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The Hernandez Brothers: A Selected Bibliography

By Derek Parker Royal

What follows is a selected bibliography of the work surrounding the three Hernandez brothers, Mario, Gilbert, and Jaime. The list is divided into five primary sections, one listing the brothers' work together in their Love and Rockets series, one for each of the three brothers' solo publications (some of which includes reprinted material originally appearing in Love and Rockets), and a final section on secondary critical texts. Regarding the latter, there is a notable dearth of scholarship devoted to the Hernandez's work, either together or solo, and by far the most prevalent secondary materials available are interviews. While many of the most significant or substantive interviews are cited in the bibliography, not all published interviews with the brothers, especially those conducted with a single brother, are represented. Listings of reprint collections, such as the "Complete Love and Rockets" books or the more recent "Love and Rockets Library" volumes, are accompanied by a description of the originally published content or where it appeared in a previous collection.

Since Fantagraphics has exhaustively collected Love and Rockets, and in multiple series, only their collected editions are listed in this bibliography, and not reprints from other publishers, such as the various collections Titan Books published between 1987 and 1989. Collections or anthologies in which one of the Hernandez brothers appears occasionally, but not consistently—e.g., Real Girl, Anything Goes!, Zero Zero, Goody Good Comics, and Simpson's Treehouse of Horror—are not listed in this bibliography. For matters of ease and condensation when listing reprinted material, especially regarding the first standardized collections, "LR I" refers to the first volume of the comic magazine (1982-1996), "LR II" indicates to second volume of the comic (2001-2007), and "LR NS" refers to the most recent graphic-novel version of the series, Love and Rockets: New Stories (2008-present). With the exception of the "Secondary Material" section, all sources are listed in order of publication date.

Love and Rockets

Beginning with the 1981 debut of Love and Rockets in self-published form, Love and Rockets has been published in three separate series: the first an oversized comic magazine, the second in standard comic-book size, and the last in graphic-novel form and published annually. In terms of the collections, Love and Rockets has been collected and repackaged in a number of different ways, but there have been three primary and standardized formats. The first collections were published under the "Complete Love and Rockets" moniker, more comprehensive volumes have appeared in large omnibus editions (with each comprising several of the earlier "Complete Love and Rockets" volumes), and the latest collections were published as the "Love and Rockets Library" editions.

The Love and Rockets Series

Love and Rockets. Self-published, 1981. Single issue. Reprinted by Fantagraphics as the first issue in Vol. I.

Love and Rockets, Vol. I. Seattle: Fantagraphics, Sep. 1982 — May 1996. 50 issues.

Love and Rockets, Vol. II. Seattle: Fantagraphics, Spring 2001 — Summer 2007. 20 issues.

Love and Rockets: New Stories. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2008 — Present. 6 issues.

The Complete Love and Rockets

Music for Mechanics. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 1) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1985. Collects stories from LR I, issues 1-2.

Chelo's Burden. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 2) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1986. Collects stories from LR I, issues 3-4 and Mechanics, issue 1.

Las Mujeres Perdidas. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 3) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1987. Collects stories from LR I, issues 5-11.

Tears from Heaven. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 4) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1987. Collects stories from LR I, issues 5-7 and 10-12 and Mechanics, issues 1-2.

House of Raging Women. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 5) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1988. Collects stories from LR I, issues 13-16.

Duck Feet. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 6) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1989. Collects stories from LR I, issues 6, 9, and 17-20, and Jaime's contribution to Anything Goes! issue 2.

The Death of Speedy. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 7) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1989. Collects Jaime's stories from LR I, issues 20-27.

Blood of Palomar. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 8) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1989. Collects Gilbert's "Human Diastrophism" story from LR I, issues 21-26 and selections from Love and Rockets ¡Bonanza!.

Flies on the Ceiling. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 9) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1991. Collects stories from LR I, issues 21 and 27-32.

Love and Rockets X. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 10) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1993. Collects Gilbert's "Love and Rockets X" story from LR I, issues 31-39.

Wigwam Bam. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 11) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1994. Collects Jaime's "Wigwam Bam" story from LR I, issues 33-39 and 42.

Poison River. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 12) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1994. Collects Gilbert's "Poison River" story from LR I, issues 29-40.

Chester Square. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 13) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1996. Collects Jaime's stories from LR I, issues 40-50.

Luba Conquers the World. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 14) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1996. Collects Gilbert's stories from LR I, issues 41-50.

Hernandez Satyricon. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 15) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1997. Collects all of the remaining stories from LR I that were not collected in the earlier "Complete Love and Rockets" volumes.

Whoa, Nellie!. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 16) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2000. Collects Jaime's Whoa, Nellie!, issues 1-3.

Fear of Comics. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 17) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2000. Collects Gilbert's stories from New Stories, issues 1-6 and his contributions to Goody Good Comics, Hate, Zero Zero, Vortex, and UG!3K.

Locas in Love. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 18) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2000. Collects Jaime's stories from Penny Century issue 1-4, Maggie and Hopey Color Fun, and Measles, issue 2.

Luba in America. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 19) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2001. Collects Gilbert's stories from New Love, issues 3 and 6, Luba, issues 1-4, and Luba's Comics and Stories, issue 1.

Dicks and Deedees. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 20) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2003. Collects Jaime's stories from Penny Century, issues 5-7 and LR II, issues 4-5.

Luba: The Book of Ofelia. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 21) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2005. Collects Gilbert's stories from Luba, issues 3-10, Luba's Comics and Stories, issues 2-5, and Measles, issue 3.

Ghost of Hoppers. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 22) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2005. Collects Jaime's stories from LR II, issues 1-4 and 6-10.

Luba: Three Daughters. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 23) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2006. Collects Gilbert's stories from Luba's Comics and Stories, issues 3, 4, 6, and 8; Measles, issue 1; LR II, issues 6, 11-16; and eleven new stories.

The Education of Hopey Glass. (Complete Love and Rockets, Vol. 24) Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2008. Collects Jaime's stories from LR II, issues 11-19.

Omnibus Editions

Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2003. Collects all of Gilbert's Palomar/Luba stories from LR I.

Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2004). Collects all of Jaime's Maggie and Hopey stories from LR I.

Luba. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2009). Collects the "Complete Love and Rockets" volumes Luba in America, Luba: The Book of Ofelia, and Luba: Three Daughters.

Locas II: Maggie, Hopey and Ray. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2009). Collects the "Complete Love and Rockets" volumes Locas in Love, Dicks and Deedees, Ghost of Hoppers, and The Education of Hopey Glass.

The Love and Rockets Library
(books published in the same year are listed in order of publication month)

Maggie the Mechanic. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2007. Reprints parts of the omnibus, Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories. Contains the major storylines "Mechanics" and "Las Mujeres Perdidas."

Heartbreak Soup. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2007. Reprints parts of the omnibus, Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories. Contains the major storylines "Heartbreak Soup," "Act of Contrition," "The Laughing Sun," "Ecce Homo," "An American in Palomar," "For the Love of Carmen," and "Duck Feet."

The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2007. Reprints parts of the omnibus, Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories. Contains the major storylines "House of Raging Women," "Vida Loca: The Death of Speedy Oritz," "In the Valley of the Polar Bears," "Ninety-Three Million Miles from the Sun," and "Flies on the Ceiling."

Human Diastrophism. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2007. Reprints parts of the omnibus, Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories. Contains the major storylines "Human Diastrophism," "Farewell, My Palomar…," "A Trick of the Unconscious," "The Gorgo Wheel," "Luba Conquers the World," and "Chelo's Burden."

Perla La Loca. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2007. Reprints parts of the omnibus, Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories. Contains the major storylines "Wigwam Bam," "Chester Square," "Hester Square," and "Bob Richardson."

Beyond Palomar. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2007. Collects the "Complete Love and Rockets" volumes Poison River and Love and Rockets X.

Amor y Cohetes. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2008. Collects the non-Maggie and Hopey and non-Palomar/Luba stories from the "Complete Love and Rockets" volumes Music for Mechanics, Chelo's Burden, Las Mujeres Perdidas, Tears from Heaven, House of Raging Women, Duck Feet, Flies on the Ceiling, and Hernandez Satyricon.

Penny Century. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2010. Collects the "Complete Love and Rockets" volumes Locas in Love, Dicks and Deedees, Whoa, Nellie! Contains the major storylines "Whoa, Nellie!," "Chiller," "Home School," "One More Ladies' Man," "Election Day" (parts 1 and 2), "The Race," "Everybody Loves Me Baby," and "Bay of Threes."

Esperanza. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2011. Collects the "Complete Love and Rockets" volumes Ghost of Hoppers and The Education of Hopey Glass.

Other Collections

Love and Rockets ¡Bonanza!. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1989. Reprints selected stories collected in the "Complete Love and Rockets," books 1-5, Jaime's Mechanics series, and Anything Goes!, issues 2 and 4.

Love and Rockets Sketchbook. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1989.

Love and Rockets Sketchbook Two. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1992.

Ten Years of Love and Rockets. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1992. Includes new material as well as selected stories first published in LR I, issues 3 and 31; Anything Goes!, issue 4; and collected in the "Complete Love and Rockets," books 14-15.

Mario Hernandez


Periodicals

Mister X (with Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez). Toronto: Vortex Comics, June — May 1984. 4 issues.

Brain Capers. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1993. Single issue.

Measles #1-4, 6 (with various others). Seattle: Fantagraphics, Dec. — Aug. 1998, May. 2000. 5 issues.

Tales from Shock City (with Gilbert Hernandez). Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2001. Includes stories from Mister X, issues 1-3. Single issue.

Citizen Rex (with Mario Hernandez). Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, July — Dec. 2009. 6 issues.

Collections

Citizen Rex (with Gilbert Hernandez). Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 2011. Collects Citizen Rex, issues 1-6.

Gilbert Hernandez


Periodicals

Mister X (with Mario and Jaime Hernandez). Toronto: Vortex Comics, June — May 1984. 4 issues.

Birdland. Seattle: Eros Comix-Fantagraphics, Oct. 1990 — July 1991. 3 issues.

Birdland, Vol. 2. Seattle: Eros Comix-Fantagraphics, June 1994. Single issue.

Girl Crazy. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, May — July 1996. 3 issues.

New Love. Seattle: Fantagraphics, Aug. 1996 — Dec. 1997. 6 issues.

Luba. Seattle: Fantagraphics, Feb. 1998 — Dec. 2004. 10 issues.

Measles (with various others). Seattle: Fantagraphics, Dec. 1998 — Aug. 2001. 8 issues.

Yeah! (with Peter Bagge, script). New York: DC Comics, Oct. 1999 — June 2000. 9 issues.

Luba's Comics and Stories. Seattle: Fantagraphics, Mar. 2000 — June 2006. 8 issues.

Tales from Shock City (with Mario Hernandez). Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2001. Includes stories from Mister X, issues 1-3. Single issue.

Birds of Prey, #50-55 (with Casey Jones, art). New York: DC Comics, Feb. — July 2003. 6 issues.

New Tales of Old Palomar. Seattle: Fantagraphics and Coconino P, Nov. 2006 — Nov. 2007. 3 issues.

Speak of the Devil. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, July 2007 — May 2008. 6 issues.

Citizen Rex (with Mario Hernandez). Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, July — Dec. 2009. 6 issues.

Fatima: The Blood Spinners. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, June — Sep. 2009. 4 issues.

Collections and Original Graphic Novels

Heartbreak Soup and Other Stories. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1987. A selection of Gilbert's stories from LR I, issues 2-9; and Love and Rockets ¡Bonanza!.

The Reticent Heart and Other Stories. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1988. A selection of Gilbert's stories from LR I, issues 7-8, 10-17, and 20; and Love and Rockets ¡Bonanza!; and Anything Goes!, issue 4.

Birdland. Expanded ed. Seattle: Eros Comix-Fantagraphics, 1994. Collects Birdland, issues 1-3, and Birdland, Vol. 2.

Girl Crazy. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 1997. Collects Girl Crazy, issues 1-3.

Sloth. New York: Vertigo-DC Comics, 2006.

Chance in Hell. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2007.

Speak of the Devil. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 2008. Collects Speak of the Devil, issues 1-6.

The Troublemakers. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2009.

High Soft Lisp. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2010. Collects Gilbert's stories from Luba's Comics and Stories, issue 7 and LR II, issues 3-5, 7-9, 11, 13-15, 17-18.

Love from the Shadows. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2011.

Citizen Rex (with Mario Hernandez). Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 2011. Collects Citizen Rex, issues 1-6.

Yeah! (with Peter Bagge, script). Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2011. Collects Yeah!, issues 1-9.

The Adventures of Venus. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2012. Collects the Venus stories from Measles, issues 2-8; plus new material.

Julio's Day. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2013. Collects the "Julio's Day" stories from LR II.

Marble Season. Montreal: Drawn & Quarterly, 2013.

The Children of Palomar. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2013. Collects New Tales of Old Palomar, issues 1-3.

Jaime Hernandez


Periodicals

Mister X (with Mario and Gilbert Hernandez). Toronto: Vortex Comics, June — May 1984. 4 issues.

Mechanics. Seattle: Fantagraphics, Oct. — Dec. 1985. 3 issues. Reprints "Mechanics" story from LR I, issue 2.

Whoa, Nellie!. Seattle: Fantagrahics, July — Sep. 1996. 3 issues.

Maggie and Hopey Color Fun. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1997. Single issue.

Penny Century. Seattle: Fantagraphics, Dec. 1997 — July 2000. 7 issues.

Measles #2-5, 8 (with various others). Seattle: Fantagraphics, Mar. 1999 — Jan. 2000, Aug. 2001. 5 issues.

Collections

Love and Rockets: Short Stories. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1987. A selection of Jaime's stories from LR I, issues 1-5.

Lost Women and Other Stories. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1988. A selection of Jaime's stories from LR I, issues 3, 6-11, 13-16.

God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2012. Collects the Ti-Girls stories from LR NS 1-2, as well as includes new material.

Secondary Material


Criticism

González, Christopher.  Beto's Burden: The Comics of Gilbert Hernandez. Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi.  Forthcoming.

Hatfield, Charles. "A Broader Canvas: Gilbert Hernandez's Heartbreak Soup." Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature. Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi, 2005. 68-107.

—. "Heartbreak Soup: The Interdependency of Theme and Form." Inks 4.2 (1997): 2-17.

—. "How to Read a…." English Language Notes 46.2 (2008): 129-49.

Hignite, Todd. The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death. New York: Abrams ComicArts, 2010.

Merino, Ana. "Feminine Latin/o American Identities on the American Alternative Landscape: From the Women of Love and Rockets to La Perdida." Trans. Elizabeth Polli. The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts. Ed. Paul Williams and James Lyons. Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi, 2010. 164-76.

Nericcio, William A. "A Decidedly 'Mexican' and 'American' Semi[er]otic Transference: Frida Kahlo in the Eyes of Gilbert Hernandez." Latino/a Popular Culture. Ed. Michelle Habell-Pallán and Mary Romero. New York: New York UP, 2002. 190-207.

Royal, Derek Parker. "To Be Continued…: Serialization and Its Discontents in the Recent Comics of Gilbert Hernandez." International Journal of Comic Art 11.1 (2009): 262-280.

Saxey, Esther. "Desire without Closure in Jaime Hernandez's Love and Rockets." ImageTexT 3.1 (2006): 57 paragraphs.

Scott, Darieck. "Love, Rockets, Race and Sex." The Americas Review 23.3-4 (1995): 73-106.

Wolk, Douglas. "Gilbert Hernandez: Spiraling into the System." Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean. Cambridge, MA: De Capo, 2007. 181-92.

—. "Jaime Hernandez: Mad Love." Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean. Cambridge, MA: De Capo, 2007. 193-202.

Interviews

Adams, Sam. "Love and Rockets' Hernandez Brothers on 30 Years in Comics." AV Club. 19 Oct. 2012. Web. 1 June 2013. <http://www.avclub.com>.

Aldama, Frederick Luis. "Gilbert Hernandez of Los Bros Hernandez." Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez. Austin: U of Texas P, 2009. 171-81.

—. "Jaime Hernandez of Los Bros Hernandez." Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez. Austin: U of Texas P, 2009. 182-89.

—. "Jaime Hernandez of Los Bros Hernandez." Spilling the Beans in Chicanolandia: Conversations with Writers and Artists. Austin: U of Texas P, 2006. 119-28.

Benfer, Amy. "Los Bros Hernandez Duet, with Kissing." Salon. 20 Feb. 2001. Web. 1 June 2013. <http://www.salon.com>.

Collins, Sean T. "Comics Time: An Interview with Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez." Attention Deficit Disorder. 4 Oct. 2010. Web. 1 June 2013. <http://seancollins.com>. Reprint of "I Can Has Comix?: Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez." Wizard Universe. 22 June 2007. Web. <http://www.wizarduniverse.com> [Now defunct].

Fiore, Robert. "Pleased to Meet Them: The Hernandez Bros. Interview." The Comics Journal 126 (1989): 60-113.

Gaiman, Neil. "The Hernandez Brothers." The Comics Journal 178 (1995): 91-123.

Hodler, Tim, Dan Nadel, and Frank Santoro. "The Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez Interview." The Comics Journal. 13 Dec. 2012. Web. 1 June 2013. <http://www.tcj.com>.

Murray, Noel. "Interview: Los Bros Hernandez." AV Club. 19 Jan. 2005. Web. 1 June 2013. <http://www.avclub.com>.

Royal, Derek Parker. The Hernandez Brothers: Conversations. Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi. Forthcoming.

—. "Palomar and Beyond: An Interview with Gilbert Hernandez." MELUS 32.3 (2007): 221-46.

Sobel, Marc. The Love and Rockets Reader: From Hoppers to Palomar. Seattle: Fantagraphics. Forthcoming.

Sobel, Marc, and Kristy Valenti, eds. The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting). Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2013.

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