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Howard Cruse Art: “STUCK RUBBER BABY” PAGE 4 (1994); Mounted

Howard Cruse Art: “STUCK RUBBER BABY” PAGE 4 (1994); Mounted
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    Title/date/description: “STUCK RUBBER BABY” PAGE 4 (1994); Mounted

    One of the very earliest pages in this award-winning masterpiece. Toland Polk talks to his sister Melanie about their parents’ relative illiteracy. At the funeral Toland talks to his family's African-American gardener Stetson but while doing so can’t help imagining what his skull would look like if battered like Emmett Till’s. An especially moving page out of a graphic novel with many moving moments.

     18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 61 cm). Ink (brush & Rapidograph) on heavy Bristol board. Toland’s face in panel one is original, but carefully pasted on to the page, as are the title and spine of the Social Darwinism book and Melanie’s nose and mouth in panel 3. The top portion of the 7th panel is also a paste-up, but these are all done vary carefully and the full page is still quite nice and no defects are readily apparent. Howard drew his Stuck Rubber Baby pages quite large, so they make great displays.

    This original is MOUNTED on black Foamcore and shrink-wrapped with a hanger, as done by Howard himself for an exhibition a few years ago. We will ship it carefully protected, as mounted, unless you specify otherwise. Excellent condition.

    : $850 (mounted as described)

    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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