A curated selection of the best of Spain’s work as a graphic artist, underground comix pioneer, illustrator, and graphic novelist and biographer spans over 43 years, beginning with Spain’s early covers for The East Village Other. The book contains a foreword by Anthony Bannon, Ph.D, director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, and informative and insightful essays by the Center’s Associate Director, Don Metz, who co-curated the show, and guest-curator Edmund Cardoni. There are nearly 60 illustrations in all, more than 40 of which are plates of works in the exhibition, mostly original ink-over-pencil drawings including:
• Color covers for Zap #7 (1974) and Zap #12 (the 2-page wraparound, 1989)
• Spain’s earliest Road Vultures story in its entirety, “Tales of R.V.M.C.” (1969)
• Many pages and covers featuring his iconic characters Trashman, Sangrella, and Big Bitch
• Many pages from autobiographical stories about his youth in Buffalo, NY, including his days with the Road Vultures and cruisin’ buddy Fred Tooté<
• Pages from historical stories about Ukrainian anarchist Nestor Makhno, “The Discovery of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Chicago ’68, Italy’s Red Brigades, and Smedley Butler (Devil Dog, 2010)
• Poster art, including an example of his many posters for the San Francisco Mime Troupe
• Several pages from his book-length graphic works Nightmare Alley and Che: A Graphic Biography.
This exhibition catalog is published for the career retrospective of the late Manuel “Spain” Rodriguez, at The Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY
Paperback. 84 pages.
Pub. - Last Gasp (2012)