Kernel Cootie was done by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Carey Orr.

Carey Cassius Orr (January 17, 1890 Ada, Ohio – May 16, 1967) was an American editorial cartoonist.

In his youth, Orr was a semi-professional baseball pitcher, and he used the money he made from baseball to study at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. After a $15 a week job at the Chicago Examiner, he was 24 when he began at the Nashville Tennessean as a full-time editorial cartoonist. In 1917, he signed on with the Chicago Tribune, where he stayed for 46 years. He drew the Kernel Cootie comic strip.


On March 25, 1914, he married Cherry Maud Kindel, and they had two daughters. Cartooning ran in the family, as Orr was the uncle of Apple Mary creator Martha Orr, and his grandson is the cartoonist-stockbroker Carey Orr Cook.

Carey Orr met and served as an early role model to Walt Disney when Disney moved back to Chicago. According to Neal Gabler’s Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination, Disney was very impressed by Orr’s strip The Tiny Tribune.

In 1961, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. That same year he was profiled on the television series This Is Your Life (May 21, 1961).

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