When it comes to their work to reenvision the world of Hanna-Barbera cartoons for a more modern audience, DC Comics is far from done. Following the recent back-up story in their Suicide Squad/Banana Splits one-shot, DC Comics is officially launching a new six-issue miniseries starring Hanna-Barbera’s Snagglepuss called Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Written by Mark Russell, who wrote the original back-up story and the recent The Flintstones series, with art from Mike Feenan, the series features the pink mountain lion as a closeted gay playwright from the south who is very popular on Broadway but has to find out of if he can stay in that role but also speak out against social injustices.
Snagglepuss in this story is having to live a double life as a gay playwright living in New York, and he’s closeted. But he has values and integrity as an artist, and he’s trying to stand up for people who otherwise would be shoved under the stairs in this time of great national paranoia in the Red Scare mentality,” Russell said. “It’s very easy in a time of national catastrophe — of perceived national catastrophe — to throw people under the sink and forget about them, and Snagglepuss is unwilling to let them do that to people he knows and loves. He’s willing to stand up for people when the rest of the country is not. In a lot of ways, that frees me up to say what I think about what’s going on in the world now, just putting it in the context of 1953 America.”
While there is a segment of the internet that are against the idea of comic books being political, they always have been a way to embrace the things that are happening in our world and put them in context or tackle them head on and this comic will not shy away from that idea.
“Somebody once said that history never repeats itself, it just rhymes an awful lot. Unfortunately, there are these themes in history — particularly American history — that never really seem to go away,” Russell said. “Themes like marginalizing minorities and immigrants, using fear of military threats to make people go along with abuse. These themes quiet down every now and again, but they never seem to go away, so unfortunately, when you’re writing about these things, they will always be timely or relevant.”
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles arrives in January.