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Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles

(Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1-6)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  619 ratings  ·  162 reviews
Heavens to Murgatroyd! Hanna-Barbera’s very own Snagglepuss is reimagined in a brand-new series, EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES, by author Mark Russell (THE FLINTSTONES)!

It’s 1953. While the United States is locked in a nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union, the gay Southern playwright known as Snagglepuss is the toast of Broadway. But success has made him a
Paperback, 168 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by DC Comics
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Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mark Russell, DC's secret best writer (after not-at-all-secret best Tom King, of course) is back with the vengeance. In Exit Stage Left, he tells a story of America of the 50's, a scary time of McCarthyism, the Cold War and the persecution and blacklisting of innocent people under false pretences. We follow Snagglepuss, a secretly gay playwright from the South, as well as his friends and colleagues, all trying to survive and not lose themselves in the world that has seemingly no place for their ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
While the rest of DC is writing about people fighting crime in their underwear, Mark Russell is over in his own corner reinventing our childhood cartoons as sociopolitical diatribes. Snagglepuss is our way into some real life drama, now a gay playwright based in 1950's NYC and loosely based on Tennessee Williams. McCarthyism is in full swing and those in entertainment circles are afraid of being outed and blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee. This was a truly dark time for A ...more
Diane Hernandez
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles is a clever reinvention of an iconic 1960s cartoon character.

Snagglepuss was originally a pink swishy wannabe actor and actual mountain lion in the Yogi the Bear cartoons beginning in 1959. This comic, set in 1953, casts Snagglepuss as a successful playwright caught up in the McCarthy Congressional hearings looking for communist sympathizers within the show business community.

I wasn’t expecting such a serious comic based on such a silly character from
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not sure how I feel about this collection. I liked it, but it was so bizarre. Having the cartoon character Snagglepuss be a stand in for Tennessee Williams is just such an odd idea. It works, in a weird way and there are some really great moments.
Hmm...I am really torn on what to rate this. This is probably more like a 4.5, but I couldn't go all the way to 5 stars. Since I read mostly TP, I have been waiting and anticipating this release for MONTHS - I absolutely loved Russell's Flintstone series and Snagglepuss sounded even better. While the Flintstones was a heavy-hitting read (a sentence I never thought I'd write), there were some moments of levity or fun easter eggs in the backgrounds to lighten the mood a bit. With Exit Stage Left, ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
Prez. The Flintstones. Snagglepuss. Mark Russell does his thing and he does it well, somehow managing to work with artists who always compliment his stories. I'm looking forward to reading whatever he works on next.
Kayla (onthefritz)
Woah... I'm just blown away at this adaptation of Snagglepuss

We see Snagglepuss and other Hanna Barbera characters living in NYC in the 1950s. This run takes on the Red Scare, the gay rights movement, and art as it was in the '50s, with many political and cultural icons of that scene. Many easter eggs did go over my head, but there is a briefing in the back of the comic that details the different figures and events talked about. The direction this comic went was hard hitting, and wraps up in a s
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a dark look into a dark time period for creative types. it is beautifully done- I cried so much over issue 5 and 6.

Closet sexuality, communism, and a look into depression that I never expected. I will be buying this trade in a few months to read it again.
Michelle Morrell
What is this? A poignant, stirring, wise, touching, relevant story ... about Snagglepuss?

I was not expecting this level of story telling, for sure. In this we have Snagglepuss recast as a 1950s closeted film star, under investigation by the McCarthy inquisitions. But in framing this particular moment in time, we have a perfect allegory to the mess of today. I utterly loved it.

If Snagglepuss can evolve, surely so can we?

Thanks to Hoopla for letting me read this on a whim, 30 seconds after I knew
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, dc, hanna-barbera
DOROTHY PARKER IS IN A COMIC BOOK! Kind of fangirling here for a moment, but I love the fact Parker and the Algonquin Round Table are in this book. Only for a brief cameo, but they kid of set the stage for what this comic book is about.

If you liked the Flintstones comic book, you'll probably like this just a much. Mark Russell is good with satire and cartoons. Exit Stage Left is a satire on the early 50s during the Red Scare. Of course, it has cartoon characters like Snagglepuss, Huckleberry Hou
The Library Ladies
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A special thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book!

Though I feel like I watched a good amount of Hanna-Barbera cartoons as a child, one character that I don’t have specific memories of is Snagglepuss. I remember him existing, and I remember a few of his quirks (like his catch phrase ‘exit, stage left!!’ and his smooth personality), but I don’t think I ever saw a full cartoon with him as the star. But even with my passing famili
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, humanistic story with lots of satire and a generous heap of touching lines, the Snaglepuss Chronicles are a prime example of the theory that DC Comics still has the potential to make good stuff, even if it's done as part of yet another multi-universe deal taking advantage of old cartoons. Great art, good writing, a bittersweet journey, what more could you ask for?
Joe Santoro
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm kinda torn about this... on the one hand, it's a great period piece about the Red Scare, but on the other I almost would rather it NOT have been with the Hanna Barbera characters.. it was just kinda weird seeing them in the same panel with Marilyn Monroe and Joe Dimaggio.

I'm also not sure I like the implications that everyone in the theatre at the time was a closet 'subversive'. The end was very fun, though, and it was an enjoyable read.. I think I probably would have rated it higher if it w
Adam Stone
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After not enjoying DC and Mark Russell's The Flintstones, Vol. 1, I completely passed on this title in issue form, even though I thought the premise: Snagglepuss as a southern playwright during the age of McCarthyism, was an entertaining angle.

That was a mistake.

This book is pretty much a Cliff-notes fictionalization of Stonewall, McCarthyism and The Red Scare, Nixon, the Cuban Revolution, the origin of Hanna-Barbera cartoons, and the parallels between life and theater all wrapped into one pink,
Nov 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Subversive is the tone they were going for, and they nailed it, but since our media overlords have decreed that all portrayals of blackface are evil wrongthink, this volume must be condemned for its repeated displays of human actors made up as caricatures of other races.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heavens to Murgatroyd! Hanna-Barbera has permitted artists to reimagine its intellectual properties in ways that I don't think Warner Bros. or Disney ever would, and comics fans are all the better for it. In this gorgeous graphic novel, Snagglepuss the mountain lion is pitch-perfect as a closeted gay Southern playwright (because he totally would be--think about it), thrust into the Red Scare of 1950s America. It's a paranoid, frightening time, of blacklists and friends turning on friends.

Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The House Un-American Activities Committee? New York theater? Secret gays? Snagglepuss? I was doubtful too but this was amazing in all ways and I recommend it to literally everyone.
John Ferrigno
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exit Stage Left: the Snagglepuss Chronicles, is a series that takes a very serious look at a ridiculous character. In this story, Snagglepuss is reimagined as a gay Southern playwrite who takes Broadway by storm in the 1950s, only to be target by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

A dark look at a shameful time in our natiins' history, Exit Stage Left deals with this story with depth, subtlety, beauty and at times, heartbreaking looks at human nature.

Serving as a prequel of sorts to the
Drown Hollum
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a serious accomplishment, what Russel has managed with his HB properties. Flintstones was an incredible examination of humanity as a whole, while Snagglepuss hones in on 1950's McCarthyism and the Committee of Un-American Activities. Exit Stage Left is a breathtaking character study and heartbreaking human drama, rooted in the subversion of 1940s theater. This book is loaded with moving moments, clever (and excruciatingly well researched) nods to American history, and careful throw-backs wh ...more
This is the story of Snagglepuss, a playwright from Mississippi, making it big in New York City in the 1950s. He also happens to be gay. I love how much of history is woven into this miniseries, and makes the events of this fictional character that much more grounded in this alternate world.

Snagglepuss and his friends are being accused of being Communists during the McCarthyism fever that took America by storm. Trying to live under the scrutiny of the public (while writing and directing plays ba
Lori Tatar
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles is perfect in its timeliness and message. It takes center stage in its argument for the freedom to simply live our lives with integrity to ourselves. By revisiting the pink scare of the mid-20th century, it reminds us of the history of what has brought us to where we are today, and the sacrifices that were made by countless people to ensure a life of safety and equality for all.

In the political climate we are living in it is the arts upon which many r
Norman Cook
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a serious examination of the dark times of the 1950s using silly cartoon characters. Somehow, it works beautifully. It is a gut wrenching look at how people's lives were ruined by fear and paranoia. I'm sure a lot of readers will be unfamiliar with this period of time, but it's well to revisit it, because in many ways we are reliving it today, with fear and paranoia feeding the current political frenzy. As a bonus, we get the backstory of how Snagglepuss, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw Mc ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heavens to Murgatroyd, Mark Russell is at it again. Fresh off his successful reboot of The Flintstones, the master of making Hanna Barbera cartoons hip, fresh, complicated, and a mirror of our current society, Russell tackles the Trump era by looking back at the 1960's through McCarthyism and the burgeoning American gay rights movement. Genius. This graphic novel is a must-read for anyone interested in classic cartoon reboots, politics, culture wars, sophisticated writing, McCarthyism, and LGBT ...more
Erin Cataldi
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Unlike the Flintstones and the other Hanna-Barbera imprints at DC, this comic was super bad-ass (wait I forgot about Scooby Apocolypse, that too was cool). The Snagglepuss Chronicles was unlike anything I expected. It's set in the 50s at the heart of McCarthyism and Snagglepuss is a playwright who isn't playing by the government's rules. He'll give them sass but not the list of names they want. He has just as much to lose as everyone else, Snagglepuss is gay and like his friend the esteemed auth ...more
Trey Piepmeier
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was surprisingly good. And surprisingly poignant and apropos for the current times. The story centers on the McCarthy Era, the House Un-American Committee, the Hollywood "blacklist," and how it effected people in the LGBTQ community. Having this story feature realistic anthropomorphized animals who slightly resemble cartoon characters from the 50s and 60s is incidental. It's almost like characters being cats and mice in Spiegelman's Maus, although it did allow for some fairly subtle nods th ...more
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't know I needed an anthropomorphic take on Snagglepuss, Huckleberry Hound, and Quick Draw McGraw set in the 1950s against the backdrop of the New York theater scene and gay community, as well as the McCarthy hearings. Well worth checking out for the social commentary element (if you can get past some of the artistic choices when it comes to illustrating the anthropomorphic characters as a little more human than their original animal forms). (e-galley from NetGalley)
Ondřej Halíř
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kdyz jsem to zacal cist, tak se dostavil sok, vubec jsem necekal ze tohle bude socialni drama o homosexualite a ocerneni hercu a spisovatelu co davali do svych del kritiku. I pres prekvapeni prvotni se jedna o super ctivo ktere nabizi trefne komentate na tehdejsi i dnesni spolecnost a laskavy humor s prijemnymi postavami.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Still not sure what hit me when I started reading this comic. Snagglepuss is a famous Southern playwright and it's the 1950s: The Red Scare leads to 'subversives' being hunted down. How long can secretly gay Snagglepuss stay hidden? Come and meet Tennessee Williams, Marilyn Monroe, William Faulkner and many more in this crazy Cold War America.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Snagglepuss (or Snaggletooth) and Huckleberry Hound as gay writers during the McCarthy hearings. Stars Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Parker, Joe DiMaggio, Arthur Miller and more. How can you not love this? Thought of my brother the entire time I read it and wished I could talk with him about it. I know he would have loved it, too.
Gary Lee
Snagglepuss reimagined as a Tennessee Williams type caught up in the House Unamerican Activities Committee trials of the 1950s. Huckleberry Hound as his gay-William-Faulkner best friend. Cameos by Augie Doggie, Quick Draw McGraw, and others.
This one was far better than it had any right to be. Hopefully, this series will continue on into something a bit longer.
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Mark Russell is the author of God Is Disappointed in You and Apocrypha Now. He also writes the comic book series Prez and The Flintstones for DC Comics. He lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

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Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles (6 books)
  • Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles (2018-) #1
  • Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles (2018-) #2
  • Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles (2018-) #3
  • Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles (2018-) #4
  • Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles (2018-) #5
  • Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles (2018-) #6