“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.”
Size/medium/condition: 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.
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).
We have art from Cruse’s full career. If you don’t see
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