GOLDEN AGE great Mort Meskin and underground comix pioneer Spain Rodriguez have been inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame, Comic-Con International has just announced.

The two comics creators are automatic inductions of six 2013 judges (and yes, in full disclosure, Comic Riffs was one of the six).


The judges’ picks must be deceased. Meskin (Johnny Quick, Vigilante), a genre-crossing master of light-and-shadow at midcentury, died in 1995; Rodriguez (Trashman, Nightmare Alley, Mission District muralist), a Zap Comix creator who rendered muscular, rippling art that influenced Robert Crumb, died last year.


The jurors also nominated 13 comics/cartooning figures for Hall of Fame consideration by online voters. They are:

Marjorie Henderson (“Marge”) Buell; Howard Cruse; Lee Falk; Bud Fisher; Bill Griffith; Al Jaffee; Jesse Marsh; Tarpe Mills; Thomas Nast; Gary Panter; Trina Robbins; Joe Sinnott and Jacques Tardi.

Online voting is open now to professionals in the comics industry. Four nominees will be inducted and honored in July at San Diego Comic-Con, when the Eisners ceremony will be held.