The underground comix legend Manuel “Spain” Rodriguez passed away this week at that age of 72 from cancer. Spain was know to comics lovers as one of the original Zap Comix crew. His bold style and political themes helped blaze the path for the underground comix movement, with such characters as his street tough superhero, Trashman, “a raw-knuckled, one-man Occupy movement“. He continued with his art, both on the page and in the streets of San Francisco, where was involved in murals in the Mission District. God speed, Trashman!
Below are examples of and about Spain’s work in the stacks. But to go further take a look at the Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels database.
Use your MySVA user name/password to login. To get there: sva.edu/library > Find Articles & Images > Art & Design > Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels. You will find original comics work, articles from Comics Journal, and more.
My true story : autobiography & history / by Spain Rodriguez – PN6727.R625 M9 1994
Nightmare Alley / adapted and drawn by Spain Rodriguez ; from the novel by William Lindsay Gresham – PN6727.R625 N54 2003
Rebel visions : the underground comix revolution, 1963-1975 / Patrick Rosenkranz – PN6710 .R67 2002
Zap : masters of psychedelic art 1965-74 : Robert Crumb, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, S. Clay Wilson / curated by Gary Panter and Chris Byrne. – PN6705.U5 Z37 2011 Oversize Rare