This January, Hanna-Barbera’s pink mountain lion, Snagglepuss, is being revived by DC Entertainment in a six-issue series titled Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles. However, this is far from a strict reboot of the classic cartoon character who possesses refined sensibilities. It will follow in the footsteps of other rebooted and re-imagined Hanna-Barbera properties, including Scooby Apocalypse and Flintstones as a satire of modern society.
The series, which takes place in 1953, presents Snagglepuss as a closeted gay playwright from the south. He also happens to be the hottest thing on Broadway.
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles is written by Mark Russell with art by Mike Feenan and is a spin-off from a previous Snagglepus story, penned by Russell, that appeared in Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Special #1 earlier this year.
When chatting with The Hollywood Reporter, Russell had the following to say of his take on the character and the title:
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. 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.
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 hits stores in January 2018.