Howdy Doody was a children's television program that was broadcast in the United States on NBC between 1947 and 1960. The series was created and produced by E. Roger Muir. It was groundbreaking, as not only was it an early children's show it was also produced in color.
Howdy Doody was a boy marionette who was originally voiced by Buffalo Bob Smith. Other puppet characters included Heidi Doody, Princess Summerfall Winterspring, Inspector John J. Fadoozle, Mayor Phineas T. Bluster, Sandra the Witch, Capt. Windy Scuttlebut and numerous animals such as Tizzy the dinosaur, two bears called Hyde and Zeke, an Elephant called Mambo and the strange composite Flub-a-Dub.
Merchandising for the show was massive and included dolls of the characters, other toys, clothing and food products to name just a few items.
From 1950 to 1956 Dell published the comic book 'Howdy Doody' along with 'Little Golden Books', many of them were written by the Howdy Doody head writer Edward Kean.
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