Preamble: With the launch of DC's new Hanna-Barbera adventure title, Future Quest, I thought it might be a good idea to do something similar, but in a different context. We'll deal with Birdman, Space Ghost, et al another time, but watch what happens when the Super Friends encounter some other H-B heroes.......! All characters, save for new ones created for this story, are copyright Hanna-Barbera Productions/DC Comics/Warner Bros.. ========================================== Chapter 1: Setting: September 1979 (somewhere in between episodes of World's Greatest Super Friends). It seemed to start just so innocently. John & Joanna Fleming, the human alter-egos of Zan & Jayna, the Wonder Twins, were on their way home from the first day of classes at Gotham City High School. Abruptly, John could pick up the sounds of a commotion just a couple of blocks to the east, behind the boarding house of their guardian, Professor Carter Nichols. "There's something going on not far from here!", he exclaimed. "Where?", Joanna asked. "Not far. We'd better double-time it for home and see if we can do something!" But by the time the Twins reached the scene, an aborted bank robbery, the bank's manager, Phil Christopher, was in shock as he spoke to police. "It was the weirdest thing I've ever seen.", he said. "One minute, those crooks were on their way out the door, and next instant, they're down on the floor, as if struck by lightning or something." "Lightning?", an officer asked. "Not a cloud in the sky, sir." "Well, all I know was that it was small and fast." On the roof, the twins could pick up the conversation. "There's no way this is happening!", Zan exclaimed. "This is real life, not television!" "Whatever are you talking about, Zan?", Jayna asked, confused for a change. "I'll tell you when we get home." ====================================== In Metropolis, Lenny "The Looter" Lester had stolen an elderly woman's purse, and was making a clean getaway. That is, until he ran into an unexpected roadblock. "N-n-no way! You can't be real!", Lenny stammered. "Oh, I'm real, alright, and I saw what happened!" Peter Potamus picked up Lenny by his shirt, and hurled him back down the block, where two police officers were waiting. Superman alighted on the scene at the same time, but by the time the Man of Steel headed back up the block, Potamus was gone. "Did anyone see what happened?", Superman inquired. "A purple hippo, walking on two legs, hurled that thief like he was nothing.", one child said. "Then he cut out like he thought he was wanted or something." "Weird.", Superman thought to himself. ====================================== In Washington, a visiting dignitary was accosted by three local street gang members, demanding money and other valuables. Abruptly, the ambassador asked for security, and got it, in the form of three canine bodyguards, who came swinging out of a hotel window. The three converged, using the thugs as ground zero. The ambassador fainted, but by the time Wonder Woman arrived, the bodyguards were gone. Later that night, at the Hall of Justice, the Super Friends recounted what they had encountered. Zan quickly pieced everything together. "Believe it or not, friends, but it seems we're not alone in the crime fighting business anymore.", he said. "Oh? Three dogs.....", Wonder Woman began. "Yippee, Yappee, & Yahooee." "A purple hippo.", Superman put in. "Peter Potamus." "And what about that small, fast thing that took out those bank robbers before we did anything, brother dear?", Jayna asked. "Near as I can figure, that would be either Atom Ant or Ricochet Rabbit." "Sounds to me like you've gotten interested in old cartoons.", Robin put in. "Something to pass the time after homework.", Zan replied. "Found a reference book at the library that offers some background on them all." "Time? Funny you should mention time, young man." The Super Friends turned and found Peter Potamus, Atom Ant, Ricochet Rabbit, Deputy Droopalong, Yippee, Yappee, Yahooee, Touche Turtle, & his aide, Dum Dum, standing at the doorway. "We're lost in time.", Ricochet said, tipping his cap. "We thought you could help us." "Someone pinch me,", Robin said, "and tell me I'm not dreaming any of this." ===================================== It's not a dream-----or is it? We've only just begun.