J. B. Handelsman

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John Bernard "J.B." Handelsman (February 5, 1922 – June 20, 2007) was a cartoonist and illustrator whose work appeared for decades in The New Yorker, Punch, Playboy, and other United States and British publications.


"Bud" Handelsman was born in New York City, attending the Art Students League and New York University. He worked for several years as a freelance graphic designer and, in 1950, married Gertrude Peck, a harpist, and moved to Long Island, where their three children were born.

In 1963, he and his family moved to England where he took up cartooning full-time. In 1982, he and GP returned to the United States, where he continued to publish cartoons until shortly before his death in 2007.

Published works[edit]



  • He also illustrated many books, including Families and How to Survive Them and Life and How to Survive It, both by Monty Python star John Cleese and psychotherapist Robin Skynner, and The Mid-Atlantic Companion by David Frost and Michael Shea, plus a number of books for children.


He devised a 10-minute animated film for the BBC called In the Beginning, based on the Biblical story of the Creation.


  1. ^ The New Yorker. "The Cartoon Bank". Archived from the original on 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  2. ^ punchcartoons.com. "Handelsman cartoons from Punch". Retrieved 2007-06-23.