Born in 1956 in New York City, John Reiner was raised on Long Island, graduating from Smithtown High School in 1974 (and from the State University of New York in 1978). Reiner met Mad magazine artist Mort Drucker in 1974, who encouraged him to pursue cartooning as a career. The next year he was hired by Joe Simon to work on his humor magazines. In collaboration with Bunny Hoest, John Reiner took over production of the classic comic panel 'The Lockhorns', created by the late Bill Hoest. They also took over 'Bumper Snickers', 'Howard Huge' and 'Laugh Parade'. Besides that, Reiner worked for Marvel Comics and did humorous illustrations and political caricatures until Drucker hired him in 1984 to work on King Features' comic strip 'Benchley'.
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