Love and Rockets (comics)

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This article is about the comic book. For the English band, see Love and Rockets (band).

Love and Rockets

Cover illustration by Gilbert Hernandez for Love and Rockets #16, depicting two of his major Palomar characters, Heraclio and Carmen.

Publication information



Ongoing series

Publication date

Vol. 1: September 1982 – April 1996
Vol. 2: 2001–2007
Vol. 3: 2008–2016
Vol. 4: 2016-present

Number of issues

Vol. 1: 50
Vol. 2: 20
Vol. 3: 8

Creative team


Gilbert Hernandez
Jaime Hernandez
Mario Hernandez

Love and Rockets (often abbreviated L&R) is a comic book series by the Hernandez brothers: Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario, whose stories published in the series were independent of each other. It was one of the first comic books in the alternative comics movement of the 1980s.
The Hernandez brothers produced stories independently of each other. Gilbert and Jaime produced the majority of the material, and tended to focus on particular casts of characters and settings. Those of Gilbert usually focused on a cast of characters in the fictional Mexican village of Palomar; the stories often featured magic realist elements. The Locas stories of Jaime centered on a social group in Los Angeles, particularly the Latin-American friends and sometimes-lovers Maggie and Hopey.


1 Publication history
2 Overview
3 Characters

3.1 Jaime
3.2 Gilbert

4 Landmark stories

4.1 Jaime
4.2 Gilbert

5 Graphic novels and collections

5.1 Re-releases
5.2 Hardcovers

6 New stories
7 References

7.1 Works cited

8 External links

Publication history[edit]
The brothers Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez self-published the first issue of Love and Rockets in 1981. In 1982, Fantagraphics Books republished this issue with a color cover. The series was published at magazine size, larger than typical American comic books. Either Gilbert or Jaime, the series’ main contributors, would provide the front cover for a given issue, and the other the back; they alternated these duties each issue. The first volume ended with the 50th issue in 1996. The second volume ran for twenty issues from 2001 to 2007 in standard US comic