Sid and Marty Krofft, the mad geniuses behind triptacular kids' shows like H.R. Pufnstuf and Land of the Lost, are teaming up with Ruby-Spears Productions to animate comic-book legend Jack Kirby's lost 1980s cartoons. Pass the brown acid, brah.
Joe Ruby and Ken Spears of animation studio Ruby-Spears Productions (Thundarr the Barbarian) and Sid and Marty Krofft are resurrecting unused cartoon characters Jack Kirby designed for Ruby-Spears in the 1980s. Kirby created Captain America with Joe Simon, the Fantastic Four with Stan Lee, and DC Comics' New Gods.
Kirby later moved to television after becoming disillusioned with the comics industry. While at Ruby-Spears, he helped design characters like Turbo Teen and Thundarr. Kirby also created a slew of unused characters for the studio. Ruby-Spears and the Kroffts hope to introduce these lost Kirby creations in upcoming movie, television, and video game franchises.
For those readers who may be unfamiliar with Kirby, the Kroffts, and Ruby-Spears, it's an understatement when I say that this is a creative El Niño of Old Testament diluvian proportions. The Fujita Scale is too wussy to register the typhoon of awesome that's brewing. Here are some examples of Kirby's unused Ruby-Spears work...
...the Kroffts' 1970s shows (Lidsville, Wonderbug, and The Far Out Space Nuts)...
...and some vintage Ruby-Spears cartoons, Thundarr the Barbarian and Mr. T (who played a gymnastics coach!).
This trifecta will result in the pinnacle of human artistic achievement. It will explode all of our aesthetic judgments to goddamn smithereens. Welcome to the new golden age.
[Via The New York Times. Photos via Jack Kirby/Ruby-Spears Productions; more of Kirby's unused art can be found at the above link.]