Joe Ruby, who helped invigorate Saturday morning children’s television as the co-creator of Scooby-Doo, the long-running animated franchise about a group of teenage private eyes and their chicken-hearted, snack-guzzling Great Dane, died Aug. 26 at his home in Westlake Village, Calif. He was 87.
The cause was complications from a fall, said his wife, Carole Ruby.
A prolific writer and producer, Ruby created “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” with Ken Spears, his longtime writing partner at the animation studio Hanna-Barbera. Premiering in 1969, the show ran for two seasons on CBS and grew into a pop culture phenomenon, inspiring two live-action films, a host of spinoff series and a slew of animated imitators involving teenagers, animals and lighthearted mysteries.
Mixing thrills, slapstick humor and a touch of the supernatural, the show has remained on-air in one form or another for more than half a century, reliably entertaining two generations of viewers