Long before Space Ghost was a Letterman-esque talk show spoof, he was a real space trotting super hero. From 1966-1968 Space Ghost had many (poorly) animated adventures; mostly his sidekicks would get captured or trapped by the villains, and Space Ghost would have to defeat the villains and save the day.
And now, after spending a few years in obscurity, Space Ghost is back! And he’s, for some reason, teaming up with Green Lantern. Whaaaaa?
DC has been producing some pretty rad crossovers as of late, with Batman/TMNT and the upcoming Justice League/Power Rangers. They’re quickly becoming the ink and story artisans providing readers with mash-ups they never new they wanted. And now, that whacky, world-colliding crossovers continue.
DC has announced a new series of annuals set to launch in March next year, which will first pair up the ongoing Flintstones and Future Quest series with Booster Gold (from Mark Russell, Rick Leonardi, and Scott Hanna) and Adam Strange (from Marc Andreyoko, Jeff Parker, and Steve Lieber), respectively. On top of that, there’ll be two new mashups not currently associated with one of DC’s ongoing Hanna-Barbera comics: Suicide Squad/Banana Splits, by Tony Bedard and Ben Caldwell and Green Lantern/Space Ghost, from James Tynion IV, Chris Sebela, and Ariel Olivetti.
It’s pretty hard for a lot of people accept Space Ghost as a legitimate superhero because of his late-night talk show Coast to Coast, but for those that remember him from the old Hanna Barbera he’s pretty bad-ass. In fact, he is very powerful with more of an array of powers than Green Lantern. He can render himself intangible and invisible through the use of the emblem on his chest. He can fire ‘penetron beams’ which are generated from his eyes, the costume itself even creates a forcefield around him. The Power Bands on his wrists grant him a plethora of powers, most curious of them is anti-matter rays. Cool, huh?
The one thing Space Ghost and Green Lantern do share in common is, they both are peace keepers and use alien tech to do their job.
It is a wonder what version of Space Ghost is going to go with. Something true to the source material and more serious, or the Adult Swim talk show? Space Ghost deserves more than the latter. Though, if there’s not at least 1 panel or scene of him zapping Zorak just for funsies, there’s no justice in the world.
Oh, and can we acknowledge how awesome that Suicide Squad/Banana Splits cross over is? That’s some deep nostalgia, right there. Oh I think I feel a song coming on…