Several of the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards were handed out at a ceremony held in Los Angeles on Thursday. In addition to special awards given to Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Sean Hayes, GLAAD also announced winners in categories including Outstanding Comic Book. DC’s Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles received the coveted award for outstanding LGBTQ representation in a comic book or graphic novel, beating out nine other titles for the win.
The official synopsis for the series reads, “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 target. As he plans for his next hit play, Snagglepuss becomes the focus of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. And when powerful forces align to purge show business of its most subversive voices, no one is safe!”
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles takes place in the wider Hanna-Barbera Universe, while also invoking actual history. During the McCarthy era, queer people were fired en masse from government positions in what was known as the lavender scare. This prosecution happened alongside the second red scare, as Senator McCarthy also sought to expose and oust suspected communists from the U.S.
The Exit Stage Left trade paperback collects the six-issue mini-series, as well as a backup story from the Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Special #1. It’s currently available wherever books are sold, including your local comic shop. Check out the creator details and cover art below.
Writer: Mark Russell
Artists: Mike Feehan, Mark Morales, Sean Parsons, Howard Porter, José Marzan Jr.
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Publisher: DC Comics
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