Herluf Bidstrup was a Danish cartoonist, who has mainly achieved fame in the former DDR and the Soviet Union. He created many cartoons and comic strips on political subjects, but also ones depicting everyday life. Born in Berlin as the son of a Danish painer, he moved to Denmark in 1917. He studied art in both Denmark and Berlin, after which he picked up painting.
Bidstrup was a contributor to the Danish Communist newspaper Land og Folk since 1945. The Soviet Union's propaganda magazine Prawdad has used his work as a symbol of workers' fight against capitalism and imperialism. The DDR ran his cartoons in Neue Berliner Illustrierte and Wochenpost. Several book collections of his work were published by the East-German Eulenspiegel-Verlag since the 1950s, including 'Das dicke Bidstrup-Buch', that contains most of his comic strips.