Last year, DC boldly reimagined various beloved Hanna-Barbera properties when it released such series as Scooby Apocalypse, Future Quest, The Flintstones and Wacky Raceland. Whether or not those offerings were your cup of tea, you may want to check out 2017’s additions to the line when the likes of Snagglepuss by writer Mark Russell with art by Howard Porter, Ruff and Ready by writer/artist Howard Chaykin, The Jetsons by writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner with art by Pier Brito and Top Cat by writer Dan DiDio with art by Phil Winslade arrive in comic shops.
Although these series aren’t ready to launch just yet, readers will have the chance to sample eight-page previews to be included in various annuals scheduled to hit stands on March 29. As long as these don’t drive up the cover price (the average annual retails at $4.99 or $5.99), we have no problem with added content.
As of now, not much is known about the second wave, but Snagglepuss scribe Mark Russell recently sat down with HiLoBrow and had this to say about the cartoon cat’s new status quo:
“Yeah, it was not much of a stretch at all. I envision him like a tragic Tennessee Williams figure; Huckleberry Hound is sort of a William Faulkner guy, they’re in New York in the 1950s, Marlon Brando shows up, Dorothy Parker, these socialites of New York from that era come and go. I’m looking forward to it; that’s what I’ll do after The Flintstones. [Russell’s contract in the gravel pit is for 12 issues.] I’ll go right from that into Snagglepuss.”
In addition to that, he revealed which annual his comic will be previewed in as well as giving an idea as to when we can expect these titles to start shipping:
“Yes, in fact, an eight-page sampler comes out in March in the Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Annual [laughs] — it’s about Snagglepuss being dragged in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities! Then the series will begin in September or October I think. It’s gonna be very different from The Flintstones, it’s more about the creative process; much more of an intimate story, much less about social criticism.”
Before leaving, be sure to check out an interior page from Snagglepuss below.