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Hard-charging biker. Class warfare revolutionary. Pioneering undergroundÂ cartoonist.
Loving familyÂ man.
That was SpainÂ RodrĂguez.
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, RodrĂguez influenced generations of cartoonists and illustrators with a gritty, in-your-face approach to urbanÂ 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. RodrĂguez was 72, and had battled cancer for sixÂ years.
Â Photo: Al Young
Carla Blank, Spain RodrĂguez, Ishmael Reed, Joyce Carol Thomas, and Gary Gach pause to pose following the Bob Callahan memorial service | Berkeley 2008