There’s A New Snagglepuss Comic Coming And It Sounds Great

Hanna-Barbera's flamboyant mountain cat gets a comic book revival. Are you ready for the Snagglepuss reboot?

As you are doubtlessly aware, we are living in unprecedented times. Everyone is on edge, nothing is what it should be and it feels like the gears of the 24-hour news cycle are churning into our very souls. The point being made here is that in this era of uncertainty you need to appreciate the good things now more than ever. And it seems as if DC Comics’ upcoming Snagglepuss reboot will be a very good thing indeed.

Everybody, say it with me now, “heavens to Murgatroyd!”

So yeahhhhhhh, Snagglepuss, the famously flamboyant cartoon cat whose sexuality was the topic of many Stand By Me-esque childhood debates is officially coming out of the closet in a new book written by Mark Russell and with art from Howard Porter. The book is the latest extension of the Hanna-Barbera comics universe, coming on the heels of the wonderful The Flintstones comic (also written by Russell) and the uneven Scooby Apocalypse, Future Quest, and Wacky Raceland.

All of these books have taken a cue from the Afterlife with Archie business model by placing established, nostalgic characters in bold new surroundings, and this upcoming next slate of titles — which also includes Dan DiDio’s take on Top Cat, Howard Chaykin’s Ruff and Ready, and Jimmy Palmiotto and Amanda Conner’s  The Jetsons — will be continuing this subversive (and, let’s face it, carefully calculated) trend.

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The press release issued by DC sidelines these other books (eight-page samplers of which will be peppered throughout the pages of DC’s Annuals on March 29th) to focus on the clear breakout title from these new offerings, Snagglepuss:

Mark Russell recently revealed in an interview with HiLoBrow that his concept for Snagglepuss is as a Southern gothic playwright working with an ensemble cast of cultural figures, exploring an intensely creative time in the New York City theater scene of the 1950s. In Russell’s eight-pager, Snagglepuss faces the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

Just re-read that again and let it sit in for a moment.

Yes, DC is making a comic that will be inspired in part by Tennessee Williams and Joseph McCarthy starring an under-the-radar cartoon character whose previous claim to fame is being an unfortunate (if unintentional) gay stereotype. This is an idea that is so audacious that I kind of want to call Russell up and lavish fanboy praise on him for just having the cojones to even attempt such an endeavor, especially given our uncertain political landscape and the cultural backslide we all seem to be teetering on the precipice of.

Still not excited? Take a look at this preview page from the book that DC has released:

That’s right, some of the greatest political commentary of our time comes via a goddamn Snagglepuss comic. As truly unexpected as this is, it also feels right for our post-Black Mirror society. Russell’s work on The Flintstones hasn’t shied away from being a cracked mirror reflection of the world either, and in this HiLowBrow interview he shares some interesting insights into those who got us into this mess:

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I thought the source of Trump’s personal appeal was that most people who have been ruined by the financial crisis and the economic collapse of 2008, lost jobs that are never coming back, they basically have had their retirement and their other benefits stripped from them for the good of, like, hedge-fund managers and financiers who are blowing all that money on cocaine and hookers, and these people have been bullied and pushed down for at least a decade, and I think their response is, strangely, to identity with the bully. The billionaire; him and his kind are responsible for everything that they’re suffering from, but they feel like if they identify with him, maybe the bullying will stop.

Den of Geek will have much more news on Snagglepuss as it becomes available. Comics just got a whole lot more interesting.