Snagglepuss is a classic Hanna-Barbera character who, essentially, is a pink mountain lion with the desire to be a stage actor. Basically, he’s the animation industry’s most famous pink cat that is not the Pink Panther.
Chances are you’ve heard his catchphrase, “Heavens to Murgatroyd!” which may be a tad outdated, but the character was created in 1959, so relax. In recent years, the LGBT community has adopted Snagglepuss as an icon of the community, and his revival is imminent… as in its happening right meow.
A reboot of the character in an upcoming DC comic book series will make said aforementioned speculation canon, outright portraying him as a Tennessee Williams-inspired playwright.
The storyline will follow Snagglepuss as he’s dragged to the House of Un-American Activities Committee for being a “pinko,” which historically was a term for communist sympathizers, but also a play on words because he is, in fact, pink. Just putting it out there for our color blind-readers out there.
For technical credit, Howard Porter served as head artist, Steve Buccellato was the colorist and Dave Sharpe did the lettering. Writer Marc Russell came up with the idea to reboot the character in such a way, although he admitted the idea of developing a dramatic story around the character, including him coming out of the closet, was originally intended as a joke. “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,” Russell said. “So it’s natural to present it in a context where everybody knows, but it’s still closeted. And dealing with the cultural scene of the 1950s, especially on Broadway, where everybody’s gay, or is working with someone who’s gay, but nobody can talk about it — and what it’s like to have to try to create culture out of silence.”
To be fair, Snagglepuss was born out of the 1950’s animation industry, and that was a time when people thought Rock Hudson was a real ladies’ man. Oh, who am I kidding, in the 1950s, people thought Paul Lynde was a real ladies’ man. Then again, when it comes to fictional characters, it is all really a matter of interpretation, mind you. After all, Peppermint Patty and Marcie both had crushes on Charlie Brown in the comic, something confirmed by the creator himself, but that has not stopped the fan-fiction.
Dear Lord, has that not stopped the fan-fiction.
Anyway, the reboot has picked up a bit of controversy for reasons having nothing directly to do with its subject matter. Rather, it has to deal with the artwork, which is kind of scary-looking. Artists of Twitter have voiced their various complaints, as can be seen below.
yay Snagglepuss fanart!! <3 pic.twitter.com/Zv6iwvAxve
— McThundergoose (@McThundergoose) February 5, 2017
hey, not furry artists? the trick is to not make everything look super detailed pic.twitter.com/AIhoaFITJJ
— actually snagglepuss (@canidaeskull) February 3, 2017
lol i hate the new snagglepuss art so much its impeding my productivity. smh pic.twitter.com/ehJf9i9QtU
— だめリス (@rabidskwrlninja) February 6, 2017
Y'know, the new Snagglepuss reminds me of something, but I don't know w–oh. Oh, GOD. pic.twitter.com/swDgpLvQtH
— dungeonmaster11 (@DMXI) February 3, 2017