If this one doesn’t make you smile, then we don’t know what will. DC have announced that they will be launching a line of comics based on the classic animated series of Hanna-Barbera. Yeah, I can’t believe I just wrote that either.
The likes of Scooby Doo, The Flintstones, Wacky Races, Jonny Quest and Space Ghost will find new life in comic form, starting in May. This will be an apparent revitalisation of the characters you’ve known and loved forever, under new titles (and don’t get too keyboard warrior too quick on this) Scooby Apocalypse, Wacky Raceland and Future Quest.
I’m totally claiming Scooby Apocalypse as the name for my next heavy metal concept album. Just saying.
DC’s Co-Publisher Dan DiDio commented “From a personal standpoint, I was always a fan of the old Hanna-Barbera characters, having grown up on them,” you and us all, Dan. But he continues, “I think what you find right now is there’s so much material on pop culture, and these characters resonate with so much of our fanbase.”
Who can’t say they haven’t fallen in love with at least one Hanna-Barbera series in their life? FTN is bouncing off the walls with excitement, just thinking at the prospect of Scooby Doo teaming up with Batman, or The Jetsons running into The Lantern Corp. If you’re not down with that, you need to lighten up.
DiDio continues: “It was so fun to go out and look at them, but not just bring back versions that existed 40, 50 years ago and really look at it the way of saying, if these characters were created and interpreted today, how would they exist? So we handed off our materials to a number of top creators, and what came back was an exciting look that felt very true to the existence of the characters.”
So don’t just expect a new coat of paint on the same old model. This will be all new, all DC Hanna-Barbera.
Comics creator Jim Lee followed the announcement by saying: “I’m a huge Scooby Doo fan, as I think most people are. I mean, look at these iconic series and they were cultural touchstones for everyone. All my kids know of Scooby Doo from the various cartoons and live action movies, and we’re in a period where you have people my age that are spending their days thinking about cartoon and sci-fi action movies. It’s a multigenerational obsession at this point, and we just thought it would just be really interesting to take the cartoon version of these characters and see where they would be if we took what existed in the very first iteration of the cartoon and moved it into this day and age.”
He sounds as excited as us! Stay tuned for all the information on the DC/Hanna-Barbera series as we get them.
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE – Featuring character designs by veteran artist Jim Lee and an origin story by Jim Lee and Keith Giffen (JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001), artist Howard Porter (SUPERMAN) will provide his own unique take on Freddie, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo. “Those meddling kids” and their Mystery Machine are at the center of a well-meaning experiment gone wrong and they’ll need to bring all of their mystery solving skills to bear (along with plenty of Scooby Snacks), to find a cure for a world full of mutated creatures infected by a nanite virus that enhances their fears, terrors and baser instincts. This time, the horrors are real in this apocalyptic near-future badland!
WACKY RACELAND – Take The Ant Hill Mob, Penelope Pitstop and Dick Dastardly, mix in a healthy dose of “Mad Max” and you get this dark and gritty take on Hanna-Barbera’s “Wacky Races,” courtesy of writer Ken Pontac (REBOOT, HAPPY TREE FRIENDS) and artist Leonardo Manco (HELLBLAZER), with vehicle designs by Mark Sexton (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD). A time of hope and innocence with Utopia at the finish line has given way to planetary Armageddon and a desert wasteland full of radioactive lakes, nanotech dust storms, and cannibalistic mutants. Against this backdrop, the Wacky Racers and their sentient vehicles continue their contest, but now the competition is for survival, and there can only be one winner when the checkered flag falls.
THE FLINTSTONES – Based on character designs by Amanda Conner (HARLEY QUINN, STARFIRE), writer Mark Russell (PREZ, GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU) provides his own unique perspective on everyone’s “modern stone age family.” Russell will use Bedrock’s most popular family to shine a light on humanity’s ancient customs and institutions in a funny origin story of human civilization. Fred is still the simple man, striving to be the king of his castle, Wilma is still the tolerant but not-indulging wife and Barney (with his wife Betty and infant son Bamm-Bamm) is still the original wingman, whose loyalty to Fred often outweighs his common sense.
FUTURE QUEST – Writer Jeff Parker (AQUAMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED, BATMAN ’66) and artist Evan “Doc” Shaner (JUSTICE LEAGUE DARKSEID WAR: GREEN LANTERN) join forces to bring fans new tales of adventure’s most iconic teenager, Jonny Quest, along with his sidekick Hadji. This series combines Team QUEST (Hadji, Race Bannon, Dr. Benton Quest and Jezebel Jade) with some of the most well-known action and adventure heroes ever created by Hanna-Barbera, including SPACE GHOST, THE HERCULOIDS, BIRDMAN, MIGHTOR and FRANKENSTEIN Jr., among others.
The concept art for them is above and below…