Scooby-Doo Creator Joe Ruby Is Dead At 87



The series introduced Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, Fred and the beloved Scooby-Doo to kids and cartoon enthusiasts across the United States, and all over the world.

"He never stopped writing and creating, even as he aged". It was launched as a gentler series partly in response to complaints about violence in cartoons such as Space Ghost.

The gang started solving mysteries when "Scooby-Doo" first aired on CBS way back in 1969, with Joe and Ken writing the animated series' first 5 episodes, plus story editing and supervising for the rest of the inaugural series.

The success of Scooby-Doo ensured numerous follow-up and spin-off animated series, including films starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. "He was half of Ruby-Spears, who created THUNDARR THE BARBARIAN, GOLDIE GOLD, and a slew of others, but he was also the co-creator of SCOOBY DOO!".

Speaking to Scooby-Doo fansite Scooby Addicts, Ruby said: "I did some magazine cartooning years before, but never pursued [working as a writer] much". "We imagined they were just going to be a super delicious doggy snack". "We were anxious it wouldn't last but one season".

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Ruby began his career in animation at the Walt Disney Animation Studios where he worked in the inbetweeners department.

After Scooby-Doo became a hit, Ruby and Spears were hired by CBS president of children's programming Fred Silverman to oversee the Saturday morning cartoons.

Later, Ruby went to Hanna-Barbera Productions where he met Ken Spears.

Hanna-Barbera's parent company Taft Entertainment acquired Ruby-Spears in 1981, and its catalogue went to Turner Broadcasting in 1991. Ruby went on to produce Punky Brewster, Lazer Tag Academy, Centurions, Rambo, Sectaurs and Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos throughout the '80s.

Joe Ruby is survived by his wife, Carole, of 63 years, as well as four children and ten grandchildren.

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