EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #1 by Mark Russell and Mike Feehan
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In EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #1, the writer of THE FLINSTONES takes another iconic character and revolutionize him. It's 1953 and this book tackles political issues with the nuclear arms race, social issues and more! This may just be the best new series of 2018.
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EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #1 takes the iconic Snagglepuss to new territory, exploring the character and expanding on his personal life in a way no other creator has before. Taking place in 1953, the gay playwright Snagglepuss has become a hit on Broadway. His hidden sexual preference from the media isn’t all that creates the interesting story, but also the political views of the time that tie in with it. A nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union, the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, McCarthyism, and more! This classic Hanna Barbera icon crosses into all new territory. So, exit stage left and read on to learn more about THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #1!

The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1
EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #1 page 8. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #1: Political Controversy

Soviet Secrets! Gay Rights! Snagglepuss! Who would have thought, right? Starting off with a nice dinner, a couple scrambles to not be late for the “show.” Cut to, Broadway! As the man of the hour, Snagglepuss, rolls up for the final showing of his hit play, My Heart is a Kennel of Thieves. Press surrounds Snagglepuss even during his exit. In his limo, his escort jumps in as they give an appearance of being together. Once she’s away, it’s off to the village. Here we see Snagglepuss incognito entering a bar to see his lover, Pablo; a man who sought freedom from discrimination in Cuba. We follow Snagglepuss as he meets with Huckleberry Hound for a Guggenheim Party, and more struggle comes about. We also learn of the “show” the couple was so eagerly waiting to see.

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History Lessons With Snagglepuss

First off, despite taking place in 1953, many can still understand the struggle of hiding their sexual identities. Also, compounding the many problems for gay men in this era were events such as the Lavander Scare, which cost people their jobs due to accusations of homosexuality. It was believed that the gay community was easier to succumb to Soviet blackmail.

There are many key historical characters within the issue as well. Not only the great Huckleberry Hound but also Lillian Hellman, known for her success on Broadway. She was also a left-wing sympathizer and political activist as well. Many had also believed that she was a part of the communist community. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were on trial and were given the death penalty for being suspected of espionage for the Soviet Union. Dorthy Parker, a famous poet, and critic of the time, also plays a key role in Snagglepuss’ life.

The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1
EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #1 page 11. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Changing Characters

Overall, Mark Russell has transposed an iconic American character into the real world in THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #1. By blending in historic events and the flamboyant Snagglepuss, it’s not only a history lesson but also a reflection of what’s going on in our modern time. Russell definitely did his homework, and readers will probably have to as well. Also, finally bringing Snagglepuss out of the closet that he has been questionably set in since his creation offers true clarity for the character. In the past, Snagglepuss’s sexual orientation has often come up but proven otherwise by his girlfriend Lila. Just another ingredient to add to this drama. These elements are sure to add a lot of great things to this series.

The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1
EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #1 page 20. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Along with that, this is Mike Feehan’s first big work with DC. No doubt does the artist have great potential, and this book may put his name on the charts. His dynamic skills keep a familiar vibe from the old 60’s and 70’s cartoon. He also recreates the historical characters perfectly. From a chubby pink mountain lion to now a writer with class, Feehan has a great image for Snaggles. The seriousness that he has crafted with such a loopy and flamboyant character like Snagglepuss is what this story needs. Overall, it will be exciting to see his talent grow in this title.

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Exit Stage, Left

Overall, this book has serious potential. So much so that by tackling these issues and bringing much to light, it will pull readers in. This in no way is the Snagglepuss that we all grew with. Tying it all into the real world adds complexity and tension to this Saturday morning cartoon character. The once simple pink mountain lion now will be one of the most dramatic comics of 2018.  EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #1 has only started us off on this insane ride, and there’s a lot more that it’s building up to. We’ll be looking forward to more, so stay tuned and keep an eye out for the next issue!

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