Ranan Lurie appears twice in the same 1999 Guinness Book of World Records, representing two very different categories. He holds for 20 consecutive years the title of "The most widely syndicated political cartoonist in the world," as well as being a scion to the oldest recorded living family today: "His family is directly descended from the royal house of the biblical King David and can trace its genealogy back to the 10th century BC."

So far he has published 10 cartoon art books, 1 novel, won 22 national and international awards, had 17 exhibitions, sculpted 28 statues, painted more than 2,000 oil/acrylic paintings, wrote about 3,200 articles, and created more than 11,000 political cartoons.

Ranan Lurie was nominated by the Republic of Cyprus for the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize: "I am writing this letter to sponsor the nomination of Mr. Ranan R. Lurie for the Nobel Peace Prize, for his excellent work as as cartoonist of international repute. Mr. Lurie has contributed greatly through his publications in the United States and in many other countries of the world, in creating a great spirit of understanding between the people of many races, and has helped in the effort of defusing political and other hot conflicts worldwide. For the Above reasons I have the pleasure of sponsoring his nomination." (The Honorable Glafcos Clerides, President of the Republic of Cyprus)

Lurie was invited by ten leading publications of the world, concecativaly, to be their cartoonist in residence and launch their first political cartoons. They are: LIFE, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, NEWSWEEK Int., TIME Int., U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, FOREIGN AFFAIRS magazine, DIE WELT, Germany, The LONDON TIMES, The ASAHI SHIMBUN, Japan, and the NEUE ZURCHER ZEITUNG of Switzerland.

He has been working on his "Uniting Painting" since the spring of 1968.

Lurie lives and works in Manhattan. Married to Tamar. They have four children and four grandchildren.

T.R. Fletcher, Director, The International Advisory Board for the UNITING PAINTING


*"Ranan R. Lurie is the most widely syndicated political cartoonist in the world. As of July 1998, his work was published in 103 countries in 1,105 newspapers with a total circulation of 104 million copies." (The Guinness Book of World Records 1999)

*"In January 1997, Chief Rabbi Lau of Israel and the Jerusalem Institute of Jewish Genealogy concluded that the Lurie (or Luria) family is directly descended from the royal house of the biblical King David and can trace its genealogy back to the 10th century BC. The Lurie family tree includes such distinguished members as the prophet Isaiah (8th century BC), the Rashi (1040-1105), Hillel Hanasi ("the Elder"; 30 BC-1st century AD), Felix Mendelssohn, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Salvador Luria, Yehudi Menuhin, Sir Immanuel Jakobovitz, and Ranan Lurie."(The Guinness Book of World Records 1999)

"The most influential political cartoonist in the world today." (Clare Boothe Luce, former editor of VANITY FAIR & co-publisher of TIME, in a forward she wrote for one of his books.)

TIME MAGAZINE describes Ranan Lurie (July 18, 1994) as a "maestro ... a journalist of Olympian stature."

"He is like a van Gogh with a sense of humor." (PUNCH magazine, London, 1981)

BILL MOYERS proclaimed him "the dean of political cartoonists" on MSNBC television (Sept. 4, 1996).

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL portrays Lurie as "a master caricaturist."

"His cartoons, sculptures and oil paintings ... serve as historical documentation of the decade," THE NEW YORK TIMES quotes his exhibition curator.

America's leading  anchorman, Ted Koppel, writes, "I am in awe of Lurie's talent."

Italy's LA STAMPA anoints him"the king of American political cartoonists."

"Lurie is the Cartoon-Caesar," declares Denmark's MORGENAVISEN JYLLANDS - POSTEN.

Lurie  taught at the University of Hawaii a regular seminar ("The Philosophy of the political cartoon") and lectured at many universities and colleges on current affairs and political cartooning.

In 1990, Ranan Lurie was invited to become an Adjunct Fellow at the CENTER FOR STRATEGIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (CSIS), the Washington, D.C.-based leading think tank. In 1997 he became a Senior Adjunct Fellow, and in 2002 he was appointed a Senior Associate.

He's a member of the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION of EDITORIAL CARTOONISTS, the UNITED NATIONS CORRESPONDENTS ASSOCIATION, the FRIARS CLUB, the 101st Airborne Division Association, and the MENSA Society.

The NEW YORK TIMES publishing house wrote that "(his book) is perhaps the best selling political cartoon book ever published in this country."

Interviewing President Gorbachev of the U.S.S.R.

As a result, Gorbachev and Lurie decide to start a mutual column (Gorby writes, Lurie draws the opposite "in principle") and the NEW YORK TIMES distributes the column all over the world for several years.

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The cover of an Egyptian magazine, 1997

"THE PEOPLE THAT PRESIDENT MUBARAK IS INTERESTED IN THEIR OPINIONS" (from bottom, clockwise: Secretary Madeleine Albright, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the late P.L.O.'s boss Yasser Arafat, Libya's strongman Omar Khadafi, Syria's late dictator Assad, President Bill Clinton, Iranian leader Rafsanjani, and Ranan Lurie

At the U.N. gala: the political cartoonist of Britain's "INDEPENDENT", wins the first United Nations political cartoon grand prize named after Lurie

From left to right: United Nations Secretary-General, the Honorable Kofi Annan, political cartoonist Ranan Lurie, after whom this major award is named, and Mr. Peter Schrank, holding the award and speaking at the U.N. to a group of 300 ambassadors, movie stars and U.N. correspondents.

He was embeded as war artist with a Marine Company.
Fallujah, Iraq, December 2004

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES page that resulted from his embedded time with the Marines in Fallujah


Some of Ranan Lurie's early works



His covers for LIFE (left) and his regular weekly editorial cartoons (right) in the world's most important magazine, appeared regularly from 1967 to 1973. He was LIFE's first and only political cartoonist.

(His regular weekly full page in NEWSWEEK International,  where he served  as contributing editor & political cartoonist from 1973 to 1977)

(His regular weekly cartoon in U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, where he served as senior analyst, interviewer, and the magazine's political cartoonist from 1984 to 1985)

(His regular weekly full page in TIME International, where he served as the magazine's political cartoonist for their 11 international editions from 1994 to 1997)


(His regular daily cartoon in DIE WELT, one of Germany's leading publications, where he served as the paper's political cartoonist and interviewer from 1979 to 1980)

(His regular daily cartoon in THE LONDON TIMES, where he served as the paper's first political cartoonist, from 1981 to 1983)



(His regular daily cartoon in the ASAHI SHIMBUN, where he served as the paper's political cartoonist and senior political analyst from 1983 to 1984. He was then appointed "Honorable Member of The Board of ASAHI SHIMBUN for Life".)

(His regular cartoon in the NEUE ZURCHER ZEITUNG of Switzerland, the oldest paper in Europe. Lurie was their first political cartoonist. He served there from 1997 to 2000)


(Throughout 1986 -1994, Lurie served as the News Cartoonist for The MacNEIL/LEHRER NEWSHOUR, ABC's NIGHTLINE, Germany's  Z.D.F. national television, and later at ABC's early morning television News Hour).


From 2000 to 2004 he served as the political cartoonist for FOREIGN AFFAIRS magazine, where his full-page cartoon appeared regularly.


Key for Lurie’s Personalities

1. Gen. Tommy R. Franks, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Central Command • 2. U.S. President George W. Bush • 3. Prime Minister of Britain , Tony Blair • 4. Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan • 5. FBI Director Robert Mueller • 6. U.S. National Security Advisor, Condoleeza Rice • 7. U.S. Senator John McCain • 8. Vice President of China , Hu Jintao • 9. President of Afghanistan , Hamid Karzai • 10. Alan Greenspan, Chairman , U.S. Federal Reserve Board • 11. U.S. Vice President Richard Cheney • 12. President of France . Jacques Chirac • 13. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell • 14. Mayor of New York City , Michael Bloomberg • 15. Lady Liberty • 16. Libya's strong man, Muammar Gaddafi • 17. U.S. Director of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge • 18. Sheikh Ohmar Abdel Rahman, convicted terrorist • 19. President of Syria , Bashar al-Assad • 20. President of Russia , Vladimir V. Putin • 21. King Abdullah of Jordan • 22. Former U.S. President, Bill J. Clinton • 23. CIA Director, George J. Tenet • 24. Prime Minister of Japan , Junichiro Kaizumi • 25. Iran's strong man, Ayatollah Ali Khameni • 26. Former Afghan King, Mohammed Zahir Shah • 27. China's Premier, Zhu Rongji • 28. King Mohammed the 6 th of Morocco • 29. Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia • 30. Hezballah leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah • 31. Osama bin Laden, world's arch-terrorist • 32. Israel's Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres • 33. "American Taliban," John Walker • 34. Germany's Foreign Minister, Joschka Fischer • 35. Prime Minister of Spain , Jose Maria Aznar • 36. President of China , Jiang Zemin • 37. Former Mayor of New York City , Rudolph Giuliani • 38. President of Cyprus , Glafcos Clerides • 39. Pope John Paul II • 40. President of Venezuela , Hugo Chavez • 41. Chancelor of Germany , Gerhard Schroder • 42. President of Colombia , Alvaro Uribe • 43. NATO's Secretary General, Lord Robertson • 44. Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak • 45. Prime Minister of Israel , Ariel Sharon • 46. Gen. Anthony Zinni, U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East • 47. U.S. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld • 48. Strong man of Iraq , Saddam Hussein • 49. Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat • 50. Prime Minister of Malaysia , Mahathir Mohamad • 51. Prime Minister of Australia , John Howard • 52. President of Pakistan , Perves Musharraf • 53. President of the Philippines , Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo • 54. King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia • 55. Prime Minister of India , Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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