‘Gumby’ Creator Dead at 88

Jan 11, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Art Clokey, creator of the bendable Gumby animated figure, died Friday at age 88, the Associated Press reports.

The character and his horse friend Pokey were a student project Clokey produced while at the University of Southern California in the early 1950s, which he later featured in shorts for the "Howdy Doody Show" and other series.

The figure later became a popular toy, after Clokey relented and allowed merchandising. He was also the creator of the Lutheran Church’s claymation TV characters "Davey and Goliath."

–Elizabeth Jensen


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