Lee Conklin was born July 24, 1941 in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, the sixth of seven children of Phoebe and William Conklin. He was raised in Monsey, New York and attended Monsey Grammar School and Spring Valley High School. Lee went on to attend Calvin College where he was the cartoonist for the newspaper and where he met his wife, Joy. Lee was drafted into the army and stationed in Korea, where he painted murals on mess hall walls.
From early childhood, Lee identified as an artist and after being released from active duty in California, was drawn to the poster art coming out of San Francisco. He published some cartoons in the Los Angeles Free Press and then went on to publish BG101 for Bill Graham Presents. More than thirty additional posters followed.
Lee’s fascination with the poster form continues and has lasted over fifty years. He remains obsessed.