Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Obscurity of the Day: Art Linkletter's Kids
Although Linkletter was the titular creator of the feature, he most likely had little to do with it, other than perhaps allowing an anonymous writer access to his voluminous files of cute kid sayings. The art was provided by Stan Fine, a veteran gag cartoonist. This seems to have been his only foray into the daily routine of newspaper syndication.
The series began on November 4 1963 and made it at least into October 1964; I suspect it probably got the axe at the end of a one year contract.
The feature had a revolving set of characters whose names show up as subtitles -- the most often used were Klunkhead, Powder Puff, Specs Webster and Terry the Terror.