Mark Alan Stamaty was born in Brooklyn. He grew up in a New Jersey beach town, the only child of two professional cartoonists who had met in art school. Mark attended Cooper Union, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1969. Stamaty has created covers for The New Yorker, the New Republic, the Washington Post Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, and others. His cartoons and illustrations have appeared in many publications, including Slate Magazine, Esquire, New York Magazine, Harper’s, Newsweek, Playboy, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times Magazine. In 2007, he received the Augustus Saint Gaudens Award for Career Achievement in Art from Cooper Union.