We all remember growing up as children, sitting in front of the television and watching cartoons like The Flintstones and Johnny Quest. Now we can relive those "good old days" and reconnect with the characters we grew up watching as kids. DC Entertainment has announced a plan to launch a new line of comic books that will be rebooting several classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters. Titles that will be a part of the reboot include Scooby Apocalypse, The Flintstones, Wacky Raceland and Future Quest.
When talking to Entertainment Weekly, co-publisher of DC Comics Dan DiDio had the following to say:
“From a personal standpoint, I 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 fan base. 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.”
A group of writers and illustrators that have worked with DC Comics were selected for the task of reinventing these classic characters. That team now consists of Jeff Parker (Aquaman), Howard Porter (Superman), Amanda Conner (Birds of Prey), Evan "Doc" Shaner (Justice League: Darkseid War: Green Lantern) and co-publisher and artist Jim Lee.
“What you’ll see is that Amanda Conner really looked at the Flintstones and found a way to move them forward, even though they’re set in the past. 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.” said DiDio.
Out of all of the comics, there is one that DiDio and Lee are more excited about than others.
“I’m a huge Scooby-Doo fan, as I think most people are,” Lee explains. “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 multi-generational 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.”
As of right now, DiDio and Lee can only discuss the initial titles that are going to be released. But can we expect any other classics to be rebooted in the future?
“There’s a deep, deep bench of wonderful characters in the Hanna-Barbera library we’d love to get involved in, so this is just the first step into a very steep pool,” reveals DiDio.
“And there are certain things you can do in longform serialized content that you can’t do in other media,” adds Lee. “And we want to take advantage of that and give our creators the freedom to take chances with these characters in a way you might not see in other media. I think that’s the fun of working in comics.”
The new Hanna-Barbera comics will launch this May. You can see the promotional art below: