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Howard Cruse Art: “BAREFOOTZ” — The Roaches Redecorate (1975)

Howard Cruse Art: “BAREFOOTZ” — The Roaches Redecorate (1975)
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    Title/date/description “BAREFOOTZ” — The Roaches Redecorate (1975)  

    While Barefootz is on the phone —and the one-sided dialogue he has with Dolly is hilarious— the resident cockroaches have surprised him with a redecorated fridge. 

    14 x 20 inches (35.6 x 50.8 cm). Ink on Bristol board with Zip-a-Tone. The top panel is a Photostat with white tape along edges holding stat in place. Otherwise excellent condition. Terrific use of Zip-a-Tone to enhance the activity noise in the 3rd panel, to emulate sound waves in the “Surprise!” panel, and to effect the glow of pride as the roaches await compliments from their resident human. Signed in final panel. 

    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).

    We have art from Cruse’s full career. If you don’t see what you’re looking for in this web gallery, contact us at and we can tell you if what you seek is in our larger inventory.

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