The Complete Love & Rockets #1 - Music for Mechanics [3rd Edition]
(February 1989)

Fantagraphics, 1985 Series
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Volume
1
Price
12.95 USD; 16.95 CAD
Pages
164
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Fantagraphics Books
Publisher's Brand
FB Fantagraphics Books
ISBN
0-930193-13-X Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9780930193133 90000
Editing
Gary Groth (editor); Doug Erb (art director)

Issue Notes

3rd Printing: February 1989; 4th printing: September 1994 (14.95 USD); 5th printing: June 1996 ?; 6th printing: November 2000; 7th printing: May 2004 (18.95 USD; 25.95 CAD). This book indexed from a Third Printing; other printings may vary slightly in some sequences. The cover art and price may also vary.
This issue has variants:

Music for Mechanics (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jaime Hernandez (signed)
Inks
Jaime Hernandez (signed)
Colors
Paul Rivoche

Genre
drama
Characters
Izzy [Isabel Ortiz Ruebens]; Maggie [Margarita Luisa Chascarrillo]; Hopey [Esperanza Leticia Glass]; Penny Century [Beatriz Garcia]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Title of this cover has been re-designed over the various printings.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

blank page(s) / 3 pages (report information)


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

credits, title page / 4 pages (report information)

Pencils
Jaime Hernandez (credited); Gilbert Hernandez (credited)
Inks
Jaime Hernandez (credited); Gilbert Hernandez (credited)
Letters
typeset

Characters
Pipo; Vicente; Israel; Jesus; Hopey [Esperanza Leticia Glass]; Maggie [Margarita Luisa Chascarrillo]; Penny Century [Beatriz Garcia]

Indexer Notes

Title and publisher pages; Indicia, production credits and table of contents.
Table of contents omits “La Chota,” “How to Kill a    by Isabel Ruebens,” and “Meanwhile . . . Back at the Ranch”; and collapses the multi-part “BEM” and “Cover Gallery” into single content items.
These pages include illustrations from the stories.

A Habitable World The Brothers Hernandez (Table of Contents: 3)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Carter Scholz (credited)
Pencils
Jaime Hernandez (credited); Gilbert Hernandez (credited)
Inks
Jaime Hernandez (credited); Gilbert Hernandez (credited)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Comics were pretty much invented in America.
Synopsis
Carter Scholz talks about the importance of Love and Rockets to comics as a major achievement.

Indexer Notes

Illustrated with various panels and characters from the comics.
These are not all the same as were used in the first edition.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

blank page(s) / 2 pages (report information)


Mechan-X (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 7.85 pages (report information)

Script
Jaime Hernandez (credited as Izzy Ruebens)
Pencils
Jaime Hernandez (credited as Izzy Ruebens) (signed as JH)
Inks
Jaime Hernandez (credited as Izzy Ruebens) (signed as JH)
Letters
Jaime Hernandez (credited as Izzy Ruebens)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Goody ... time for work ...
Genre
drama; science fiction
Characters
Maggie [Margarita Luisa Chascarrillo]; Rand Race; Hopey [Esperanza Leticia Glass]; Duke Morales; Yax Haxley; Tall Tracker; Penny Century
Synopsis
Maggie is hired to work with the pro-solar mechanic Rand Race. Tall Tracker attacks Race to get him to rebuild a robot army but Maggie saves the day.
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La Chota (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 0.15 page (report information)

Script
Jaime Hernandez
Pencils
Jaime Hernandez
Inks
Jaime Hernandez
Letters
Jaime Hernandez

Reprints

Locas Tambien (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Jaime Hernandez (credited)
Pencils
Jaime Hernandez (credited) (signed as JH)
Inks
Jaime Hernandez (credited) (signed as JH)
Letters
Jaime Hernandez (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Thirty-five dollars and a six pack to my name...
Genre
drama
Characters
Maggie [Margarita Luisa Chascarrillo]; Hopey [Esperanza Leticia Glass]; Izzy [Isabel Ortiz Ruebens]; Joey Glass; Speedy Ortiz [Eulalio Ortiz]
Synopsis
The story of how Maggie and Hopey first met.
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How To Kill A... (By Isabel Ruebens) (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Pencils
Jaime Hernandez (credited as Isabel Ruebens) (signed as JH)
Inks
Jaime Hernandez (credited as Isabel Ruebens) (signed as JH)

Genre
drama
Characters
Izzy [Isabel Ortiz Ruebens]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This story is not included in the table of contents.

BEM (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 40 pages (report information)

Script
Gilbert Hernandez (credited)
Pencils
Gilbert Hernandez (credited) (signed as Bert)
Inks
Gilbert Hernandez (credited) (signed as Bert)
Letters
Gilbert Hernandez (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Meanwhile, the monster moved across the sea at its usual speed with the ever present whirlyboat close behind ...
Genre
drama; science fiction
Characters
Leonor [Leonore; Lenor]; Leonore's boyfriend; Suzy Niznick; Harold Penis; Bob Zitz; Bobo; Luba; Peter; Castle Radium; Echo; Roxanne; Paulo P. Piñata; Cha Cha Charlie; Patrice; giant monster; BEM
Synopsis
BEM has escaped and is on a murderous rampage, pursued by hero Castle Radium.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

5 chapters to this story.
In the comic issue and in previous editions of this book, the girl's name was spelled Leonore in chapters 1-3, and Lenore in chapters 4-5. In this edition her name starts as Leonor, then Leonore, then Lenor, then back to Leonor.
In part 3, page 7, panel 6, a small black spot has been added to this edition to show where Luba has been flung far away by the monster.

Barrio Huerta (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jaime Hernandez (credited)
Pencils
Jaime Hernandez (credited)
Inks
Jaime Hernandez (credited)
Letters
Jaime Hernandez (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Rosalba!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rosalba; Lencho; Rand Race; Duke Morales; Yax Haxley
Synopsis
The first 3 panels are in Spanish. A factory worker, coming home at the end of his shift, is told that the baby died that morning. The last panel is in English - Rand and Yax have discovered a grave stone with a cherub.
Reprints

...Penny Century, You're Fired!! (Table of Contents: 11)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jaime Hernandez (credited)
Pencils
Jaime Hernandez (credited)
Inks
Jaime Hernandez (credited)
Letters
Jaime Hernandez (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Wow! Atoma is single-handedly holding off those alien attackers!
Genre
humor; superhero
Characters
Penny Century [Beatriz Garcia]; H. R. Costigan
Synopsis
All Penny Century wants is to become a superhero.
Reprints

Music For Monsters I (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gilbert Hernandez (credited)
Pencils
Gilbert Hernandez (credited)
Inks
Gilbert Hernandez (credited)
Letters
Gilbert Hernandez (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Let's go, Vertigo! Giddyap!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Bang Bang; Inez Perez; Vivik; El Creepo Perverto; Woman with Convertible
Synopsis
Two young women in the desert photographing monsters.
Reprints

Mecanicos (Table of Contents: 13)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jaime Hernandez
Pencils
Jaime Hernandez
Inks
Jaime Hernandez
Letters
Jaime Hernandez

First Line of Dialogue or Text
C'mon, Maggot! You've been in there for two hours!
Genre
drama; science fiction
Characters
Maggie [Margarita Luisa Chascarrillo]; Hopey [Esperanza Leticia Glass]; Daffy [Daphne Matsumoto]; Rand Race; Duke Morales; Yax Haxley; Penny Century [Beatriz Garcia]
Synopsis
Maggie becomes Rand's assistant.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Original story first published in this volume.

Mechanics (Table of Contents: 14)

comic story / 40 pages (report information)

Script
Jaime Hernandez (credited)
Pencils
Jaime Hernandez (credited) (signed as Jaime)
Inks
Jaime Hernandez (credited) (signed as Jaime)
Letters
Jaime Hernandez (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dear Hopey, Surprise! It's me!
Genre
drama; science fiction
Characters
Maggie [Margarita Luisa Chascarrillo]; Rand Race; Hopey [Esperanza Leticia Glass]; Penny Century [Beatriz Garcia]; Duke Morales; Daffy [Daphne Matsumoto]; Terry [Theresa Leeanne Downe]; Yax Haxley; Ben Ruben; Tse Tse [Rosa Colores Arriaga Banuelos]; Rena Titañon; Pedero Rodriguez Sanjo; Sancho Sanjo; Izzy [Isabel Ortiz Ruebens]; Bernie Carbo; Doctor Numura Mumura; Speedy Ortiz [Eulalio Ortiz]; Tiger Rosa; Maria Bravo (cameo); Vicki Glori [Victoria Chascarrillo]
Synopsis
Maggie and Rand Race are sent to fix a downed ship in a volatile jungle country where dinosaurs still live and the leader is an oppressive dictator.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Forty-page story is presented discontinuously over 41 pages with the addition a new one-page story between pages 30 and 31.

Meanwhile... Back at the Ranch (Table of Contents: 15)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jaime Hernandez (credited)
Pencils
Jaime Hernandez (credited) (signed as Jaime)
Inks
Jaime Hernandez (credited) (signed as Jaime)
Letters
Jaime Hernandez (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Ouch! Take it easy, Izzy!
Genre
drama
Characters
Hopey [Esperanza Leticia Glass]; Izzy [Isabel Ortiz Ruebens]; Daffy [Daphne Matsumoto]
Synopsis
Hopey gets a homemade tattoo while discussing Maggie's trip with Izzy and Daffy.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This item appears between pages 30 and 31 of “Mechanics.” Original story first published in this volume.

Radio Zero (Table of Contents: 16)

comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Mario Hernandez (credited) (plot germ); Gilbert Hernandez (physical evidence)
Pencils
Gilbert Hernandez (credited) (physical evidence)
Inks
Gilbert Hernandez (credited) (physical evidence)
Letters
Gilbert Hernandez (credited) (physical evidence)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the case of Errata Stigmata
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; science fiction
Characters
Errata Stigmata (Intro); Bubbles; Valentia
Synopsis
Errata Stigmata and her friend Bubbles are involved in an embassy bombing.
Reprints

¿Music for Monsters? II (Table of Contents: 17)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Gilbert Hernandez (credited)
Pencils
Gilbert Hernandez (credited) (signed as Bert)
Inks
Gilbert Hernandez (credited) (signed as Bert)
Letters
Gilbert Hernandez (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
One day Bang woke up and decided she was more than fed up with the current state of what was passing for, ahem, 'science-fiction'.
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Bang Bang; Inez Perez; Killiaak monsters; Doreena
Synopsis
Bang Bang and Inez stop 5 Killiaak monsters from stealing a deadly disease.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The title appears in the story as "¿Music for Monsters?".
The table of contents lists it as "Music for Monsters II".

Somewhere in California (Table of Contents: 18)

comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Mario Hernandez (credited); Gilbert Hernandez (credited)
Pencils
Mario Hernandez (credited)
Inks
Mario Hernandez (credited)
Letters
Gilbert Hernandez (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
There they are! The Polaris Apartments! Go around to the alley way, now!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Vodor; Xed; Zezbar [Zizbah]; Tony; Noalda; King Svedor of Marzipan; Katie; Cluzia; Mosca
Synopsis
Aliens, the deposed King of Marzipan and drug dealers all are at the Polaris Apartments.
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A Little Story... (Table of Contents: 19)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gilbert Hernandez (credited)
Pencils
Gilbert Hernandez (credited)
Inks
Gilbert Hernandez (credited)
Letters
Gilbert Hernandez (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I know where you're going!
Genre
drama
Characters
Pipo; Martin; Satch [Sakahaftewa]; Chelo; Vicente; Israel; Jesus
Synopsis
The children of Palomar climb on the stone idols outside town.
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Indexer Notes

Original story first published in this volume.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20)

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)


Cover Gallery (Table of Contents: 21)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gilbert Hernandez
Inks
Gilbert Hernandez

Indexer Notes

Beginning of the cover gallery section. Contains an illustration taken from the story BEM.
This page is new for the 3rd edition.

[Love and Rockets #1] (Table of Contents: 22)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jaime Hernandez
Inks
Jaime Hernandez

Reprints

Indexer Notes

For the 3rd edition, these covers were reprinted in black and white, rather than color as in the previous editions.

Love 'y' Rockets (Table of Contents: 23)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gilbert Hernandez
Inks
Gilbert Hernandez
Letters
Gilbert Hernandez

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Reprints back cover of Love and Rockets #1 (Fall 1982).

[Love and Rockets #2] (Table of Contents: 24)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jaime Hernandez
Inks
Jaime Hernandez

Characters
Penny Century; Maggie [Margarita Luisa Chascarrillo]; Dinosaurs
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 25)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Gilbert Hernandez
Pencils
Gilbert Hernandez
Inks
Gilbert Hernandez
Letters
Gilbert Hernandez

First Line of Dialogue or Text
...er Tavos Qualvida?
Characters
Monster X
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Reprints back cover of Love and Rockets #2 (Spring 1983).

If you enjoyed this book (Table of Contents: 26) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 27)

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)


Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

[The rocket is now boarding...] (Table of Contents: 28) (Expand) /

Love and Rockets / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)