The creative line-ups for the four new DC titles spinning out of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon library have been revealed. Initially announced Thursday morning, DC is launching a line of titles based around Scooby Doo, The Flintstones, Wacky Races, Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, The Herculoids and more.
“I can’t think of anyone that doesn’t look back at these characters with anything but fond memories,” said co-publisher Dan DiDio. “With this initial lineup of titles and talent, we’re excited for fans to experience the reimagining of these Saturday morning classics with a more modern and contemporary look and feel.”
The lead title will be Scooby Apocalypse. DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee is acting as co-writer and character designer, joined by co-writer Keith Giffen and artist Howard Porter. Here's how DC describes it:
“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!
DC will be merging Hanna-Barbera's action titles including Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, The Herculoids, Birdman, Mightor and Frankenstein Jr. under one banner as Future Quest. Writer Jeff Parker and artist Evan "Doc" Shaner reunite after working together on a recent Flash Gordon reboot for Dynamite.
Wacky Raceland follows in the footsteps of the animated Wacky Races show, with animation writer Ken Pontact, artist Leonardo Manco, and vehicle designer Mark Sexton. The series will feature Dick Dastardly, Penelope Pitstop, the Ant Hill Mob, and more in what the publisher calls a "dark and gritty" take on the animated series ala Mad Max. DC describes it as follows:
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 fourth title launching in May is The Flintstones. Amanda Conner is leading the charge with new redesigns of Fred, Wilma and the gang, with Prez writer Mark Russell and an artist to be named later crafting the series itself.
DC describes it as folows:
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.
All four series will reportedly launch in May, but there's no word if they'll be ongoings, miniseries or one-shots.