Alan Stephens Foster was born in Fulton, New York on November 2, 1892 to Langdon C. and Abby Stevens Foster. He was born in the same room as his mother at 218 South Forth Street, where he spent his childhood before moving to New York City to further pursue his artistic talents.
After graduating from Fulton High School in 1911, he attended and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Art. Foster's first job was producing children's pages for The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He performed as an actor for two years with "The Better Way" Company of Klaw & Erlanger and also worked as a motor truck salesman before becoming a self-taught illustrator.
Alan Stephens Foster was one of the most prolific cover art
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