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Again, I went to work on putting a pitch together on the series. Now again called "GARGOYLES" instead of "The Gargoyle". I was still stuck on the poignancy of the proto-Goliath having been alive and alone for the thousand years, something that we'd eventually trade over to Demona, where it sat better.
(Weisman / 1-29-92)
We all think we know what GARGOYLES are. Ugly, stone statues squatting on the rooves of old buildings...
(Card 1: trio.)
But a thousand years ago, gargoyles were real, living creatures.
At night, they were the kings defenders.
Led by the Gargoyle-Master...
(Card 2: The Gargoyle.)
All the gargoyle warriors and squires would guard the castle from attack.
Everyday, they slept. Frozen in stone on the ramparts.
(Card 3: Stone.)
The one day the castle was overrun. Sacked. The people dragged away in chains. Most of the gargoyle warriors were destroyed.
The Gargoyle-Master took full responsiblity.
As punishment, a wizard layed a curse on him. He said, "Your job was to safeguard the people of this castle.
You failed. Now you will guard this empty relic alone, until it rests in the clouds."
Now, that's the kind of curse that's designed to last forever.
And our tragic hero does in fact guard the castle alone for a thousand years.
The few young gargoyles who survived the attack stay frozen in stone both night and day.
The Gargoyle-Master despairs.
Then the castle is purchased by an American.
It is moved to the top of a sky-scraper in Manhattan.
(Card 4: Castle on skyscraper.)
...Where it rests in the clouds; the curse is lifted.
And the Gargoyle is no longer alone...
He meets a young police detective who can see past his ugly form.
(Card 5: Detective.)
She offers him hope, a sense of purpose.
(Card 6: Moonlight.)
Together they'll fight tough villains...
(Card 7 & 8: Catscan and the robot.)
...and try to keep the newly awakened young gargoyles out of trouble.