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).


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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.

[RIP, SPAIN RODRIGUEZ]

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.