Snagglepuss is making his comeback as a closeted gay playwright in New York City.
As part of a mashup between DC Comics and Hanna-Barbera cartoons, Snagglepuss made his revamped debut in ““Suicide Squad/Banana Splits” which was released in March. His story continues in “Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles.” The story is penned by writer Mark Russell with art by Mike Feenan.
Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter, Russell says Snagglepuss’ story will be set in New York City in 1953.
“Snagglepuss in this story is having to live a double life as a gay playwright living in New York, and he’s closeted,” Russell says. “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,” he adds.
Russell has already created reimaginings of classics like “The Flintstones,” “The Jetsons” and “Top Cat.”
“Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 ” goes on sale in January 2018.