How often can you point to a work in any medium & instantly label it a classic work?
In comics, bogged down as they are with spandex & fight scenes, it’s even harder to see genius.
But it’s out there; take Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse. It’s an incredible work of autobiographical fiction dealing with a young man’s developing sexuality against a backdrop of the civil rights movement. Racism & homophobia are discussed & confronted throughout this very challenging book in an intelligent, literate fashion.
But after finishing the book, what stays with you is the humanity of the writing. This book is beautiful, emotive & full of love, hope and sentiment. Stuck Rubber Baby touches the reader in ways so rare for comics.
Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse. Real comic fiction for real grown ups. Wouldn’t you agree?
Wikipedia, Official Howard Cruse site.