DC Comics is launching a line of comic books based on Hanna-Barbera's Flintstones, Scooby Doo, Wacky Races, Space Ghost, Jonny Quest and more, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. Scheduled to launch in May, these new titles aim to "revitalize" the characters with new stories and titles like Scooby Apocalypse, Future Quest and Wacky Raceland. Newsarama has a full gallery of the concept art and covers released so far here.
“From a personal standpoint, I was always a fan of the old Hanna-Barbera characters, having grown up on them,” said DC Co-Publisher Dan Didio. “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.”
The complete list of the titles and the creators involved which each was not announced, but names included Jim Lee, Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Jeff Parker, Evan "Doc" Shaner, Howard Porter and Mark Sexton.
“What you’ll see is that Amanda Connor really looked at the Flintstones and found a way to move them forward, even though they’re set in the past," Didio said. “And then we have a great other creators: Doc is having a great time with the characters, and we brought in Mark Sexton, one of the designers from Mad Max: Fury Road to take a pass on the Rocky Races.”
Jim Lee, who illustrated the Flintstones cover shown with the announcement, calls the Scooby Doo franchise their "crown jewel."
"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.”
DC's parent company Warner Bros. acquired the Hanna-Barbera cartoon library in 1996 in the merger with Turner Broadcasting Systems.