The weirdest team-up you ever thought you’d see.
DC Comics recently launched several books based on classic Hanna-Barbera properties. Animated shows such as The Flintstones, Wacky Racers, and Scooby-Doo have been reimagined in strange ways. For example, the Scooby Apocalypse comic features the Mystery Incorporated kids in a world overrun by zombies, and the Future Quest series includes characters from Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, Harvey Birdman, and more.
This coming week, DC is taking the Hanna-Barbera revitalization a step further by releasing comic book annuals (oversized comics released once a year) featuring crossovers with the animated characters and regular DC ones. These include: Green Lantern/Space Ghost, Booster Gold/The Flintstones, Adam Strange/Future Quest, and Suicide Squad/Banana Splits. Each also features a backup stories with characters such as the Jetsons, Top Cat, Ruff ‘n’ Ready, and Top Cat.
Here’s a 13-page look from the Suicide Squad/Banana Splits issue, including a look at the Snagglepuss backup.
The Banana Splits was an hour-long live-action variety show featuring hosts in animal costumes posing as a rock band. The show, which ran from 1968-1970, also included live-action and animated segments.
In a new story, the Banana Splits are mistaken for metahumans and thrown into Belle Reve. Once in the prison, Amanda Waller recruits them for a secret mission. With Waller, “recruit” means she’s forcing them to do her bidding by placing a bomb inside their skulls. The mission: rescue the Suicide Squad. It’s up to Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper, and Snorky to rescue Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Katana, and Croc.
Suicide Squad/Banana Splits is written by Tony Bedard with art by Ben Caldwell and Mark Morales and color by Jeremy Lawson. The Snagglepuss backup is written by Mark Russell with art by Howard Porter and color by Steve Buccellato. This issue, and the other crossover annuals, goes on sale Wednesday, March 29. You can also purchase them online here.