Hanna-Barbera's characters are back in a big way. In 2016, DC Comics will launch a new line of comics dedicated to the classic characters, featuring titles like "Scooby Apocalypse," "Future Quest," "Wacky Race Land," "The Flintstones," and possibly others. The creators involved include Amanda Conner ("The Flintstones"), "Mad Max: Fury Road" designer Mark Sexton ("Wacky Raceland"), Jeff Parker, Jim Lee, Howard Porter and more.
DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio told Entertainment Weekly that he "was always a fan of the old Hanna-Barbera characters, having grown up on them. 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. 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."
Details are still forthcoming about the line, including the final lineup of titles and creators involved. As revealed by DiDio on Twitter, the line will include:
- "The Flintstones," with designs by Amanda Conner and written by Mark Russell
- "Wacky Race Land" by Mark Sexton and Ken Pontac
- Jeff Parker and Evan "Doc" Shaner on "Future Quest," starring the Hanna-Barbera action heroes (including Space Ghost and Jonny Quest)
- "Scooby Apocalypse" from Jim Lee, Keith Giffen and Howard Porter
Lee and DiDio refer to "Scooby Apocalypse" as the "crown jewel" of the line. "I'm a huge Scooby Doo fan, as I think most people are," said Lee. "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."