DC and Hanna-Barbera join forces to bring classic characters to modern comics

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While Scooby-Doo, Fred Flinstone, and Jonny Quest may still be household names, it’s largely due to their long history of syndication. Now, DC Comics and Hanna-Barbera are teaming up to breathe new life into classic characters, hopefully to the benefit of everyone, including the audience. It won’t be as simple as publishing series rehashing old Saturday morning cartoon episodes, though; DC wants to bring these character to the modern era with titles like Scooby Apocalypse, Future Quest, Wacky Raceland and The Flintstones re-imagined for a contemporary audience.

“From a personal standpoint, I was always a fan of the old Hanna-Barbera characters, having grown up on them,” co-publisher of DC Entertainment, Dan DiDio, told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”

What does that all mean? Many of these comics are for a young adult generation, and often less kid-friendly than their animated counterparts. Realizing that means Wacky Raceland‘s creative team includes Mark Sexton, one of the designers on Mad Max: Fury Road, giving the Scooby gang an apocalyptic-sized problem, and Future Quest has a vast cast of Hanna-Barbera action favourites, including Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, The Herculoids, Frankenstein Jr, The Impossibles, Birdman, The Galaxy Trio, and Mightor all under a single cover. It certainly won’t be Hanna-Barbera’s first foray into a young adult market (Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law ran successfully on Adult Swim for four seasons over seven years) but time will tell whether or not they can duplicate their success in comic book form and release more titles.

Personally, I can’t get over Shaggy’s uber-hipster update in the Scooby Apocalypse art. What do you think about this new line of comics? Check out the gallery below and let us know in the comments!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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