"A Clean Slate": At a Museum of Natural History, a tour guide explains about a preserved caveman dubbed "Lorenzo", who was founded at the edge of Bedrock Valley, where there exist a far older civilization with hundreds of stone structures...
The Flintstones #1 is an issue of the series The Flintstones (Volume 1) with a cover date of September, 2016. It was published on July 6, 2016.
Synopsis for "A Clean Slate"
At a Museum of Natural History, a tour guide explains about a preserved caveman dubbed "Lorenzo", who was founded at the edge of Bedrock Valley, where there exist a far older civilization with hundreds of stone structures...
One hundred thousands years ago, in the town of Bedrock, quarry worker Fred Flintstone is summoned to George Slate's office, where his boss is trying to hire Neanderthals to work at his quarry as their strength are twice as strong as normal humans and that they have no concept of money. So Mr. Slate assigns Fred to get the Neanderthals into his good graces by showing them around town with promise of promoting Fred as his new foreman if this plans out.
Soon, Fred makes a call to his wife Wilma that he will be working late. Wilma is okay with it, having just finish her latest painting, and reminding Fred that he and Barney are having Veterans' Group tonight. Fred decide to take the Neanderthals to participate in the Veterans' Group, which the gathering turns quickly somber as the veterans recalls the "Paleolithic War" in which one man has a emotional breakdown.
After the meeting is over, Fred apologizes to his guests for seeing the Veterans' Group before he and Barney takes them to Madistone Square Garden, where a prehistoric boxing match is taking place. Afterwards, they visit the Outback Snakehouse, where one Neanderthal plays a coin-operated claw game and retrieves a wolf's head hat.
Fred returns home to Wilma, who welcomes him with an invite by Mr. Slate to an employee hot tub party.
The next day, the Neanderthals have their trial run at Slate Quarry. As soon work is over, the Neanderthals hates the work and are confuse over the concept of money.
Wilma calls Fred on his shell phone and is excited to tell him that her painting was accepted at the Bedrock Museum of Art. She and Betty goes to the Dress Cave for a new, artsy dress Wilma can wear at the art opening. She gets a decidedly horrific looking poofy green dress.
At the party, Slate gets the Neanderthal with the wolf's head hat to go after a mammoth for barbecue meat. Unfortunately, this caused the ice floe the Neanderthal who is standing on to upend and trapping him under the ice. The party soon ends and the Neanderthals have made their decision to leave Bedrock, which they see its civilization meant to "get someone else do your killing for you." With Slate's plan a total bust, Fred doesn't get the promotion.
Wilma attends the art opening and learns that her art has been put out back. Dejected, Wilma tearfully explains to Fred that the handprints are important to her because her childhood tribe would travel every winter for hunting, but placed a handprint in their cave as a promise that they will return. Fred is touched by Wilma's story.
Back in the present day, a tour guide talks about Lorenzo - the same Neanderthal with the wolf's head hat - and posit her theory that he is maybe of someone of importance and may have likely ran the nearby quarry.
Appearing in "A Clean Slate"
- Fred Flintstone (Flashback and main story)
- "Lorenzo" (Only appearance; dies)
- George Slate
- Wilma Flintstone (Flashback and main story)
- Barney Rubble (Flashback and main story)
- Betty Rubble
- Gravels Limepit (Single appearance)
- Marbles (Single appearance)
- Wilma Flintstone's father (In a photograph only)
- Wilma Flintstone's mother (In a photograph only)
- Andy Warthog (Mentioned only)
- Wilma Flintstone (First appearance) (Flashback only)
- David Rockney (Mentioned only)
- Museum of Natural History (Single appearance)
- Slate's Quarry
- Dress Cave
- Madistone Square Garden
- Outback Snakehouse
- Slate Mansion
- Bedrock Museum of Art
- Crane's Lanes
- The Pleisto-Scene
- Homo Erectus
- Tarpit (Cameo)
- Spears and Roebuck (Cameo)
- Trey's Bird Slavery Emporium (Cameo)
- Neandertall and Big Men's Clothing (Cameo)
- Bedrock Gravel & Loan (Cameo)
- Starbrick's Coffee (Cameo)
- Plato's Cave (Cameo)
- Wammoth Bammoth Thank You Mammoth (Cameo)
- Skymall Magazine (Mentioned only)