DC Comics has been making some bold decisions with their roster of characters recently and even the world itself with their successful ‘Rebirth’ storyline and the currently running ‘Dark Nights Metal’ story.
In the midst of crafting a new world for their established characters, DC Comics has also been making some new storylines for characters created by animation duo Hanna Barbera. DC has been crafting new stories with those characters including Scooby Apocalypse, a dark vision of the future with the Scooby Gang taking on real monsters. They’ve also given an updated look to the Flinstones and combined characters from Jonny Quest, Space Ghost and the Herculoids in their Future Quest series. Now the company is making a new storyline involving comedic character Snagglepuss.
The series, titled Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, will have the character living in 1953 New York as a closeted playwright in the style of https://www.superpoweredfancast.com/2017/10/17/1922-fancast-review/Tennesse Williams. Written by Mark Russell with art by Mike Feenan, the series and setting will tackle issues relevant to the time. In an interview with Heat Vision, Russell explained how he chose to write the character; “The way I write him, he’s kind of an avant-garde figure for the times — people kind of expect him to say things that are edgy, and witty. In a way, he’s allowed to breach subjects and say things in 1953 in New York that other people simply could not.”
The character’s sexuality has been the subject of discussion in the past, but this new series seeks to do away with the subtext and be honest. Russell also goes on to explain how Snagglepuss will try to help others while dealing with his own closeted existence in the early 50’s. “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.” he said.
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles goes on sale January 2018.
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