As an unprecedented gift from our childhood, DC Comics has announced that many classic Hanna Barbera cartoons are coming back in a new way in 2016.
In an announcement from Entertainment Weekly, DC is preparing at least hour new comics for this year. These comics will be dramatically new takes on classic titles like Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, Johnny Quest, and Wacky Races.
The most dramatic update comes in the form of Scooby Apocalypse. This comic is set to headline this new lineup of Hanna Barbera titles. Jim Lee has returned to draw this series in a new and refreshing way. Joining him will be Howard Porter and Keith Giffen.
“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,” says Lee.
Meanwhile, Wacky Races is getting a post-apocalyptic makeover from Mad Max: Fury Road designer Mark Sexton. As you can see in the art below, Washy Race Land wears its influences on its sleeve. This collaboration definitely fits and we can actually picture many awesome t-shirt designs to market the series.
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The tamest update comes from The Flintstones. This series is being redesigned by Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn) and written by Mark Russell. While this series looks to be much more traditional than the others, we expect the tone and humor to feel much more modern in its approach.
The most ambitious title looks to be Future Quest. This series will bring many of the Hanna Barbara franchises into one shared universe. A few shows to be included are Johnny Quest, Space Ghost, The Herculoids, and Birdman and the Galaxy Trio. Writing the series will be Jeff Parker (Flash Gordon) and Doc Shaner will be handling the art.
“When we discuss the plot of these books, the smile that comes over people’s faces is infectious,” says DC Co-Publisher Dan Didio. “And even without reading any of the stories, they’re already excited at what we’re trying to accomplish. As a longtime fan of this material…this is my childhood dream come true. And when you see what’s going to happen with Scooby and Wacky Races, even if you were cynical about how we approached these things, you’re going to love everything once you see the finished product.”
This is definitely some exciting and interesting news for classic television and comic book fans alike. We highly suggest keeping your eyes open for these titles later this year.