James Bennett began studying art at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania. His professional career as an illustrator started soon after receiving recognition from the Society of Illustrators and RSVP as a scholarship student at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Bennett's conceptually humorous illustrations have since appeared as covers and interior pieces for The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Business Week, TIME, MAD, The L.A. Times, Golf Digest, Maxim, and Readers Digest among others.He has produced art for RCA Records, American Express, Paramount Pictures, Citibank, Hasbro, and Milton Bradley.
James Bennett has completed a number of picture books,two of which have appeared in the top 5 of The New York Times Best Seller list."Tell Me A Scary Story... But Not Too Scary,"written by Carl Reiner and the picture book"Halloween,"written by Jerry Seinfeld."The 2000 Year Old Man Goes To School," written by Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, and "Tell Me A Silly Story" by Carl Reiner have been added to the celebrity bookshelves.
Bennett's awards include the prestigious Hamilton King Award, which acknowledges an illustrator's outstanding body of work represented by the "Best Illustration of the Year,"the Stevan Dohanos Award from The Society of Illustrators in NYC.The "Creative Show" in San Diego which recognizes the best in advertising for the year, awarded him a gold medal, and he has won both gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators Annual Shows in New York and Los Angeles.He has been featured in magazines such as Communication Arts and Fantasy Art from China.
Bennett has been a member of the Executive Board of Directors at the Society of Illustrators, and a member of the Illustrators Partnership of America, and the historic Sketch Club of Philadelphia.He has taught classes in illustration and portfolio technique at The School of Visual Arts and Pratt in New York, The Universtity of the Arts in Philadelphia, and has lectured extensively at various art institutions nationwide.He recently received an Honorary Doctorate Degree after delivering the commencement speech to the graduating class of Bucks County Community College.
The father of two sons, Steven and Brett, James lives and works in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Contributions by James Bennett
MAD Magazine #360 August 1997
MAD Magazine #461 January 2006
Story: 10. Rafael Palmeiro testifies negative, tests positive
MAD Magazine #480 August 2007
MAD Magazine #500 June 2009
Author with Bill Wray, Frank Jacobs, Mike Snider, Irving Schild, Brian Farrelly, Peter Sun, Dave Berg, Stan Hart, Jack Davis, Michael Gallagher, Rick Tulka, Angelo Torres, Mort Drucker, Arnie Kogen, George Woodbridge, Drew Friedman, Andrew J. Schwartzberg, Joe Raiola, Peter Kuper, Henry Clark, Mark Stutzman, Sean Eisenporth, Kevin Pope, Paul Coker, Jr., Jonathan Bresman, Desmond Devlin, Frank Santopadre, James Warhola, John Ficarra, Arie Kaplan, Charlie Kadau, Al Jaffee, Gerry Gersten, Bob Clarke, Sean Farrelly, Sergio Aragonés, John Caldwell, Tom Bunk, Tom Koch, Dick DeBartolo, Bob Staake, Don Edwing, Tom Cheney, Anthony Barbieri, Sam Viviano
MAD Classics #22 July 2008
MAD Magazine #516 August 2019
MAD Magazine #50 August 2012
Story: MAD – 60 Anos
Artist with Harry North, Norman Mingo, Tom Richmond, Larry Siegel, Dick DeBartolo, Rick Tulka, Don Edwing, Christopher Hart, Tom Cheney, George Woodbridge, Al Jaffee, Donald K. Epstein, Jack Rickard, Don Martin, Bob Clarke, Angelo Torres, Sergio Aragonés, Jack Davis, John Caldwell, Tom Koch, Mort Drucker, Frank Jacobs, Sean Farrelly, Mark Fredrickson, Dave Gantz, Irving Schild, Paul Peter Porges, Paul Coker, Jr., Stan Hart, Desmond Devlin, Arnie Kogen, Frank Kelly Freas, Brian Farrelly, Frank Ridgeway, Mike Snider, Ray Alma
Mini-MAD #2 July 2006
ECA! Magazine #3 January 2007
MAD Especial #11 April 2005
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