TotL – 5 More Looney Toons Crossovers DC Comics Could do Next
DC Comics is a publisher in a state of fun. Prior to the REBIRTH reboot-that-was-not-a-reboot, it could have been argued very easily that DC Comics was a publisher in a state of flux. While REBIRTH most certainly put the publisher’s hero’s line back on the right track, a lot of DC’s success can also be attributed to drastic moves made in other areas of the publisher’s line. The Hanna-Barbera line was a huge surprise with titles like The Flintstones making many best of the year lists. The Young Animals imprint is taking big risks that appear to be paying off both critically and in terms of sales. Even other publishers are benefiting from DC’s new direction, as Green Lantern, the Justice League, and even Batman have crossed over with the likes of Star Trek, Power Rangers, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s an odd strategy to say the least, but this “Kitchen Sink” approach to the publishing line is helping both DC Comics and the industry as a whole. DC’s latest outside the box idea resulted in a series of crossovers starring DC’s famous heroes teaming up/going up against Warner Bros. equally famous line of Looney Toons characters, and that too seems to have paid off for the publisher. While the Elmer Fudd/Batman issue goes back for another printing showing just how successful this weird partnership truly is, we thought we’d highlight some more of these crazy crossovers the publisher could do. So, without further ado, we hit on the obvious, ignore the offensive, and give Granny her due, in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: 5 More Looney Toons Crossovers DC Comics Could do Next.
Honorable Mention: Granny/Granny Goodness
WB’s Granny is a kindly widower, owner of Tweety, Sylvester, and often times Hector the Bulldog, and acts as a sort of referee between the feuding household pets. Granny Goodness is run the Orphanage on Apokolips, is chief of the Female Furies, and is an all-around evil B.
Sure, it’s easy to just toss together a couple of old ladies who happen to share a portion of a name, but there’s a bit more to this. Granny Goodness has a lot of behind the scenes “babysitting” that she does (albeit babysitting characters with near god-like powers), but a concerted Granny is also basically a babysitter. Pitting Granny against Granny Goodness in a struggle for power within Darkseid’s Elite could be both compelling and without a doubt hilarious. Hey, if Elmer Fudd can visit Gotham, Granny can find a Boom Tube.
5. Porky Pig/Lex Luthor
If we’re talking about the icons of these two big names in creativity, nothing says DC Comics and Looney Toons more than…Superman and Bug Bunny. But that’s just way too easy, and we’re thinking outside the box. Outside the box I see a couple of underrated champions of the people, pushing their agendas to the public, and speaking out to spread awareness. One pushes the anti-Superman/pro-human agenda that all people should be proud of, while the other says “That’s All Folks!” The crossover almost writes itself.
Okay, not really, but Porky and Lex are the suits of both of these universes. They both feel like businessmen, doing whatever they can to get the job done. And, in the case of this crossover, the thing to get done would be, wait for it: Running for President. Candidate Lex vs Candidate Porky in a race for the White House. Great opportunities for political humor, real-world hysterics, and possibly a 3rd party win by the Superman/Bugs ticket. It’s a stretch, but if we’re doing this let’s do it right.
4. Petunia Pig/Batgirl and the Birds of Prey
What can I say? I’m a fan of the Pigs. Petunia Pig is THE go to female character of Looney Toons, and putting her on the premiere all female DC Comics squad just makes good sense. Plus, Petunia is already a superhero on some of her bits, and animal crossovers aren’t anything new to the DCU.
The story is a bit tougher than others, but just throwing Ms. Pig into the mix can work just as easily as anything else. Maybe the Birds are looking for a replacement. I mean, does anyone really like Huntress anyways? No matter how it goes down, the fun is immediate, the tropes are written for you, and we deserve to see this team in action.
3. Witch Hazel/Zatanna
Now we get into some examples of actually great team-ups from these two properties. Moving characters into dark places is what DC tends to do with…well, with everything, and Looney Toons very own resident spell caster, Witch Hazel, could certainly take that darker tone and run with it. Matching her up with DC’s resident spell caster Zatanna would make for a terrific crossover issue.
It’s weird, crazy magic versus weird, crazy magic in this one, as witch goes up against witch. Witch Hazel, the obvious “villain” of the story, wants more power, and Zatanna’s backwards magic is on her list. Will WB’s weird witch win when the Witch War. That’s a lot of W’s, and a fun issue.
2. Gossamer/The Justice League Dark
The hairy, orange monster donned in laced-up tennis shoes, Gossamer, isn’t really all that scary. He’s gone up against Bugs, Daffy, and more, but he’s really been reduced to a funny bit wrapped around a monster story. But that could easily change as DC’s supernatural team delves into an adventure involving a series of attacks at a haunted castle, pitting the Justice League Dark against a new and improved, scary, and truly monstrous orange-haired fiend.
The story comes together fairly easily as the JLD begins to investigate this castle, only to have Zatanna kidnapped by a orange hairy creature lurking in the shadows. The team searches for their comrade, finding horrible things around every corner, and assuming it’s Gossamer responsible for it all. It turns out, however, that Gossamer is himself a hunter of the supernatural, he’s “borrowed” Zatanna to help defeat the castle’s unwelcome visitors, and is just worried that his appearance would have caused the JLD to attack him on site. All’s well that ends well, though as the new team-up kicks some monster ass, Gossamer goes back to protecting his often haunted castle, and the JLD move on with a new friend. Awww!
1. Duck Dodgers/Green Lanterns
I know what some of you may be saying? “Gaumer, this has already happened, dumbass!” I know, and don’t call me dumbass. Daffy Duck’s alter ego Duck Dodgers – a play of the popular sci-fi character Buck Rogers – has kind of been a GL called The Green Loontern, but it’s not in comic book continuity, and it really needs to be. We already have everything we need: A time-traveling Duck Dodgers coming back to the present-day to fix something or another, accidentally killing some vague Green Lantern on some vague world, and himself getting a Power Ring and becoming again (for the first time) the Green Loontern!
From there we have The Corps checking out this newly gifted GL, running into some trouble, and recruiting this secret Duck Dodgers into some cool space adventure of some sort. It works so perfectly that I’m not quite sure why it isn’t already a thing. Oh well, there you go, DC. Get started ASAP!
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