HOWARD CRUSE (1944-2019) "Pandemic Civility." Cover Illustration for UAB Public Health Magazine, published (apparently in color) Fall 2006. Pen and ink over graphite on thin board mounted to black foam core. 535x435 mm; 21x17 inches, on 24x18 3/4-inch sheet. Signed "Cruse" in lower right image. Mounted to foam core with double-sided tape.
Cruse, the American alternative cartoonist known for the exploration of gay themes in his comics, first gained attention in the 1970s during the underground comix movement and was the founding editor of Gay Comix in 1980. He created "Wendel," a gay-themed strip during the 1980s but reached a more mainstream audience in 1995 when an imprint of DC Comics published his graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby.