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SPAIN RODRĂŤGUEZ (1940-2012) | In Memoriam


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Spain RodrĂ­guez: Zap Comix artist dies

Kevin Fagan

© San Francisco Chronicle | Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hard-charging biker. Class warfare revolutionary. Pioneering underground cartoonist.

Loving family man.

That was Spain Rodríguez.

From his role as one of the original Zap Comix artists with Robert Crumb, to his work as a founder of the Mission District murals movement in San Francisco, Rodríguez influenced generations of cartoonists and illustrators with a gritty, in-your-face approach to urban life.

He continued to do so until his death Wednesday at his San Francisco home – inking a poster printed this week for a concert honoring the labor movement and Woody Guthrie.

Mr. Rodríguez was 72, and had battled cancer for six years.

Read the whole obituary at


Spain Rodriguez’ CHE: A Graphic Biography

(Mike Gold’s 2008 ComicMix review)

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Carla Blank, Spain RodrĂ­guez, Ishmael Reed, Joyce Carol Thomas, and Gary Gach pause to pose following the Bob Callahan memorial service | Berkeley 2008


Robert (Bob) Callahan | 1942-2008


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