Thursday, August 27, 2020
Joe Ruby, Co-Creator of Mega Man "Ruby-Spears" Cartoon, Has Died
Animation legend Joe Ruby, who not only co-created Scooby-Doo! but the now-infamous early nineties Mega Man cartoon, passed away on Wednesday, August 26th. He was 87-years-old.
“He never stopped writing and creating, even as he aged,” his grandson Benjamin Ruby told Variety.
Alongside Ken Spears, Joe Ruby worked with Capcom to develop the animated Mega Man series in 1994. A good 26 years later, the show is fondly remembered by fans and non-fans alike. It's a delightful cheesy romp that's spawned countless fan-art, parodies and memes. It will not be soon forgotten. (It is, after all, available to watch in its entirely on YouTube)
For those interested, M Sipher published a great interview with Joe several years ago that's worth a read. Joe talks about the show's origins, the mythical season 3, the unproduced Mega Man X spin-off, and more.
Goodbye, Joe. Thanks for the memories!