Alexander Kuhn’s ‘Scooby-Doo’ Redesigns Are Even More Retro Than The Originals
If you’ve been watching the new season of Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated — and I have; the record will show that I am a man with a lot of very strong feelings about those meddling kinds — then you already know that they’ve been exploring past incarnations of the gang from the ages. My personal favorite so far is the Benevolent Lodge of Mystery, but this week, artist Alexander Kuhn dropped a pretty awesome look back of his own: A retro redesign of a 1950s version of Mystery Inc, complete with a ’44 Woody station wagon taking the place of the gang’s usual van.It makes sense, too: One of the most widely known pieces of trivia about the gang is that they’re modeled after the main characters of the 1959 sitcom, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. But rather than just recycling those looks, which included future Gilligan Bob Denver as the Shaggy-esque Maynard G. Krebs, Kuhn went in a slightly different direction:
For Freddie Jones, Kuhn drops the signature ascot in favor of a school sweater:
Daphne Blake, meanwhile, gets a letter of her own in the form the embroidered initial on her sweater that those of us under the age of 50 only recognize from reruns of Laverne and Shirley:
For Norville “Shaggy” Rogers, Kuhn makes the interesting choice to ditch the beatnik look and instead make him George McFly as a greaser, complete with bomber jacket and an unkempt pompadour:
Kuhn’s redesign of Velma Dinkley is far and away my favorite of the bunch, if only because that sparkly grandma sweater is pretty fantastic. Either way, that untied shoelace is definitely going to lead to some broken glasses at exactly the worst time:
For more of Kuhn’s work, including the cast of Legend of Korra redesigned with contemporary hipster fashions, check out Kuhn’s website!