Snagglepuss Then & Now

Unless you are a fan of the early TV Cartoons, you wouldn’t know that Snagglepuss was a character created by Hanna Barbara for a cartoon in The Quick Draw Mcgraw Show back in 1959.

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Wikipedia has a great article on the character HERE

As DC Comics is giving him his own comic from superhero artist Howard Porter and Flintstones writer Mark Russell. The character is getting a more realistic, anthropomorphic makeover, and his backstory is… a little more complex than before.

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In an interview with Hilobrow, Russell described the new Snagglepuss as a “gay Southern Gothic playwright” and “tragic Tennessee Williams figure,” explaining that the character was subtextually gay in the original cartoons.

“It’s never discussed and it’s obviously ignored in the cartoons ’cuz they were made at a time when you couldn’t even acknowledge the existence of such a thing, but it’s still so obvious; so it’s natural to present it in a context where everybody knows, but it’s still closeted.”

It might be hard to believe now, but back in 1959 anyone wearing pink or even blue was considered gay.