Born in Los Angeles, African-American artist Stephen R. Bentley is the artist of the newspaper feature 'Herb and Jamaal'. Born in Los Angeles, Bentley moved to Pasadena as a teenager. He joined the US Navy, where he drew the comic panel 'Navy Life' for his base newspaper. After the navy he attended Pasadena City College and Rio Hondo College majoring in Art, English and Fire Sciences, before beginning work in advertising. As a freelance cartoonist, he has created features like 'Squirt' (distributed by Weekly Features Syndicate) and 'Hey Coach' (for Swimming World Magazine). Bentley created 'Herb & Jamaal' in 1989, following a letter of the newspaper to cartoonists and syndicates that they wanted more blacks in newspaper comics. The strip is syndicated by Creators Syndicate.