Mort Gerberg

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Mort Gerberg
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Born (1931-03-11) March 11, 1931 (age 84)
New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Area(s) Cartoonist, Illustrator, Author
Spouse(s) Judith Gerberg
Children Lilia Gerberg McCaffree

Mort Gerberg (born March 11, 1931, in New York City) is an American cartoonist and author best known for his magazine cartoons, which have appeared in numerous publications such as The New Yorker, Playboy, Harvard Business Review, Publishers Weekly, and on The Huffington Post.

Besides magazine cartoons, Gerberg has drawn several nationally syndicated newspaper comic strips. His comic strip Koky, co-created and written by Richard O'Brien, was syndicated from 1979 to 1981 by the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate. (In 2007, Ramble House collected the strip's entire run into two books, one collecting the dailies and the other collecting the Sundays.)

Gerberg has written, edited and/or illustrated over forty books. They include Cartooning: The Art and the Business, LAST LAUGHS: Cartoons About Aging, Retirement... and the Great Beyond, Joy in Mudville: The Big Book of Baseball Humor, The All-Jewish Cartoon Collection, and the children's books, Why Did Halley’s Comet Cross The Universe?, and the best-selling More Spaghetti, I Say.

Gerberg is a popular public speaker on the subjects of cartooning and creativity. He has appeared at numerous universities, conferences and seminars. He is a former president of The Cartoonists Guild and a member of the National Cartoonists Society and The Authors Guild.

Gerberg has also written, drawn and performed on NBC, ABC, and PBS television news shows. He has created commissioned cartoons and humorous writings for Fidelity Investments, MasterCard, Epson, Motorola, John Hancock Insurance, and Brooks Brothers among others. Gerberg has been an information content provider for ABC Multimedia, Prodigy, America Online, and

Gerberg taught cartooning at New York City's Parsons School of Design and The New School distance learning program. One of Gerberg's former students was Wall Street Journal caricaturist Ken Fallin.[1]


In 1968, Gerberg signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.[2]

On Election Day, November 7, 1972, Gerberg appeared with Barbara Walters on the Today Show, drawing cartoons while being interviewed.

On January 20, 1973, Gerberg appeared with Edwin Newman on NBC-TV's live network coverage of Richard Nixon's second inauguration, drawing cartoons and commenting about the ceremony.

Gerberg appeared in the PBS documentary Funny Business: An Inside Look at the Art of Cartooning (2011), drawing attention to the creative and personal sides of several New Yorker cartoonists.

In 1989, Gerberg appeared as a special guest artist in the Shari Lewis video, Lamb Chop in the Land of No Manners.


Gerberg was voted as Best Magazine Cartoonist of 2007 and 2008 by the National Cartoonists Society.

He is a City College of New York Communications Hall of Fame Honoree for 2010 and in 2004, was awarded the college's prestigious Townsend Harris Medal For Notable Achievement.

Personal life[edit]

Gerberg lives in New York City with his wife, Judith, an internationally known career counselor. He pitches for The New Yorker softball team.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Caricaturist Captures the Corporate Market, Biz Bash Orlando, August 11, 2008.
  2. ^ “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest,” New York Post (January 30, 1968).