Jared Lee

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Jared Lee
Born Jared D. Lee
(1943-08-19) August 19, 1943 (age 74)
Van Buren, Indiana, U.S.
Occupation Cartoonist, artist, illustrator
Years active 1970 – present
Spouse(s) P.J.
Children 2 Daughters (Jana, Jennifer)

Jared D. Lee (born August 19, 1943) is an artist, cartoonist and illustrator.


Lee was born and raised in Van Buren, Indiana. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1966 from The John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis. In 1970, after serving two years in the military and working one year at Gibson Greetings as a greeting card designer, he started his freelance career as an artist and cartoonist.

Lee's work has been associated with the US Postal Service, New York Telephone, L.L. Bean, Procter and Gamble, Ralston Purina, Lands' End, Bell South, Hasbro, Scholastic Publishing, Simon & Schuster and Dutton Children's Books. He was one of the six illustrators chosen to create the first group of Happy Meal boxes for McDonald's.

Lee has illustrated over eighty books for young readers, and is best known for his collaboration with author Mike Thaler on the best-selling Black Lagoon series, including The Teacher from the Black Lagoon. Lee also creates and produces a humorous line of T-shirts and gift items featuring horses, sold throughout the United States and abroad. His lifelong interest and involvement with horses and ponies alike led to the collaboration with actor/model/author Carson Kressley on the book You're Different and That's Super.

Honors and awards[edit]

He has received awards from the Society of Illustrators, The Martha Kinney Cooper Ohioana Library Association, The National Cartoonist Society, and numerous advertising clubs. In 2011 Lee was nominated for a National Cartoonists Society award for book illustration.[1]

Memberships include the Society of Illustrators, and Illustrators' Partnership.


  1. ^ "Cartoonists Society Announces Nominees for 2011 Reuben Award" (Press release). NewsReleaseWire. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-11.