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Howard Cruse Art: “BAREFOOTZ” — Training Fritzi the Cat to Shed (1977)

Howard Cruse Art: “BAREFOOTZ” — Training Fritzi the Cat to Shed (1977)
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    Title/date/description: “BAREFOOTZ” — Training Fritzi the Cat to Shed (1977) 

    An early page in which Barefootz's friend Headrack describes how he was finally able to train his “dumb” cat Fritzi to shed her hair in the toilet. Frtitzi is clearly a sly references to R. Crumb’s “Fritz the Cat.” 

    14 x 20 inches (35.6 x 50.8 cm). Ink on Bristol board. Other than the “Barefootz” logo, which is a glued Photostat, everything is original art. Fritzi in the 5th and last panels is original art, but both are carefully cut and taped precisely into place as corrections. Thin white tape along left edge, well outside image area. Otherwise excellent condition.

    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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