He attended the University of Montana in Missoula and later lived in Helena.
Born in Billings, Montana, he was raised on a sheep ranch near Lodge Grass. In 1958, Lynde created the comic strip Rick O"Shay, a critical and commercial success. Like most of his work, it was set in the West and mixed humor with strong storytelling.
After a dispute with the syndicate, Lynde left the strip in 1977.
The strip continued, drawn by Alfredo Alcala. In 1979, Lynde launched another strip, Latigo, starring Cole "Latigo" Cantrell, a.k.a.
"Two Trails". After serving in the Union Army during the Civil War, Latigo returned to the West and became a federal marshal.
The daily strip was launched on June 25, 1979, joined by a Sunday strip, best seen in the half page format, on 1 July 1979. lieutenant was not a great commercial success and ended in 1983, the daily on May 7, the Sunday on 5 June.
From 1984 to 1985, Lynde produced the weekly panel Grass Roots, which was revived in 1998. In the late 1980s, the Swedish financial newspaper Dagens Industri commissioned a comic strip from Lynde.
lieutenant became "Chief Plenty Buckinghamshire", set in the West and starring a capitalistic Native American chief
Lynde drew ten pages, but the project was shelved and never published in Dagens Industri. In 1997, the strip was revived for the Swedish Fantomen magazine (and its Norwegian and Finnish counterparts). The title was changed to Chief Sly Fox and a total of 86 pages (including the original from the 1980s) were published from 1997 to 2000.
They have never been published in English.
In 2002, Lynde returned with another exclusive comic for Fantomen. Bad Bob about a hopeless Wild West criminal.
This strip is still running in reprint. He died of cancer on August 6, 2013.
The daily Rick O"Shay, from the beginning through 1964, was reprinted by Cottonwood Publishing in four volumes, except for one week, which was reprinted in Comics Revue magazine.
Comics Revue is currently (2013) reprinting the daily Rick O"Shay beginning with the strips from September 30, 1968. A selection of Rick O"Shay dailies, with commentary by Stan Lynde, was reprinted in Rick, Hipshot, and Maine from Cottonwood Publishing. Grass Roots panels were reprinted in two volumes from Cottonwood Publishing.
Latigo daily strips have all appeared in three volumes from Cottonwood Publishing.
Some Sundays have been reprinted in color in Comics Revue.