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Manuel "Spain" Rodriguez (b. 1940, Buffalo, New York) is an American underground cartoonist best known for his character Trashman. His experiences on the road with the biker gang, the Road Vultures, provided inspiration for his work, as did his left-wing politics.

Rodriguez studied at the Silvermine Guild Art School. In New York during the late 1960s, he became a contributor to the East Village Other, which published his own comics tabloid, Zodiac Mindwarp (1968).

A founder of the United Cartoon Workers of America, he contributed to numerous underground comics and also drew Salon's continuing graphic story, The Dark Hotel.

Strongly influenced by 1950s EC comic book illustrator Wally Wood, Spain pushed Woods’ sharp, crisp black shadows and hard-edged black outlines into a more simplified, stylized direction. His work also extended the eroticism of Woods’ female characters. In such classics as “Mean Bitch Thrills,” Spain’s ladies were raunchy, explicitly sexual, and often incorporated macho sadomasochistic themes.[1]

His most recent (2009) work is an illustrated biography of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, entitled Che: A Graphic Biography. Pulitzer Prize-winning comics artist Art Spiegelman describes Rodriguez’s latest work on Che as "brilliant and radical." The biography has been published in several different languages.[2]



  • She: Anthology of Big Bitch (with Susie Bright). San Francisco: Last Gasp, 1993.
  • My True Story. Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 1994.
  • Nothing in This Book Is True, But It's Exactly How Things Are, text by Bob Frissell. Berkeley: Frog Ltd., 1994.
  • Alien Apocalypse 2006 (with Kathy Glass and Harold S. Robbins). Berkeley: Frog Ltd., 2000.
  • Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham. Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2003. ISBN 1-56097-511-3
  • You Are a Spiritual Being Having a Human Experience, text by Bob Frissell. Berkeley: Frog Ltd., 2003.
  • Che: A Graphic Biography, edited by Paul Buhle. London/New York: Verso, 2008.


  1. ^ Short discussion of Wood's influence on Spain
  2. ^ Road Vultures back in town for Comicon by Jessica Bennett, The Spectrum, October 21 2009


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