These characters are black and white, straight and gay, male and female, active in the movement, sympathetic but detached, and even fairly hostile. She came over to me and stuck her finger down the back of the diaper. Stuck Rubber Baby feels like it would be right at home in an issue of Zap Comix, sandwiched between works by Robert Crumb or Kim Deitch. The story of Stuck Rubber Baby is Toland Polk, a young white man who comes to term with his homosexuality during the 60s at the same time he deals with his own racist views amid the fight for civil rights in the South at that point in time. Its scope is astounding, its wide variety of characters memorable, and its events thought-provoking. It sets the book in what Cruse’s main character… Stuck Rubber Baby is truly a novel told through the unique combination of words and pictures that makes the comics medium so fascinating. It was messy. Bronwyn Taggart won the 1996 Eisner for Best Editor in part for her work on this title. The first image we see in Howard Cruse’s 1995 Stuck Rubber Baby is of a smiling John and Jacqueline Kennedy walking arm in arm. This is how I became a diaper lover. There are also several queer secondary characters, some of whom are of particular importance to the story. Most cast members are inextricably linked to social issues, but were these all stripped out the remains would present a well-rounded and largely likeable, if flawed, set of characters. I love wearing them now. Stuck Rubber Baby was arguably ahead of its time when it was originally published in 1995. It dealt with issues such as gentrification and redlining – presenting them in plain language, such as characters observing that all the Black venues are on the poor side of town – and the problems they cause for communities of colour. Integral to this is Cruse’s … Historical fiction works by embodying the complexities of history in the equally complex but very differently textured realities of individual lives: and that's why Stuck Rubber Baby works so well. Much of Stuck Rubber Baby deals with the impacts of Toland’s sexuality, both in terms of his own personal experience and how it fits into the broader socio-political context of the time. Now I want to play mummy and baby again. This is key to why Stuck Rubber Baby is so compelling. So she immediately took me to the changing table and laid me down and changed into a new diaper and baby clothes. I was like this the whole weekend. The market ignored "Stuck Rubber Baby" when it was first released, and that's a shame. Perhaps it was because DC wasn't set up to marketing books like this; perhaps it was because Cruse's style can be kind of dense; perhaps it was because of the political climate of … While it doesn't share the extreme nature of those kinds of works, it does have the same heart, which stems from using the comic format for self-reflection and broad examination. Stuck Rubber Baby is one of the few graphic novels that really and truly succeeds as a novel on the novel’s terms (at the time this review was written, in 2003 - editor's note).