Gumby is an iconic green clay character created and modeled by Art Clokey in the early 1950's. Gumby is quite possibly the most famous example of "stop-motion" clay animation and is an influential cultural icon. Gumby first appeared in 1956 on The Howdy Doody Show and by 1966 Gumby was the most popular toy in America. It is very difficult not to love Gumbys happy face! The beloved character from the classic TV show is the friendliest guy on earth and loves to play with you and all his friends.