Sunday, July 4, 2021

More Rabbit Holes (Literally and Figuratively)

I was working on the cover for Doc Stalwart #77, the first appearance of Ro (this is NOT it, by the way), and I was very happy with how it turned out. I'll be sharing it next week, but if you sign up for my Patreon, you get to see it immediately. Cause that's how that works :)

However, I was thinking of how the backstory works, and how drama happens behind the scenes, and I was thinking that it would be fun if in the late 60's (or early 70s) there was a Saturday morning cartoon based on Doc Stalwart, the Doc Stalwart Action Hour. It had a lead feature (15 minutes long) featuring Doc Stalwart, but the writers of the show picked and chose things from the series. The breaking point for Lee Stanford (Doc's creator and writer) was when they did an episode where Ro appeared, but they had him talk. That went against everything Lee thought about the character, and he almost quit the series in rage (not for the first or last time, either). He had already been mad that Doc had been given a bunny sidekick (Carrot the Stalwart Bunny), and that Simian Prime kept making ape sounds whenever he would talk. But Ro talking (and speaking like an angry toddler - "Ro no like that! Ro destroy planet!") put him over the edge.

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