Bernard Handelsman was born in the Bronx on February 5, 1922. In adulthood, he adopted John as his first name. He was known professionally as J. B. Handelsman and informally as Bud.
Handelsman studied at the Art Students League and New York University. In 1963, Handelsman moved to England, where he began drawing for Punch
. For eleven years, he wrote and illustrated a weekly feature called "Freaky Fables" for the magazine. He returned to the United States in 1982.
From 1961 to 2006, Handelsman had nearly a thousand cartoons and five covers published in The New Yorker
. His work also appeared regularly in Playboy
and the British humorous magazine Punch
Handelsman was married to Gertrude Peck, a harpist from Michigan, in 1950. They had three children, Jonathan Handelsman, Peter Handelsman, and Constance Handelsman Bennett.
He wasn't a polemicist, but his work was concerned with politics and history and the range of our folly, from mere foibles to gross inhumanity. ... He saw not just the passing parade—though he did keep a sharp eye on that, believing, as he did, that cartooning was a form of journalism—but the deep, timeless politics that color, if not define, human relations (think bosses and secretaries, generals and underlings, senators and constituents, wives and husbands, judges and defendants).
— Nancy Franklin, The New Yorker
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.
- ^ Franklin, Nancy. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/07/02/j-b-handelsman. Missing or empty |title= (help)
- ^ The New Yorker. "The Cartoon Bank". Archived from the original on 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- ^ punchcartoons.com. "Handelsman cartoons from Punch". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
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