In 1997, I did a lot of work writing for DC's Cartoon Network line. DC Comics was a part of Warner which had just merged with Turner Entertainment, which owned Cartoon Network. This was also at the time when Cartoon Network was only showing re-runs of older theatrical and Saturday Morning cartoons. They still do Cartoon Network tie-ins, but only with the original programming they run today.
When they started, Cartoon Network Presents featured the inventory of the Hanna-Barbera characters they owned and I was one of the writers. Others who worked on the comics were Michael Kupperman, Ivan Brunetti, Bill Alger, and Bill Wray. We were hired by Bronwyn Taggart, who with her husband I knew through New York comics circles, and one of the few editors I worked with who accepted my philosophy that comics scripts should be drawn out like strips themselves and not written in text form.
The script for this was originally done with the Bizarro World in mind, but many higher-ups at DC didn't want the story to interfere with the continuity that was established. While I feel it alienates potential readers to have all a publishers' comics tie into each other by having all their characters exist in a single universe, (DC is not the only guilty party) the only change was some names. I'm in the minority with my crackpot ideas of what comics and cartoons should be anyway.
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