Herb and Jamaal is a comic strip by Stephen Bentley syndicated by Creators Syndicate. It is published daily and centers on the eponymous friends who run a diner together, inspired by the illustrator's experience at a high school reunion.[1] and a desire to provide increased representation for black people in comics. According to Bentley, "Some of the characters in 'Herb & Jamaal' partially come come from myself and people that I know but the full story is just a fantasy..."[2]

Story and Setting

The strip centers around the title characters and the diner they run together.


  • Herbert Johnson, a former quality control technician at the gas works, a schemer, but not underhanded.[2]
  • Jamaal J. Jamaal, a former NBA center for the Phazers[3] (a fictional team).
  • Sarah Johnson, Herb's wife.[4]
  • 'Uhuru Johnson, Herb and Sarah's daughter.
  • Ezekiel Johnson, Herb and Sarah's son.[5]
  • Euler, Sarah's mother.[6]
  • Yolanda, the object of Jamaal's fawning affection.[7] The feeling is only somewhat reciprocated.
  • Kim, a postal worker.[8]
  • Mr. C, a blond customer who often visits the diner.[9]
  • Ed, a curly-haired diner patron.[10]
  • Reverend Croom[6]
  • Ernie, a taxi driver who also always wears sunglasses.[11]


  1. "About Stephen Bentley". Creators Syndicate. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Resler, Jerry (1989-08-07). "'Herb & Jamaal' added to comics". The Milwaukee Sentinel.,2093652. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  3. Bentley, Stephen (September 9, 2013). "Herb and Jamaal". Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  4. Bentley, September 23, 2012
  5. Bentley, September 30, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bentley, October 20, 2013
  7. Bentley, September 17, 2012
  8. Bentley, August 29, 2013
  9. Bentley, September 23, 2013
  10. Bentley, October 6, 2013
  11. Bentley, September 12, 2013

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