Barbara Hellerman Bio, Wiki
Barbara Hellerman is the wife surviving Mort Drucker, an American caricaturist and comics artist best known as a contributor for over five decades in Mad, where he specialized in satires on the leading feature films and television series. He is reported to have passed away on Wednesday evening, April 8th as confirmed by The New York Times. He was 91.
I just heard that Mort Drucker has left us -growing up as a young artist I would buy @MADmagazine and rush to see the art he created. I had the honor to work with him on our #stateofeuphoria record, I can’t begin to tell you how happy that made me #MortDrucker RIP💜 @Anthrax pic.twitter.com/TNKT57Hnvp
— Charlie Benante (@skisum) April 9, 2020
Barbara Hellerman & Mort Drucker
The two were married for several decades. The two met in high school ( Erasmus Hall High) and married soon after they graduated in their 20s meaning their marriage lasted for close to 7 decades.
They have two adult daughters Laurie Bachner and Melanie Amsterdam, and three grandchildren.
Drucker was born in Brooklyn and got his start with Mad in 1956, was behind countless magazine illustrations, album covers, movie posters (including George Lucas’ first movie, “American Graffiti”), children’s books, adult coloring books, and advertisements.
He made his mark with his illustrations for the magazine’s movie and television satires. Starting in the ’60s, Mad Magazine began releasing the parodies in theaters along with each magazine issue. By the end of his career in 2008, Drucker had illustrated more than half of the parodies.
Mort Drucker passed away on Wednesday evening April 8th, as confirmed by The New York Times. He was 91.
A cause of death was not immediately announced. However, CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted that it was not coronavirus. “A friend of Mort Drucker’s, cartoonist John Reiner, emails me: ‘I’m sorry to say that Mort passed away last night. I saw him last Friday-he was having trouble breathing – Was not the Coronavirus as he was quarantined for weeks with no other outside contact…”
A friend of Mort Drucker’s, cartoonist John Reiner, emails me: “I’m sorry to say that Mort passed away last night. I saw him last Friday-he was having trouble breathing- Was not the Coronavirus as he was quarantined for weeks with no other outside contact….
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 9, 2020
RIP Mort Drucker. pic.twitter.com/2lxxlUKr17
— Jay Faerber (@JayFaerber) April 9, 2020