How a Legendary Marvel Creator Inspired the New Beavis and Butthead

How a Legendary Marvel Creator Inspired the New Beavis and Butthead ...

Beavis and Butt-Head spoilers are included in this article.

An article about Beavis and Butthead is a spoiler alert, but then again, nothing about the pair's popularity has been anticipated. The troublesome teens first gained fame when the program was broadcast on MTV's legendary animation anthology Liquid Television. The rest is pop culture history.

The pair are back in a new series that is now available on Paramount+, following the excellent feature film Beavis and Butthead Do the Universe. They are still as demented as ever (yes friends, even Beavis and Butthead are immune to the creative pleasures that the multiverse provides).

In this revival series, the smartest Beavis and Butthead are still not that smart, but there's more at play here, as you may have noticed the obvious differences between Beavis and Butthead's almost omniscient character The Watcher, who was recently promoted to new heights of pop culture fame on the What If? animated series. That's without any accident, and you can chalk it up to Jack Kirby, the legendary architect and co-creator of the Marvel Universe.

Judge, writer Lew Morton, and his team decided to combine the two sets of Beavis (Beavises? Beavii? Whats the plural here?) and Butt-Heads by using grandiose designs, similar to those favored by Kirby.

Mike Judge tells us that Google Jack Kirby hands are wonderful. These arent appropriate for Beavis and Butt-Head, but they were very cool to put them on smart Beavis and Butt-Head, just like Roman statues.

Kirby was well-known for making striking stylistic choices, including characters who would perform dramatic, theatrical gestures on the page, often directly at the reader. For example, look at the Smart B&B influencing Watcher in his very first Marvel Comics appearance on the cover of Fantastic Four #48.

Judge claims that I do not do them very often because Beavis and Butthead arent those kinds of characters. However, it was enjoyable to do and were doing more intelligent Beavis and Butthead in the series. There may even be a spin-off.

Is this a solo show focusing solely on Beavis and Butthead, who is so brilliant? Somewhere Jack Kirby smiles a confused expression.

Watch more of Mike Judge's interview about the new Beavis and Butt-Head series here:

Beavis and Butthead are now available on Paramount+.