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Love and Rockets Vol. I

Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez's Love and Rockets is the alternative comics success story of the '80s and '90s. If the publication of Zap #1 in 1967 "officially" marks the beginning of underground comix, the publication of Love and Rockets #1 in 1982 could be said to "officially" mark the beginning of the '80s comics renaissance clumsily called alternative comics.

Both Gilbert and Jaime credit the punk rock explosion of the late '70s with broadening their horizons and leading them to reflect their personal experience in their comics.

Fantagraphics began publishing Los Bros. in 1982. While the original Love & Rockets ended in 1996 with its 50th issue, popular demand caused the Bros. to revive the title five years later in a slightly different format, and the series' third incarnation, as an annual 100-page trade paperback, debuted in 2008.

"Gilbert and Jaime are both cartoonists of the first rank, but their work is even better together; they’re the Lennon and McCartney of comics." – Boston Phoenix

For guidance on building your Love and Rockets collection, see our How to Read Love and Rockets page.

Browse more Love and Rockets:
Love and Rockets Vol. II - the second comics series, 2000-2007
Love and Rockets: New Stories - the third volume of L&R, now formatted as an annual trade paperback, 2008-
Love and Rockets Library - handsome new softcover collections compiling every story from Vol. 1 (and beyond)
Love and Rockets: Original Collections - album-sized books containing the original reprints of the Brothers' work 1982-2007
New Love, Luba, & Luba's Comics & Stories - Gilbert's solo series between Vol. I and Vol. II
Penny Century & Whoa Nellie! - Jaime's solo series between Vol. I and Vol. II
New Tales of Old Palomar - Gilbert's recent mini-series in the Ignatz format
Love and Rockets Collectors' Items - books, one-shots, foreign editions and novelties for the Hernandez Brothers fan

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