Friday, February 16, 2007

 

The Secret Saturdays

Cartoon Network has revealed a sheaf of new shows, some of which look like utter drek, and some of which look like they'll be quite watchable. There's the animated series based on the life of Mexican wrestler and real-life superhero, Santos, for one. And then there's this little gem from Jay Stephens.
Doc, Drew and Zak Saturday are a family of world-saving adventure scientists in The Secret Saturdays, a new comedy-action series created by Jay Stephens. The Saturdays live in a hidden base and are part of a network of scientists who protect people from all the hidden and terrifying things in this world. Traveling the hot globe, they explore ancient temples and bottomless caves and tangle with twisted villains, including the masked madman V.V. Argost and his half-human/half-giant spider. "Doc, Drew and Zak Saturday are a family of world-saving adventure scientists in The Secret Saturdays, a new comedy-action series created by Jay Stephens. The Saturdays live in a hidden base and are part of a network of scientists who protect people from all the hidden and terrifying things in this world. Traveling the hot globe, they explore ancient temples and bottomless caves and tangle with twisted villains, including the masked madman V.V. Argost and his half-human/half-giant spider.
Shame on you if you don't know Jay Stephens. His work is made of pure awesome. As I've said before, Stephens is responsible for some of the funniest things ever committed to paper. Previous Stephens creations to get the animated treatment were Jetcat and Tutenstein, but it sounds like Secret Saturdays might be more in line with things like Atomic City Tales, or all-ages adventure shows like Jonny Quest. I'm looking forward to checking it out!

Update 2/19/07: Jay Stephens has posted a note about the show, and provided a couple of promotional images.



He also quoted from the press release, which gives a bit fuller description of the concept: "THE SECRET SATURDAYS: Jay Stephens has created a new comedy/action series, in which Doc, Drew and Zak Saturday are a family of world-saving adventure scientists called The Secret Saturdays. Living in a hidden base, they are part of a network of scientists who protect against all the hidden and terrifying things in this world. To The Saturdays, ordinary folktales aren’t just legends -- they are real-life mysteries and adventures. Traveling from the hot Gobi Desert to the icy Marianas Trench, they explore ancient temples and bottomless caves and tangle with twisted villains like the masked madman V.V. Argost and his half-human/half-giant spider."

What's not to love?

Comments:
Oh yippee! I love Jay Stephen's stuff. Sound like more Doc Savage/Challengers of the Unknown/Johnny Quest country, and I like that terrain.
 
Definitely. Stephens has posted a model sheet of one of the villains, which should help give you an idea the vibe he's going for. In writing about an early incarnation of the project, The Cryptids, he specifically references as influences "Mighty Mightor, Space Ghost, Galaxy Trio, and especially Jonny Quest and the Herculoids," and mentions the designs of Doug Wildey and Alex Toth. That's a fine lineage for cartoon about monster hunters, if you ask me!
 
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