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Sid & Marty Krofft team up with Ruby-Spears to develop a host of original Jack Kirby concepts - lost to the ages, nevermore!!!

Hey folks, Fuzzy here... Fuzzy? Well, you see - it's actually me Harry - but when Jack Kirby first met my parents and me, it was 1974 at the San Diego Comic Con - and when my Parents presented me and told him my name was Harry - he looked at me - said, "He looks more like a FUZZY than a HAIRY" - and he even signed some things to me as "FUZZY" - so when I think Jack Kirby - I think of myself as FUZZY KNOWLES! That's neither here nor there - the real awesome of this story lies over at the ol Grey Lady aka The New York Times. I spotted this story while enjoying the NYT app on that spiffy awesome iPad of mine (paying off already) So (PP) - you know who you are - this story's for you. It is kind of funny that the headline for the NYtimes story reads, "JACK KIRBY of MARVEL COMICS Left Some Ideas Behind." Sure - the first thing people think of when they think Jack Kirby, typically was Marvel Comics - but any real fan of Jack Kirby's dazzling work knows that Jack created comics across the board - worked at many animation companies - hell going back to being an in-betweener for the Fleischer Studios doing BETTY BOOP cartoons... But for a sometime in the Late Seventies - Jack unleashed his powerful pencils to work at RUBY SPEARS Animation - developing and working on a host of projects - and developing and pitching many ideas for production - with mountains of artwork. We've known about some of this thinks to Mark Evanier's epic tome on Kirby called KIRBY: KING OF COMICS - but much like Kirby's legendary Theme Park he created (Please Richie Rich build it in VEGAS!) - we know so little. That's because Ruby Spears have been sitting on the material for ages... Until one fateful day recently when they sat down to talk to the great duo of Sid & Marty Krofft. If you click over to that "ol Grey Lady" link above - you'll see a host of Kirby images for an amazing selection of unrealized Kirby visions. I say they begin a feature of that GOLDEN SHIELD character right now - because we need him to save the Earth from our impending doom this 2012! And I say we cast Scarlett Johansson as Roxie for ROXIE'S RAIDERS now! Sid & Marty has a plan apparently... a dream to turn these nuggets of King Kirby Gold into an array of coolnesses - like movies, video games, new comics, television shows, etc... The only thing I'd ask of Sid & Marty Krofft is this. The New York Times state clearly that these properties were free and clear the property of RUBY SPEARS - done under a "Work for Hire" contract - and they are under no obligation to involve the Kirby Estate... But ya know - if you're building a kingdom that you fully acknowledge this man created - give the estate a token of respect monetarily as these things go forward. A small Associate Producer style nugget. Something. For one - that folks like me that love Kirby - wish to see his legacies and his family somewhat together. Either way - I'm dying to see this stuff turned into amazing works of entertainment - and there is no legal reason to do it. Think of it as Good Karma. Right? The Right Thing to do. After all, when the NYTimes reached out to Lisa Kirby, she said, "My dad always spoke well of Ruby-Spears, and that they treated him fairly." Which was an awfully nice thing to do, right? No matter - we will cover and dig into this. In fact somewhere I have Marty Krofft's contact info after that LAND OF THE LOST screening I did last year - I think I'll give him a buzz tomorrow and get into the nitty gritty - if I can get him to talk. Keep your fingers crossed!

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  • April 13, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Frost

    by MMacKK

  • April 13, 2010, 3:23 a.m. CST

    /Nixon

    by theDannerDaliel

  • April 13, 2010, 3:32 a.m. CST

    I was hoping...

    by VikkiMarsdale

    ...maybe someone was developing the stuff he did for Pacific and Topps. Still, his animation stuff was cool - I loved Thundarr. But I was pretty stoned back then.

  • April 13, 2010, 5:10 a.m. CST

    where's ya Kick-Ass review Fuzzy?

    by Righteous Brother

    If I don't see one soon, I'll write yours for ya!

  • April 13, 2010, 5:14 a.m. CST

    I was like, Is This a Joke?

    by DOGSOUP

    Nope. It's real.

  • April 13, 2010, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Haven't seen the release print of KICKASS

    by HEADGEEK

    Yet

  • April 13, 2010, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Ah, you're in for a treat then Big Guy!

    by Righteous Brother

    Look forward to your review.

  • April 13, 2010, 7:28 a.m. CST

    The Kroffts are still alive?

    by rev_skarekroe

    How 'bout that?

  • April 13, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Gargoids look pretty sweet, too . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . but I can't help picturing them appearing on The Venture Brothers.

  • April 13, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Absolutely wonderful!

    by Major Hockshtetter

    This made my day! There's a nice 80's quality to these stills (Ruby-Spears influence all over them) yet they are not lacking a certain timelessness either... if handled right, this could be quite a bit of fun!

  • April 13, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    a review for Kick-Ass? whats the point?

    by ominus

    it will be impossible that the adaptation to fail for 2 reasons:<br /><p>1.the original comic is not hight art,no deep content,just Michael Bay-ish stupid fun for the preteen comic fanboys.<br /><p>2.The director is very good and the source material is up to his alley.He will do a good job to bring blood,guts and bad language into the big screen.<br /><br /><p>something else.i will laugh my ass off,if Harry trashes the movie because he finds that despite its gory scenes,it lacks content,meanings.Yeah the same guy who praises Serbian Film because he finds in its gory scenes content,meanings.Double standards you say? we shall see.

  • April 13, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Gil Kane

    by haywood

    Some of that artwork at the grey lady site looks like Gil Kane did it. Some of those marketing idiots cant tell the difference between Kirby and Kane.

  • April 13, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    The Krofft team and Spears owned 70s cartoons

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Saturday morning was their territory, and no one could compete with them. Spears made it into the 80s while Krofft kind of fell out of favor. I hate the crap my kids are watching now. They don't even have cartoons. ABC's been bought by Disney so it's just the bastard child of the Disney Channel showing live actions tween shows instead of cartoons for kids.

  • April 13, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Thundaar the Barbarian was Spears' best

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    he didn't take no shit. He didn't care about your fucking feelings. Things were black and white, good or bad. If you were on the wrong side, your ass was grass. None of this "let's have a dialogue" PC crap they have today. I hate how they've tried to make dialogue a verb.

  • April 13, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Thundaar the Barbarian was Spears' best

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    he didn't take no shit. He didn't care about your fucking feelings. Things were black and white, good or bad. If you were on the wrong side, your ass was grass. None of this "let's have a dialogue" PC crap they have today. I hate how they've tried to make dialogue a verb.

  • April 13, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    "lets have a dialogue"

    by Nice Marmot

    You used it as a noun. You must REALLY hate it when used as a verb.

  • April 13, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    talk about tapping an empty well

    by Crimson Dynamo

    If Sid and Marty can turn Kirby farts to gold, so be it

  • April 13, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    ..But first let me tell you about my childhood...

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    The standard Harry Knowles lead-in.

  • April 13, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Gil Kane?

    by BenBraddock

    That one with the kids and the zombie hands was def not a Kirby... look again, I'd say it's Gil Kane's work.

  • April 13, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Thundarr can Kick He Man and Lion-O's ass anyday!

    by Stalkeye

    Especially He Man. god those Filmation eps were doggy shit. After 20 minutes of fluff boredom, the kids are treated to a lame ass PSA. "..and tell him that you love him.."Gaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy!!

  • April 13, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    We need a Challengers of the Unknown movie

    by Beezbo

    It could be the FF movie we should have had.

  • April 13, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    I guarantee you...

    by James Westfall

    ... that the Kirby estate is already writing the lawsuit on this.

  • April 13, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    CartoonFanboy....there is a diff

    by brabon300

    between what you do and what kirby did<p> if you know what the marvel way of doing comics is...jack just didnt create the art, he made everything...the characters, the script, the overall arcs<p> lee and other editors filled in the voice bubbles<p> kirby was the industry<p> and his heirs wouldnt be asking for jack had kirby not gotten screwed over for even the little things that he wanted, ie his original art<p> there is no doubt in my mind that what marvel did to him, sent him to an early grave, thanks to the long hours he was forced to work to make ends meet<p> but if you should create not one, but 2 complete universes, then yes, you should get residuals...but while you may be good...you aint no kirby...no one is<p>that man was given a gift from god to have the imagination of 10,000<p> not only was he a nice guy, but he respected the fans...he would never sit when meeting fans...even at a signing...felt it was rude to those who stood in line waiting to meet him

  • April 13, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    But if Thundaar and He-Man were both gay

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Thundaar would be the pitcher, and He-Man would be the catcher.

  • April 13, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Other than his Marvel work, Kirby sucked

    by jonnycat121

    Some of his work when he left Marvel was just God-awful. Plus, he got bitter/senile in his old age and blamed Stan and Marvel for all his problems. Stan is the man! For those that say Stan stole the credit that's exactly what Kirby tried to do before he died. Don't agree to work for hire and bitch about years later, you bitter old fuck!

  • April 13, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    I would watch Dragonspies...

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    If it was done like Sealab. That could be fuckin' hilarious!

  • April 13, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Kirby did designs for a Lord of Light (Roger Zelanzy) movie.

    by cyberskunk

    In fact, here they are. Or some of them:<p> http://www.lordoflight.com/art.html

  • April 13, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Thundarr and MCVamp's song

    by Dollar Bird

    Kudos to your Dragonspies theme, sir. (Or madam.)<p>Seriously, Thundarr was the only solid Conan-esque cartoon of my time. He-Man blew. More muscles than Mozart had notes to the point where those characters just looked grotesque. Also, the plots were lame and I hated the PSAs. (Having Orko tell me to talk to my priest or rabbi if something bad happens was just out there. What kid would see those figures as the go-to man for problems?) And Thundercats just seemed too limited in scope. Not that Thundarr was flawless. I can think of several times where I thought "How much of this would still be standing 1000 years from now? Like that street sign?" Clearly, I was an overthinking dork.

  • April 13, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Re: Yo Gabba Gabba comment

    by Teddy Artery

    Those guys get the best musicians on TV today. Have you ever seen Cornelius when they appeared on that show? Brill!

  • April 13, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    So the movie will be made with cartoons and life-size puppets?

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • April 13, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    From 1976?

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • April 13, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    WHY ARENT KROFTT SHOWS STILL ON TV?

    by uberman

    Because they were so god-damned awful as to defy description. Just epic bad. And I was a kid back in the 70's, and NOBODY watched that crap, as it was crap then, and its aged even worse. Excuse me, I'm getting ill just thinking of it...

  • April 13, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Must... have... Thundarr... on DVD

    by Triple_J_72

    The COMPLETE series, not 1 episode on some compilation set.

  • April 13, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    jonnycat121...it sucked so much

    by brabon300

    that dc is still using his 4th world creations and some guy named lucas borrowed heavily from that same 4th world when creating his star wars universe<p> seriously, how does it feel going through life as a total tool?

  • April 13, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    and let me add

    by brabon300

    that kirby's fights with marvel started long before he ever would have been considered old<p> btw, can you name one character of note that stan created without either kirby or ditko?<p> oh, and kirby never went senile....ever...worked almost up to the day of his untimely death....you worthless fuck

  • April 13, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    brabon300 sucks Kirby's cold, desiccated cock

    by jonnycat121

    If you want to be Kirby's buttboy, that's up to you. His work sucked and anything still be used is being done much better than Kirby ever did it. Kirby was a bitter old man who became jealous of Stan's fame. He was old and senile, which doesn't stop you from working, by the way. Take a look at his work the years before his timely death and it shows...just awful. God Bless, you fucking loser!

  • April 13, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Love Kirby, but....

    by mortsleam

    I have a bunch of half-assed sketches with ill-defined characters and outright ripoffs of older properties lying around too. When do I get my damn animation contract?

  • April 14, 2010, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Harry's lost it

    by MalinAckermansNipples

    completely

  • April 14, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    jonnycat121

    by Ghostball

    it's fine that you don't like Kirby's stuff, but you don't have to insult him - he's brought more enjoyment and awe to more people than most of us ever will. <p>As for his claims to a share of property, I don't think anybody would say with any conviction that he was treated fairly by Lee, and I think there are two different arguments here: a legal one, and an ethical. Few will argue Kirby had a legal case, but most will probably say that considering just how instrumental the man was in forging moderm day legends (easy equals to the classics of Ancient Greece, etc. Come on, this the man who created fucking the Fourth World, jonny. Fucking DARKSEID!! ...What you got? :)

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  • April 16, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    I love Stan Lee but COME ON....

    by Lazenby1969

  • April 16, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    ....

    by Lazenby1969

    The man was part of a TEAM of creators...Lee without Kirby is McCartney without Lennon...