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November 29, 2012 12:32 PM   Subscribe

Spain Rodriguez Fought the Good Fight - underground comics artist Spain Rodriguez, most famous for his violent antihero Trashman, passed away yesterday.
posted by Artw (30 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
CBR obituary
posted by Artw at 12:35 PM on November 29, 2012


Before "Before Watchmen" There Was Spain Rodriguez
posted by Artw at 12:44 PM on November 29, 2012


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posted by scaryblackdeath at 12:44 PM on November 29, 2012


Spain Rodriguez's "Manning"
posted by Artw at 12:50 PM on November 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Aww, shit.
posted by Capt. Renault at 12:58 PM on November 29, 2012


Awwww, shit.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:06 PM on November 29, 2012


I've always had fantasies of making Trashman into an awesome rockabilly motorcycle movie but Roadracers already kind of did it and also I'm a lazy shit. Fuck. FUCK. So underrated. I hope the Hernandez brothers light a cathedral full of candles today thanking Spain's soul for their style.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:08 PM on November 29, 2012


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posted by cmoj at 1:13 PM on November 29, 2012


I hope the Hernandez brothers light a cathedral full of candles today thanking Spain's soul for their style:

Speaking of which: The Art of Thrashman
posted by MartinWisse at 1:15 PM on November 29, 2012


What I liked about Spain Rodriguez was that he was a true working class leftie and it showed in his work, much more consistently political and radical than e.g a Robert Crumb. Even better, he remained true to his roots and beliefs over the decades.

It's a bit scary though to see the underground generation slowly dying off: Spain, Jaxon a few years back, who's next?
posted by MartinWisse at 1:22 PM on November 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


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posted by doctor_negative at 1:26 PM on November 29, 2012


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posted by cazoo at 1:36 PM on November 29, 2012


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posted by ardgedee at 1:40 PM on November 29, 2012


" I generally wish everybody well.”
I love this because I can hear the unspoken: "But specifically, some of you can kiss my ass"
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:45 PM on November 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


Sadness.
posted by emmet at 2:02 PM on November 29, 2012


Oh man, this guy was an incredible artist.


RIP


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posted by louche mustachio at 2:17 PM on November 29, 2012



posted by dbiedny at 2:50 PM on November 29, 2012


Crap. I loved his work.

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posted by lumpenprole at 3:12 PM on November 29, 2012


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posted by ariel_caliban at 3:18 PM on November 29, 2012


Tons of links at Comics Reporter.
posted by Artw at 4:16 PM on November 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Artw: Spain Rodriguez's "Manning"

"We were both impressed by a one page American underground strip called Mannix that was reprinted in Comix: A History of Comic Books in America, by Les Daniels."

'Comix' was a great book, and also had a swell excerpt from 'Trashman': "...Just enough time to roll a tasty joint..." Also, the book said: "One of the rare comic book characters to have VD..."
posted by ovvl at 5:30 PM on November 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


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posted by Minus215Cee at 6:08 PM on November 29, 2012


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I know his work from Salon.com's glory days when he had some terrific strips there. Unfortunately I think Salon in its current decrepit state doesn't have them online any more
posted by Bwithh at 6:19 PM on November 29, 2012


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posted by the sobsister at 6:34 PM on November 29, 2012


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Well, damn!

It's a bit scary though to see the underground generation slowly dying off: Spain, Jaxon a few years back, who's next?

And S. Clay isn't too good these days.

Please, not Crumb...not Crumb...
posted by arzakh at 6:49 PM on November 29, 2012


I'll always remember his Amazonian superheroine, Big Bitch, with fondness.

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posted by Halloween Jack at 7:32 PM on November 29, 2012


His adaptation of Nightmare Alley was superb.

And I really liked his early cartoons about his experiences in a bike gang, although they scared the crap out of me. His first-person account of the rioting at the 1968 Democratic National Convention was the sort of stuff that Joe Sacco does, but decades before Joe.

RIP.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 7:52 PM on November 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Spain Rodriguez needs reprinting. The Dark Hotel, which ran in Salon before becoming a book, is out of print (and unavailable right now on the Net) as are the Long War strips, both written by Bob Callahan (also recently deceased). Spain's comics about the great 20th Century struggle between fascism and communism were supposed to be collected, but weren't. Just about the only stuff of his that's readilly available is from his 1950s Road Vulture background -- Cruising with the Hound is the latest. And there are several illustrated books: Devil Dog (which is about one of the players in Dark Hotel) and Sherlock Holmes' Strangest Cases.
posted by CCBC at 10:44 PM on November 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


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posted by jabo at 10:45 PM on November 29, 2012


Let's hope Fantagraphics puts together a book of his now-unavailable stuff.
posted by Rash at 8:46 AM on November 30, 2012


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