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Hanna-Barbera was a prolific animation studio which produced numerous animated television series and specials, and even a few theatrical films, from 1957 to 2001. It was founded by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, who had originally worked together as the co-creators of the Tom and Jerry cartoon shorts for MGM. Established after MGM shut down their animation studio and ended production on their cartoon shorts in 1957, Hanna-Barbera produced many successful animated shows over the next three decades, including The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons, Space Ghost, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, and of course, Super Friends. In 1991, the studio was purchased by Turner Broadcasting System, which would lead to Hanna-Barbera producing new shows for Turner's Cartoon Network.

Outside of Super Friends, Hanna-Barbera had licensed its characters to many different comic companies, including Dell Comics and its successor Gold Key, Marvel, Harvey, and Archie Comics. This changed in 1996, when DC Comics' parent company, Time Warner, merged with Turner Broadcasting, bringing the Hanna-Barbera library and its Cartoon Network contemporaries under the same corporate umbrella as Looney Tunes and the DC universe. As a result, following the expiration of Archie's contract to publish Hanna-Barbera comics, DC began publishing new Hanna-Barbera comics the following year, starting with three different monthly titles: The Flintstones and the Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, and Cartoon Network Presents (an anthology title which featured other Hanna-Barbera cartoons as well as Cartoon Network's then-new original shows, the Cartoon Cartoons). However, after two years, The Flintstones and the Jetsons was cancelled, while Cartoon Network Presents was retooled as Cartoon Network Starring, dropping the other classic Hanna-Barbera characters (with the exception of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, which remained until midway through the book's successor title). This left Scooby-Doo as DC's only regular comic based on any of Hanna-Barbera's classic cartoons for the next decade or so, with the exception of the six-issue Space Ghost mini-series in 2005.

After the Scooby-Doo comic was rebooted in 2010 as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? (named after the cartoon's original incarnation), a bimonthly spin-off title, Scooby-Doo! Team-Up was launched. This title would notably feature the return appearances of several Hanna-Barbera characters to the comic book medium, most notably Jonny Quest, the license to which had previously been held by Dark Horse Comics. This was followed up by DC launching Hanna-Barbera Beyond, a new line of "darker and edgier" books based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoons in 2016.

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