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    Stop animation : Art Clokey dead at 88

    Best known as the creator of Gumby, Art Clokey was also the artist behind a staple of my childhood Sunday mornings : Davey and Goliath.

    Art Clokey, 88: Gumby creator

    LOS OSOS, CALIF.–Animator Art Clokey, whose bendable creation Gumby became a pop culture phenomenon, died Friday at his home in Los Osos. He was 88.

    Clokey said he based Gumby's swooping head on the cowlick hairdo of his father, who died in a car accident when Clokey was nine.

    Gumby debuted on The Howdy Doody Show in the 1950s, and Eddie Murphy rallied Gumby's popularity in the 1980s with a send-up of the character on Saturday Night Live. That brought new toy sales and eventually a new syndicated series in 1988. It was only then that Clokey started seeing serious financial returns on his creation.

    "It took 40 years," he said.


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