Classic Media Partners with Luken Communications to Launch TV Network

Luken Communications, owner and operator of television broadcast stations in the U.S., including the Retro TV Network (RTV) and Tuff TV, has teamed up with Classic Media to create an all-new network, PBJ. PBJ will bring iconic characters and shows from the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s to retro television lovers and pop culture fans nationwide, 24 hours a day.

PBJ is set to launch nationwide this summer with well-known titles from Classic Media’s portfolio, including The Archie’s, Mr. Magoo, The Lone Ranger, Gumby, Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids, and more. Luken will make PBJ available to broadcasters, cable, and satellite.

Gumby Gets New Comic Book Series

According to ICV2.com, a new comic book miniseries featuring characters from Gumby is set to premiere in November starting with an issue starring Pokey, Gumby’s sidekick. The four-part miniseries, Gumby’s Gang, will also feature Prickle, Goo, and the Blockheads.

All four issues are written by Michael Aushenker and are illustrated by different artists: Rafael Navarro for the Pokey comic book, Chris Grines for Prickle, Mary Gutfleisch for Goo, and Lord Mesa for the Blockheads.

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Gumby Creator Dies

Art Clokey, creator of the popular clay character Gumby (the first to star in clay animated television segments), died on Friday in Los Osos, Calif. Clokey was 88. Gumby debuted in the 1950s on The Howdy Doody Show after Clokey created a 3.5-minute film called Gumbasia, a parody of Disney’s Fantasia featuring clay objects changing shapes to jazz music. Gumby eventually moved on to his own show, The Adventures of Gumby.