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 Peter Sun, Drew Friedman, Brian Farrelly, Stan Hart, Peter Kuper, Michael Gallagher, Rick Tulka, Angelo Torres, George Woodbridge, Paul Coker, Jr., Arnie Kogen, Joe Raiola, Desmond Devlin, Andrew J. Schwartzberg, Mark Stutzman, John Ficarra, Henry Clark, Kevin Pope, Al Jaffee, Sean Eisenporth, Jonathan Bresman, Sergio Aragonés, James Warhola, Tom Bunk, Frank Santopadre, Charlie Kadau, Dick DeBartolo, Arie Kaplan, Gerry Gersten, Bob Clarke, Don Edwing, John Caldwell, Frank Jacobs, Sean Farrelly, Tom Koch, Sam Viviano, Dave Berg, Bob Staake, Anthony Barbieri, Bill Wray, Jack Davis, Tom Cheney, Irving Schild, Mort Drucker, Mike Snider
MAD Classics #22 July 2008
MAD Magazine #516 August 2019
MAD Magazine #50 August 2012
Story: MAD – 60 Anos
Artist with Larry Siegel, Don Martin, Rick Tulka, Angelo Torres, Sergio Aragonés, Jack Davis, Christopher Hart, Tom Cheney, George Woodbridge, Jack Rickard, Mort Drucker, Donald K. Epstein, Bob Clarke, Frank Jacobs, John Caldwell, Tom Koch, Paul Peter Porges, Paul Coker, Jr., Mark Fredrickson, Desmond Devlin, Sean Farrelly, Irving Schild, Frank Kelly Freas, Dave Gantz, Al Jaffee, Stan Hart, Norman Mingo, Arnie Kogen, Ray Alma, Dick DeBartolo, Brian Farrelly, Mike Snider, Harry North, Don Edwing, Frank Ridgeway, Tom Richmond
Mini-MAD #2 July 2006
ECA! Magazine #3 January 2007
MAD Especial #11 April 2005
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