Gerald Gerston was born on October 17, 1927 in New York City. He grew up in the Bronx. He attended The Cooper Union School of Art and graduated in 1950. He is well known as a caricaturist, having drawn hundreds of illustrations for The New York Times, New York Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, Esquire, Playboy, Rolling Stone and MAD. He created memorable drawings of Ronald Reagan, Dr. Ruth and Elvis Presley for MAD Magazine. He collaborated with MAD magazine from 1986 to 2001. His work was used on many record covers by RCA. He passed away in 2017.

Awards: Gerald Gerston received awards from The Society of Illustrators, The Art Director’s Club, and The Society of Publication Designers. He received the CUAA Augustus Saint-Gauden’s Award in 1986. He was inducted into The Cooper Union Hall of Fame in 2009.


  • Gerry Gersten Obituary published in The New York Times on January 14, 2017 and on Link
  • Gerry Gerstein, MAD Artist, RIP, MAD Magazine, January 17, 2017. Link
  • Gerry Gerstein, 1927-2017. Mad Magazine, January 27, 2017. Reposted on Richmond Illustration, Inc. website. Link
  • Gerry Gersten’s Illustration Art, Website, February 15, 2012. Link