HOWARD CRUSE ORIGINAL ART: Page 166 of Stuck Rubber Baby
India Ink applied with a Rapidograph on 2-ply Strathmore plate-surface
bristol board; some brushwork added for natural texture and hair.
Shaded with intricate crosshatching.
17-3/4"x23" (Original art is 250% of the image size
in the American edition)
Excellent, with following caveats: A lettering errors in the
first word balloon has been corrected with patch that is executed
on 1-ply Strathmore of the same coloration as the 2-ply Strathmore
underneath and hence is barely perceptible.
Provenance: The original art will be shipped directly from
Comments by the artist: On this page, having vented an enormous backlog
of rage at his paralyzed father Cuthel, Sammy Noone impudently
asks his dad to atone for a lifetime of homophobic sins by granting
him a favor. For four pages running we have peered ever more
closely into Cuthel's unreadable eyes, searching for a soul within.
This page is the culmination of a crucial four-page section of
Stuck Rubber Baby that serves as a wish-fulfillment metaphor
for gays yearning to force America's homophobic power-elite to
at last look them in the eye and acknowledge their humanity.
(Only two pages of the four-page sequence remain
unsold to collectors at this writing.)