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Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse

Stuck Rubber Baby (original 1995; edition 2000)

by Howard Cruse

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Title:Stuck Rubber Baby
Authors:Howard Cruse
Info:DC Comics (2000), Edition: 2nd Printing, Paperback, 216 pages
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Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse (1995)


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The story of a gay white man growing up in the South in the 1960s. He gets involved in the civil rights struggle and comes out to himself, and later others, as gay. It's interesting territory, but I hated the art. It looks outright ugly to me, the characters are nearly impossible to distinguish from each other, and the framing is so cramped that it's nearly impossible to read, there's no white space, and there's so much cross-hatching...I felt my eyes start to hurt trying to read this. I don't feel like the art really added anything to this story--if anything, the difficulty of figuring out who was who made it harder. I started skimming about a third of the way through. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
Vividly captures the era of the late fifties, early sixties. I was a bit surprised in that, for me at least, the depiction of the civil rights struggles for blacks was more nuanced and realistic than the parallel storyline about gays. The Sammy Noone (was there a point to that name? In general I found Cruse's choices of character names to be consistently forced and awkward) family confrontation and followup were jarringly out of tone from the rest of the work. Too much soap opera and melodrama.

But these are minor weaknesses in an overall strong and rewarding novel. The title, though, makes no sense to me. ( )
  dono421846 | Aug 9, 2014 |
Howard Cruse is a master in the cross-hatching technique and I only wish that the book could have been bigger so that I could have seen more of his beautiful, amazingly detailed work. The writing is solid and the plot is excellent too: a young man coming to terms with his sexuality during the Civil Rights era in the deep south of the USA. This is the best graphic novel I have ever read. ( )
  EnidaV | Apr 16, 2014 |
A dense, gripping and often moving account of one young gay man's social and sexual awakening in racially-torn 1960s America. ( )
  salimbol | Sep 16, 2013 |
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Stuck Rubber Baby is truly a novel told through the unique combination of words and pictures that makes the comics medium so fascinating. Its scope is astounding, its wide variety of characters memorable, and its events thought-provoking.

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Cruse, Howardmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bechdel, AlisonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Looking back, I didn't see all that many dead bodies when I was a kid growing up in the south...
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A truly eye-opening comic. The story is set in the South in the early '60s and deals with homophobia, racism and the gay subculture of that period. The art is absolutely beautiful; Cruse is a master of the cross-hatching technique, which gives a certain "texture" to his art work and brings his pages to life. Stuck Rubber Baby is easily the most important comic book since Art Spiegelman's Maus.

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As Toland Polk, a citizen of the small southern town of Clayfield in the 1960s, fights for civil rights, he begins to realize that he has another, more personal, battle to wage--that of accepting that he is gay.

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