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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.
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