artist, producing cartoons relating to life in the Army Air Corps. His most well-known cartoon character was "Hubert." Snyder also contributed cartoons and posters for syndication for the flying safety program of the War Department.