Congratulations to Mark Russell, Steve Pugh, Rick Leonardi and Scott Hanna for their Eisner nominations for The Flintstones! We told you this would happen, by the way. While we’re talking about Russell, another thing we’ve been telling you is that you should probably be reading Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles.It is fascinating and whip smart and the oddest comic book on shelves right now.
Both Flintstonesand Prezwere blitzes compared to the pacing in Exit Stage Left. The pace of this Snagglepuss book is as leisurely and meandering as the titular character’s cadence, likely a deliberate choice by Russell. The panels aren’t packed with jokes. The jokes aren’t even really structured the same way as they were in Russell’s previous DC work. Exit Stage Leftis more like his earliest semi-comics work, God Is Disappointed In You,a sarcastic retelling of the bible book by book with New Yorker comics art from Shannon Wheeler. God Is Disappointed In You, like Exit Stage Left, was more of a series of philosophical mission statements about the world that were sometimes also funny. So instead of a prehistoric mall with a restaurant named Foot Locker, we get a conversation about what it’s like when an overreliant parent loses her son as her only connection to the outside world, and the conversation is held in the Fiorello La Guardia Home for the Old and Friendless, which is I think a joke about La Guardia’s treatment of his Holocaust-surviving sister.
That’s the other wonderful thing about Exit Stage Left: in addition to being very funny, it’s challenging. It has real people as part of its narrative – Arthur Miller, Clint Eastwood, Khrushchev. But for every Eastwood paired with a musing on the difference between actors and movie stars, you get a lesbian State Department HUAC liaison who looks like Ayn Rand and is named for GG Allin. THAT’S INSANE.
So OF COURSE we jumped when we got the chance to run an exclusive preview of Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles#5. Here’s what DC has to say about the issue:
EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #5Written by MARK RUSSELL Art by MIKE FEEHAN and SEAN PARSONS Cover by BEN CALDWELL Variant cover by JOELLE JONES Snagglepuss is faced with the ultimate dilemma: save his friend or follow his conscience, as his final showdown with the House Committee on Un-American ActivitIes looms.
Feehan has been doing a tremendous job as well. His lines are so clean, but his figures and his composition really remind me of Steve Dillon. Check it out:[gallery:0]