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DC’s Gay Playwright Snagglepuss Returns For New Miniseries

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DC’s Gay Playwright Snagglepuss Returns For New Miniseries

Hanna-Barbera’s pink mountain lion will star in Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles from writer Mark Russell (Flintstones) and artist Mike Feenan. Debuting in January from DC Comics, the six-issue miniseries is a follow-up to the short story that appeared earlier this year in the Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Annual, which reimagined Snagglepuss “as a closeted gay playwright from the South who just happens to be the hottest thing on Broadway.”

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“It just kind of happened by accident,” Russell told The Hollywood Reporter about the project’s genesis. “I was just tweeting funny lines I thought Snagglepuss would say, if he were Tennessee Williams — some kind of Southern Gothic playwright — and Marie Javins, my editor, thought they were funny and she talked to Dan [DiDio, DC Entertainment co-publisher] about turning that into a comic. That’s how it started. It was really just funny tweets and it just ballooned from there.”

Debuting in 1959 as a featured character on The Quick Draw McGraw Show, Snagglepuss and later moved on to star in his own segments on The Yogi Bear Show. In the ’70s he served as the co-host for Hanna-Barbera’s Laff-A-Lympics. His catchphrases include “Exit, stage left” (used as part of the title for his eight-page debut story), “Heavens to Murgatroyd” and the word “even,” pointedly added at the end of sentences.

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, from Mark Russell and Mike Feenan, debuts in January.

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