Cartoonist and illustrator John Bernard (Bud or J.B.) Handelsman was born and educated in New York City. With Shel Silverstein, he was one of the first cartoonists for Playboy magazine, together with Shel Silverstein. He also drew for The New Yorker and Punch, while working as a freelance graphic designer during daytime. He lived in England from 1963 to 1982, where he did a feature called 'Freaky Fables' in the British Punch magazine. Handelsman furthermore illustrated the self-help books written by Robin Skinner and John Cleese: 'Families and How to Survive Them' (1983) and 'Life and How to Survive It' (1992). He continued to make cartoons until shortly before his death in 2007.