Bill Griffith is an American cartoonist best known for his comic strip Zippy the Pinhead. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Griffith grew up in Levittown, Long Island, where one of his neighbors was science fiction illustrator Ed Emshwiller, whom he credits with pointing him towards the world of art.
Griffith began his comics career in New York City in 1969. He was a prominent cartoonist in the underground comics movement based out of San Francisco in the late 1960s, and co-founded the comics anthology Arcade, The Comics Revue with Art Spiegelman. His first strips were published in the East Village Other and Screw magazine and featured an angry amphibian named Mr. The Toad.