illustrations ©1976 Spain Rodriguez

 

SPAIN RODRIGUEZ

Manuel “Spain” Rodriguez, born 1940 in Buffalo, NY, first gained fame as one of the founders of the underground comix movement of the 1960s. After drawing comics in New York for the East Village Other, he moved to San Francisco where he joined Robert Crumb and other artists on Zap Comix. Spain’s early years with the Road Vultures Motorcycle Club, and his coverage of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago as a reporter for EVO are chronicled in his collection, My True Story (1994, Fantagraphics Books). Along with autobiographical stories and politically-oriented fiction featuring his best-known character, Trashman, Spain has produced a number of historical comics. His story of Poe’s astonishing choice for a posthumous literary agent, The Inheritance of Rufus Griswold, originally appeared in Arcade in 1976 and was reprinted in the first and second editions of Graphic Classics: Edgar Allan Poe. New illustrations by Spain are in Graphic Classics: Jack London and Graphic Classics: Bram Stoker.

Spain died of cancer in December 2012.

 

Graphic Classics: Jack London
(second edition)
144 pages, b&w, $10

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Graphic Classics: Bram Stoker
(second edition)
144 pages, b&w, $10

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