Native Michigander tied to DC reboot of 'Future Quest'

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Most memories of Hanna-Barbera characters come from Saturday mornings in front of the TV, but DC Entertainment is bringing "re-imagined and fresh" versions of the famous characters to comic books this May. 

Cartoonist Evan "Doc" Shaner, originally of Jackson, is tied to the reboot of familiar faces, including "Scooby-Doo," "The Flintstones" and "Jonny Quest."

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Shaner, now of Denver, will serve as the artist tied to the "Future Quest" series, according to a press release from DC Entertainment. 

Shaner graduated from Jackson High School in 2003 and went on to get his degree from Central Michigan University. His father, Joel Shaner, is Jackson High's instrumental music teacher. 

"I've been doing my best the last few months to not talk about Space Ghost, Jonny Quest, etc. here & they are my favorite things in the world," Tweeted Shaner. "I realize that any one of these characters is the prize jewel of many artists, so the rare chance to draw all of them is not lost on me."

He will be joined by familiar faces in writer Jeff Parker and colorist Jordie Bellaire on the "Future Quest" series. 

Shaner and Parker received high-praise for their work on the Flash Gordon series, with Comic Book Resources ranking it No. 31 on its top 100 comic books of 2014.

"Future Quest" will bring new stories featuring Jonny Quest and his partner Hadji. While Jonny and Hadji have been a tandem since 1964, Shaner and Parker will infuse the crew with new stories featuring some of Hanna-Barbera's most recognizable villains. 

"I can't think of anyone that doesn't look back at these characters with anything but fond memories," DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio said in the press release. "With this initial lineup of titles and talent, we're excited for fans to experience the reimagining of these Saturday morning classics with a more modern and contemporary look and feel."

From "Space Ghost" to "Frankenstein Jr.," Shaner and Parker will have a handful of characters to work with. 

Shaner's short-list of credits includes DC Comics' "Adventures of Superman," "Shazam!;" Marvel Comic's "Deadpool" and Dynamite Entertainment's "Flash Gordon," among others. 

Scooby Doo will get a complete makeover in "Scooby Apocalypse" from artist Jim Lee, writer Keith Giffen and Howard Potter. The group of Velma, Freddie, Scooby, Shaggy and Daphne get a new "contemporary" look in this origin story. 

Artist Amanda Conner and writer Mark Russell will bring The Flintstones back to life while writer Ken Pontac, and artists Leonardo Manco and Mark Sexton will handle the "Wacky Raceland" series.