Very sad news regarding Spain Rodriguez's passing. I discovered his work through reference books about comics (most probably Toutain's Historia de los Comics), at an age in which I wasn't supposed to read underground comics. Nevertheless, being a big fan of Harvey Kurtzman's MAD, it wasn't a big surprise that I ended up being an enthusiastic reader of underground comics as well, most definitely including Spain Rodriguez's work.
I was able to track down Spain's work thanks to Fantagraphics' reprint volumes (part of their quixotic attempt to reprint the work of several underground comix artists during a period in which there wasn't a bookstore market for comics like these): 1989's Trashman Lives! and 1994's My True Story, a book that collected his autobiographical and non-fiction stories, a body of work that probably showed Spain at his best.
The following is just a minor footnote in his career, but it is a somewhat unexpected example of Spain's influence and may be of interest for those who (like me) enjoy comics trivia.
A few months ago comics writer Pat Mills started posting on his blog a series of articles about the creation of Judge Dredd. Back in September he wrote the following:
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Videos from Comic New York: A Symposium (March 24-25, 2012)
Day 1, Panel 1: Ariel Schrag, Molly Crabapple, John Romita Jr., John Romita Sr., Kent Worcester. Moderator: Chris Irving
Day 1, Panel 2: Peter Kuper, John Carey, Sabrina Jones, Denis Kitchen. Moderator: David Hajdu
Day 1, Panel 3: Julia Wertz, Robert Sikoryak, Bill Griffith, Charles Brownstein. Moderator: Gene Kannenberg
Day 1, Keynote: A Conversation with Chris Claremont and Louise Simonson
Day 2, Panel 1: Irwin Hasen, Emily Flake, Ben Katchor, Lauren Weinstein. Moderator: Eddy Portnoy
Day 2, Panel 2: Miss Lasko-Gross, Dean Haspiel, Tracy White, Al Jaffee. Moderator: Danny Fingeroth
Day 2, Panel 3: Paul Levitz, Jonathan W. Gray, N.C. Cristopher Couch. Moderator: Jeremy Dauber