Last year, DC Comics changed the way fans looked at the Hanna-Barbera cartoons they’d loved as kids: The Flinstones became a pointed social commentary, Scooby and the gang faced down the apocalypse, and the Wacky Racers became a lot less wacky. And now it seems the publisher is preparing to introduce its next wave of cartoon reimaginings … and they're starting by exiting stage left.
That's right, everyone's favorite flamboyant pink mountain lion (don't call him a panther!), Snagglepuss, is getting his own series! As revealed by The Flinstones writer Mark Russell, once his stint in Bedrock reaches its end with issue #12, he'll be taking on Snagglepuss, who he'll be re-interpreting as a gay gothic playwright in 1950s New York.
Fortunately, readers won’t have to wait that long, because we'll be re-introduced to the character in an eight-page short in next month's Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Annual, and we have a first look at the story below — also featuring the new Augie Doggie — with art by Howard Porter.
Snagglepuss is one of four shorts announced as back-up stories for the Hanna-Barbera/DC crossover issues, with the others including The Jetsons, Ruff and Reddy and Top Cat, so could these also be test-runs for new series? We'll have to wait for an official reveal, but with Snagglepuss confirmed, it seems like a safe bet to expect at least some of these to make up a second wave of cartoony comics this summer or fall.
The character Snagglepuss debuted on The Quick Draw McGraw Show and frequently appeared alongside Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound, and I'm personally hoping to see all of them reimagined for this new series. We'll find out more when Snagglepuss faces the House Committee on Un-American Activities in the short story, due out on March 29.