Tuesday Comic Strip Day.
Last week I showed you one of Stan Lee's rare newspaper outings, Mrs. Lyon's Cubs. Today, I have an even raren one, Lee's first stint as a newspaper gagman assisting Chad Grothkopf with Howdy Doody. This item has been on Stan Lee's biographical list for some time, but is rarely seen. A couple of years ago a fan/collector pointed out to me that Lee may have admitted to writing this strip for a short time, just before he and Dan DeCarlo took over the newspaper version of My Friend Irma from Jack Seidel, but he only seems to have written it for one month or less. My guess is that includes dailies and sundays, although I have never seen a daily of this strip (by any creative team). Checking though these, it is clear Stan Lee only signed the strip for the month of januari. He may have contributed to it longer, but the Sundays after that have a continuity story that doesn't read like Lee's work and before that there are only a couple unsigned that may be his, but before that the original writer Neil is still signing.
Here's what Alan Holtz, a far better source for this sort of infromation, has to say: Credits on the strip are confusing (at least to me, no expert on things Doody). Some websites give Disney alum Milt Neil credit as the creator of Howdy Doody, others say he just designed marketing materials. In any case, when the strip began he was given credit along with Chad Grothkopf. To my eye the art throughout the series looks to be Chad's. Neil's credit (for writing?) only lasted until December 3. Then Chad got sole credit until January 7 1951 when someone named Lee took a share. Lee got a credit on just three Sundays, then Chad once again stood alone. Then on April 15 a new credit was added for someone named Kean. The team of Chad and Kean were credited through the remainder of the run which ended on June 21 1953.
He ads a couple of color Sundays to his post about Howdy as well. Follow the link to the Strippers Guide and enjoy all of Alan's posts.