Devil Dinosaur has always been one of my favorite Kirby creations, and when Phil Hester did his first round of Jack Kirby drawings to benefit The Hero Initiative, I knew right away the big red guy was going to be my first pick!
Since then, the character has made a huge comeback, with Moon Boy switched out for Moon Girl, with a very young reader friendly slant that has found a big audience in the Scholastic book fair market – so much so that Brandon Montclaire, Amy Reeder and Natacha Bustos’ revamp of this classic duo will be finding its way to television screens near you via the Disney network of cable channels in animated form.
Laurence Fishburne, big comics guy that he is – having played Perry White in the recent Superman films and is now taking on the role of Bill Foster in Ant-Man and The Wasp, will be executive producing the series with black-ish executive producer Helen Sugland.
Disney has quite a line-up of animated Marvel properties in their roster now, including Marvel’s Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble (focusing on Black Panther next season) and Guardians of the Galaxy. The adventures of Luna LaFayette, child genius with an Inhuman ability to switch bodies with her oversized crimson dino pal, should fit right in on whichever yet to be announced Disney network this may premiere on.
Originally the character was conceived by Kirby for a possible animated series to compete with another creation of his in Kamandi, which DC was readying for an animated series at the same time. Neither cartoon came to be, though Kirby did find his way into animation later, working on series like Thundarr the Barbarian and others in the Ruby-Spears catalog, but seeing the concept make its way to television screens finally feels like a bit of untapped potential is seeing fulfillment, but in a way that should capture the hearts and minds of little ones of this generation. More to come, for sure.