“Strangeness While Shaving” (2012)
An autobiographical fantasy page in which Howard, while
shaving, sees his foamed reflection
morphing into an unrecognizable face until his
real reflection calls to him him from another
22 inches (40.6 x 55.9 cm). Ink
(brush & Rapidograph) on Bristol board. A
large original, full of exquisite cross-hatching
and shading. Howard’s color business card is
glued to the back. Signed in the last panel.
Very slight blotches around the “Sh” of the
original title lettering (easily correctable),
otherwise excellent condition.
Provenance:Warranted to be
authentic and from the estate of Howard Cruse, which the
DKAA agency exclusively represents.
Further reference: Howard
Cruse(1944-2019) was an
American cartoonist best
known for humor and gay themes. First coming to
attention in the 1970s during the underground
comix movement with Barefootz,
he was the founding editor of Gay Comix in
1980, created the gay-themed strip Wendel during
the 1980s, and he reached a more mainstream audience
in 1995 with his masterwork Stuck
Rubber Baby (published in an anniversary edition
in 2020 by First Second).
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