Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles by Mark Russell
I am definitely not an expert on comics or their history, but a quick interweb search provided a very brief background on DC Comics putting out reimagined stories for some of the older Hanna-Barbera characters. I wasn’t aware they had new comics out about the Flintstones and after reading Exit Stage Left, I can’t wait to find them and check them out.
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles is set in 1953 but feels as though it could be written for today. Snagglepuss is under investigation by the House Committee on Un-American Activities for involvement with Russian spies. Married to a woman but secretly in love with a man, Snagglepuss hides his true identity from the public and all but his closest of friends. Writer Mark Russell gives us a Snagglepuss, or SP as he is commonly referred to, that is a wildly successful playwright and his latest play is a huge hit on Broadway. But even with all of his fame and money, Snagglepuss is still forced to hide his relationship to Pablo. Snagglepuss isn’t the only one with secrets- Huckleberry Hound makes an appearance as well. Best friend to SP, Huckleberry is a once-successful novelist who lost everything when a scandalous affair cost him his marriage and relationship with his son. Now, unemployed and wandering the country, he has stopped in New York long enough to see his old friend. But Huckleberry is allowed a short time of happiness. He falls in love with a police officer but the Stonewall riots reveal a darker side to their relationship.
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles is full of secrets, lies, and betrayals that are revealed through court hearings, flashbacks, and an autobiographical play produced by Snagglepuss. This was a great read that combined amazing artwork from artist Mike Feehan and an engaging story.
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles will be available in comic shops on August 22nd and everywhere else on August 28th.