Spain (1940-2012) grew up in a Buffalo, New York, and later lived in New York City. He attended the Silvermine Guild School, an art and design school in Connecticut. After living in New York with fellow artists Kim Deitch and Trina Robbins, Spain moved to San Francisco, where he became involved in the thriving underground comix movement. Spain's comics were in the groundbreaking Zap Comix along with R. Crumb, Victor Moscoso, Gilbert Shelton, and others. His latest book from Fantagraphics is Crusin’ with the Hound: The Life and Times of Fred Toote. He was posthumously inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame in 2013.