In this first volume of a complete collection by the seminal underground cartoonist, autobiographical stories about running with a motorcycle gang are mixed in the adventures of Trashman ― and much more.
A motorcycle outlaw and one of the original seven cartoonists behind Zap Comix, this is the first volume in a series celebrating the influential force in the underground movement. Spain’s Trashman 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 about cop corruption, Manning. This first volume is rounded with an informative, inside account of Spain’s life and loves in the emerging counterculture of New York’s Lower East Side. Black & white illustrations throughout.
“[Street Fighting Men displays Spain’s] signature blend of heavy black contours, drastic perspective, abstract expressionist ink splatters, and helter-skelter panel layouts that propel his breakneck tales of class war and free love.” ―The Village Voice
Manuel Rodriguez (1940–2012), better known as Spain, was one of the great American underground and socially conscious cartoonists.
280 page black and white and color paperback
Fantagraphics Books, 2017