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Just got the news that legendary Zap Comix co-founder Spain Rodriguez has passed away. He and Robert Crumb were among the earliest underground comic superstars - among my most prized possessions is the original art pages for a complete Trashman story from Subvert Comix #2.

Spain did a lot of artwork for the Reader back in the 70s and 80s, returning to do several covers in the 90s - I'll seek those and post a few shortly.

Meanwhile, here's a complete story Spain drew for the locally-published horror comic series, Deepest Dimension Terror Anthology, scripted by yours truly and based on a story by original Twilight Zone and Logan's Run writer George Clayton Johnson --- working with Spain was one of the biggest thrills of my professional career. He was a great and talented guy who'll be sorely missed -

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Jeff Smith Dec. 6, 2012 @ 10:44 a.m.

I just heard this sad news. One of my prized possessions is a pristine copy of Zap Comics #2, and the immortal "Hog Ridin' Fools," in which the Checkered Demon pulls into a gas station offering six free tumblers - glasses, he assumes - if he fills his tank, and he says, "yeah - 6 free tumblers. That's just what I need when my anarchist buddies drop by - to drink lemonade."

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