Joe Ruby was an American animator, television editor, writer, and producer; the co-founder with Ken Spears of television animation production company Ruby-Spears Productions. He started in sound editing at Hanna-Barbera in 1960, then he and Spears co-created Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! in 1969 and The Scooby-Doo Show in 1976, as well as Jabberjaw, Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, and Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels.
Ruby died of natural causes in 2020, at the age of 87.
Ruby and Spears wrote the first five episodes, and either wrote or story edited the rest.