HOWARD CRUSE’s comic strips and humorous illustrations have appeared in Playboy, The Village Voice, Artforum International, Harpoon, Heavy Metal, The Advocate, Starlog, and numerous other national magazines.

Seven books have been published compiling Cruse’s own comic strips and stories from underground comic books and elsewhere: Wendel (1986); Dancin’ Nekkid With The Angels (1987); Wendel on the Rebound (1989); and Early Barefootz (1990); Wendel All Together (2000; supplanted in 2011 by The Complete Wendel); From Headrack to Claude (2009); and The Other Sides of Howard Cruse (2012). Cruse’s most widely known book is the critically acclaimed graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby, which was published in 1995 by Paradox Press, a division of DC Comics and is being re-packaged in 2010 under DC's Vertigo imprint with new cover art and an introduction by Alison Bechdel in celebration of the novel's fifth anniversary. Since its American publication Stuck Rubber Baby has been translated into German (Stuck Rubber Baby), Italian (Folio di un Preservativo Bucato), French (Un Monde de difference), Spanish (Stuck Rubber Baby: Mundos Differentes), and Polish (Stuck Rubber Baby). A finalist for both an American Library Association Gay/Lesbian Fiction Award and a Lambda Literary Award, Stuck Rubber Baby was the winner of Eisner and Harvey Awards in the U.S. as well as a United Kingdom Comic Art Award and a British Comics Creators Guild Award; a Luchs Award in Germany; a Prix de la critique at the International Comics Festival at Andoleme in France; and a Saló del Còmic de Barcelona Award in Spain.

Howard has also published the stand-alone satirical book Felix's Friends: A Story for Grownups and Unpleasant Children (2008) and an illustrated adaptation of Jeanne E. Shaffer's The Swimmer With a Rope In His Teeth (2004).

For two years during the early seventies Cruse drew a daily newspaper comic strip, Tops & Button, for the Birmingham Post-Herald, while earning his living as art director (and improvisational puppeteer) for a Birmingham television station. In 1972, he began gaining a national readership with Barefootz stories drawn for underground comic books published by Kitchen Sink Comics.

Moving to New York in 1977, Cruse art directed Starlog magazine until a fulltime cartooning career became practical in 1978. In 1983 Cruse introduced his comic strip Wendel to the pages of The Advocate, the national gay newsmagazine, where it appeared regularly until 1989.

Cruse’s strips have been frequently anthologized, with translated versions seeing reprint in England, France, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, and Sweden. His cartoon artwork has been included in gallery exhibits in New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, London, and other cities.

To learn about Howard's non-professional life, click over to the Stuff About Me section of his personal site next door (click on link below to get to its home page). And don't miss the ongoing accounts of Howard's present-day activities at Loose Cruse: The Blog.

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