Jerry Bittle

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Jerry Bittle
Born (1949-10-08)October 8, 1949
Wichita, Kansas
Died April 9, 2003(2003-04-09) (aged 53)
Nationality American
Notable works
Shirley and Son

Jerry Bittle (October 8, 1949 – April 9, 2003)[1][dead link] was a cartoonist who drew the comic strips Geech and Shirley and Son.

A graduate of Wichita State University in Kansas, he worked as an editorial cartoonist for the Wichita Eagle and later the Albuquerque Tribune.[2][3] Moving to Texas, Bittle debuted Geech in 1982; it ran in syndication until his death in 2003. Shirley and Son, about life after divorce, debuted in 2000 and also ended after Bittle's death.

Bittle died of a heart attack while on vacation in Honduras.[3] Bittle's family founded the Jerry Bittle Educational Trust in his memory.[2]


  1. ^ "Cartoonist Jerry Bittle Dies at 53" (fee required). Editor & Publisher. 2003-04-09. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  2. ^ a b Bittle entry, Lambiek Comiclopedia. Accessed May 16, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Jerry Bittle, 53; Created Comic Strip 'Shirley and Son'," Los Angeles Times (April 11, 2003).