- Full Description
Spain Rodriguez was a motorcycle outlaw early in his life, and went on to become one of the original seven Zap artists. This is the first volume in a series celebrating his influential force in the underground movement. Spain's Trashman (about a future-world motorcycle bad guy/good guy) stories form the backbone of this volume, along with his firsthand accounts of riding with the Road Vultures Motorcycle Club (a gang once considered so dangerous that the police chief of Buffalo, New York, declared war on them) and his 1969 East Village Other series, Manning. Adult themes, explicit.
This first volume is rounded out with an informative, inside account of Spain’s life and loves in the emerging counterculture of New York’s Lower East Side. Spain would eventually move to San Francisco smack in the middle of the 1960s and 1970s underground comics movement, becoming buddies with the likes of R. Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Rick Griffin and others.
Strongly influenced by EC Comics and Wally Wood, Spain was one of the artists who most showed his comic book roots in his stories of long-legged sexy ladies, violent jack-booted bikers (both good and bad), corrupt cops and more. Personally, Spain was one of the first underground artists that I began to relate to back in 1968-69. He's sometimes a bit primitive in his art and storytelling, not unlike early Wally Wood, but there is a rawness and authenticity that is unmatched by other cartoonists.
Compiled and edited by Patrick Rosenkranz, one of the foremost experts on the underground comics and their creators.
- Additional Information
Item Code SPAIN01 Publisher Fantagraphics Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9784683960294 Adult Rating Mature Readers Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 8x11 # Pages 304pg Color Partial Color