Born: 1940 March 2 in Buffalo, New York, United States

Died: 2012 November 28 in San Francisco, California, United States

Notes: To be confirmed against the Who's Who entry. Who's Who incorrectly gives his birthplace as Spain.

His Algernon Backwash pen name has its own Who's Who listing:

Not to be confused with the Manuel Rodriguez that was born in Spain in 1973.

Sample Scan:


    Spain Rodriguez Type: Pen Name

Other Names:

  1. Algernon Backwash Type: Pen Name
  2. Manuel Rodriguez Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: Manuel Family name: Rodriguez
  3. Spain Type: Pen Name


  1. Backwash [generic]
  2. M. Spain Rodriguez [generic]
  3. Maxfield Spanapian [generic]
  4. Spain [generic]
  5. SPAIN
  6. Spaindroid [generic]


  1. 2013: Eisner Award - Hall of Fame - Judges’ Choices

Awards for Issues:

  1. 1998: Eisner Award - Best Comics-Related Book
    The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book (1997 series)