Chad Grothkopf (1914-2005) created the first television animated cartoon, the eight-minute Willie the Worm
(1938), seen in a single frame at bottom. He created DC's Johnny Quick
and Fawcett's Hoppy, the Marvel Bunny
(1942), and he drew the Howdy Doody
comic strip from 1950 to 1953. The Kean in the credit box is Edward Kean, who died last year in Michigan. Kean wrote 2000 episodes of the Howdy Doody
TV series, created the show's theme song and coined the word "Kowabunga".
Willie the Worm (1938)
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