In a move that is surprisingly overdue and somewhat shocking DC entertainment is going to release a line of comics that give new life to the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon properties, including Scooby Doo, the Flintstones, Johnny Quest, Space Ghost, and Wacky Races. An interview done with Entertainment Weekly, DC co-publisher Dan DiDio said a mass reboot goal is not to just bring back versions that existed 40 or 50 years ago but to look at these characters and interpret them and how they would exist today. Not much is known about the content of the comics, but some of their titles suggest new slants on old concepts: Future Quest, Wacky Raceland, and, most eyebrow-raising of all, Scooby Apocalypse. And speaking of the apocalypse: A designer from Mad Max: Fury Road consulted on Wacky Raceland!
The new comics are scheduled to launch in May and will feature work from some of the industry’s best creators, including Jim Lee, Amanda Conner, Evan “Doc” Shaner, Jeff Parker, and Howard Porter. This is far from the first time these characters have gotten a modernized sheen; among the many previous attempts were the mid-’90s The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest cartoon (which was rad if you were a preteen at the time), legendary cult talk show Space Ghost: Coast to Coast (which was definitely rad, with no qualifications), and the 1994 Flintstones movie that starred John Goodman and Rosie O’Donnell (about which the less is said, the better).
I for one am looking forward to this because I was a huge fan of the Wacky Races cartoon franchise.