Thursday, April 7, 2016

Artist Steve Pugh Joins Writer Mark Russell on DC Comics The Flintstones

Artist Steve Pugh Joins Writer Mark Russell on The Flintstones

Animal Man, Swamp Thing Artist to Draw New Adventures of “That Modern Stone-Age Family”

Is it wrong that I am looking forward to these Hanna-Barbera reboots more than 90% of DC Comics' Rebirth titles?  Well, if loving these are wrong, I don't want to be right!  The Flintstones are one of my favorite cartoons of all time and while I'm wary of it being pushed so hard as a satire, as long as we get one animal shrugging it's shoulders and saying, "It's a living", then I'll be sold.

Today, DC Comics announced that Steve Pugh (Animal Man, Swamp Thing) will be the artist on the title and used the opportunity to release the cover for the first issue as well as some pretty cool variants.  Here are the covers and DC Comics' press release...

“From the town of Bedrock, they’re a page right out of history…”

Writer Mark Russell (Prez) and artist Steve Pugh will bring readers their version of Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm in the debut issue of The Flintstones, on sale July 6.

In this 40-page extra-sized premiere issue, fans will be introduced to the town of Bedrock, where Paleolithic humans dine on artisanal prepared mammoth after shopping at the Neandertall & Big Men’s Clothing stores, get the latest news via cave painting, and folks drive foot-powered cars. Join Fred and Barney as Mr. Slate sends them on a mission to show some Neanderthals a night on the town in hopes of luring them into this new system of “working for a living” – in his quarry, of course! Find out what happens to Fred and the gang when they finally get to learn how Bedrock’s “one percent” lives in this satirical take on life in the world’s first civilization this summer!

In the meantime, check out the debut cover to issue #1 by Steve Pugh and the great variant covers by Ivan Reis (DC Universe: Rebirth Special), Walt Simonson (Batman: Black and White Vol. 2), and Dustin Nguyen (Batman Eternal, Batman: Li’l Gotham).

Steve Pugh Main Cover
Ivan Reis Variant

Dustin Nguyen Variant

Walt Simonson Variant


  1. I wish Dustin Nguyen did more interior art than cover art. I'd pick this book up just for the way his art looks completely different from other artist.

  2. This actually doesn't look all that bad.