Writer: Mark Russell
Penciler: Mike Feehan
Inker: Sean Parsons
Colorist: Paul Mounts
This is the last issue of Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, and I’m really sad to see it go, but Mark Russell and company did a wonderful job of wrapping this miniseries up in a natural and authentic manner.
Things aren’t looking too good for Snagglepuss since the last issue, but that’s alright. Snagglepuss has been blackballed from Hollywood, he lost his father, the two of them never had a great relationship to begin with, and his ex-wife has moved on with her life and remarried. He has every reason to give up on life, but he doesn’t. As he is leaving a meeting with Augie, an old friend, he is asked if he has any regrets, and of course he does, how could he not. But he also says, “Oh sure. But then, that’s what life is—a series of mistakes you make the most of.”, and he couldn’t be more right. No one goes through life without making mistakes, but it’s what we take away from those mistakes and hopefully we do something meaningful with them. Snagglepuss may think that he fought that system and lost, but needed to do so to show others that it can be done. That does nothing for him though because he is jobless and not working, but a familiar face turnes his fortunes around.
Snagglepuss is presented the opportunity to work in showbiz again, but this time in cartoons. This opportunity is given to him by the police officer that was Huckleberry Hound’s lover, and Snagglepuss initially balks at the offer. Who could blame him? It’s not the scene he’s used to, and it’s being given to him by the person who caused Huckleberry Hound so much heartbreak and misery. Snagglepuss does think about it and decides to do it. He does it because it allows him to be back in showbiz and allows him to be a storyteller, and it gives him the opportunity to look after Huckleberry Hound’s son. Snagglepuss finally reads the note that Huckleberry Hound left, and one of the list things he asks for is for someone to look after his son. And what better way to look after him than to have him on a cartoon with him.
I am going to miss this miniseries, but Mark Russell once again shows why he is such a good storyteller. This miniseries served as a prequel to S.P’s life of sorts, and I was curious where his cartoon career would come into play. Mark Russell brought everything all together at the end, and that’s what an amazing storyteller does. Mike Feehan’s art was magnificent in every issue, but he also did a standout job with facial expressions. Whether it was S.P’s eye roll at the initial cartoon offer or the way a senior citizen just looks crazily at Squiddly, Mike Feehan nailed facial expression throughout the whole series. Hope to see Mark Russell on more DC/Hanna Barbera books because he keeps proving his worth on these titles – or just more of his work in anything comics related because he is the truth.