While coming up with the idea of the less moronic takes on the characters in the writers room for Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe, Judge, writer Lew Morton and company decided to differentiate the two sets of Beavis (Beavises? Beavii? What’s the plural here?) and Butt-Heads by utilizing grandiose designs…much like those favored by Kirby.
“Google Jack Kirby hands,” Mike Judge tells us, “I love these hand gestures which aren’t right for Beavis and Butt-Head, but it was really fun to put them on smart Beavis and Butt-Head, just like Roman statues.”
For those unaware, aside from his storytelling acumen and knack for creating and innovating the most spectacular action and fight scenes in comics history, Kirby was known for distinctive stylistic choices, with characters known to make dramatic, theatrical gestures on the page, sometimes pointing directly at the reader. For example, just look at the Smart B&B influencing Watcher in his very first Marvel Comics appearance on the cover of Fantastic Four #48 for one example…
“I just love those poses and and I don’t do them very often because Beavis and Butt-Head aren’t those kinds of characters,” Judge says. “But it was fun to do and we’re doing more smart Beavis and Butt-Head in the series. There’s possibly even a spin-off.”
A solo show focusing exclusively on brilliant Beavis and Butt-Head? Somewhere Jack Kirby has a confused smile on his face.
Watch more of our interview with Mike Judge about the new Beavis and Butt-Head series here: