A graphic biography of the most iconic revolutionary figure of the twentieth century.
Since his death in 1967, Ernesto “Che” Guevara has become a universally known revolutionary icon and political figure whose image is among the most recognizable in the world. This dramatic and extensively researched book breathes new life into his story, portraying his struggle through the medium of the underground political comic — one of the most prominent countercultural art forms since the 1960s. Spain Rodriguez’s powerful artwork illuminates Che’s life and the experiences that shaped him, from his motorcycle journey through Latin America, his rise to prominence as a leader in Fidel Castro’s revolutionary movement, his travels in Africa, his involvement in the insurgency that led to his death in Bolivia, and his extraordinary legacy.
It is with sadness and much admiration today that we mourn the passing of Spain Rodriguez, whose vivid and politically charged work shaped a counterculture's graphic sense. As one of the original cartoonists involved with the legendary Zap Comix and a contributor to the East Village Other during its golden years, Rodriguez created a gritty illustrative style that influenced a generation of left-leaning graphic novelists.
In this video, filmed outside the Verso Brooklyn office, Rodriguez speaks to the origins of his career, his compulsion to draw— "For me, it's like smoking"— and his fascination with Che Guevara.