Jan Gulbransson was born in Munich in 1949. He is the grandson of the renowned German artist and caricaturist Olaf Gulbransson. He attended the Munich Art Academy in 1969, but left after five semesters to join the T.C. Animation Studio. He worked with this studios until 1980. Meanwhile, from 1977 to 1979, he had his first stint in comics with the children's comic 'Berti's Abenteuer', that was published by Verler Verlag.