Here’s Hub Capps, the story of a good-hearted hot rod kid. This one’s a pretty good read, and the art is quite nice, too. The strip is credited to Jay Howard, which I’m assuming is a pen-name. This name was one of my clues, wrong as it turned out, that Norman Maurer was running the show at Family Comics, since he was married into the Three Stooges Howard family, and I seem to recall he used the Howard name occasionally on his work.
I don’t know who the artist is, but the art certainly does look familiar. I feel like I ought to be able to ID the artist just on the strength of panel three of the second strip. I know I’ve seen faces drawn that way many times. I can’t put my finger on it, but I keep thinking that this is an art style that I used to see in the old Charlton comic books a lot. Hopefully one of you folks can supply an ID.
Oh, and sorry about the selection of strips here. I didn’t realize until posting this that I’d scanned two strips that hardly have any appearance by the star of the strip.