Lalo Alcaraz, Cucaracha Superman, 2006

Lalo Alcaraz, Cucaracha Superman, 2006


Lalo Alcaraz
Cucaracha Superman, 2006
Serigraph, Ed. 79

Spoofing the well known "Superman" introduction, "Look up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane!" this print is a spinoff of classic 1930s era comic books. This piece combines pulp comic era sepia tones and comic book exuberance with satirical political and racial commentary, through the lens of political daily comic strip character "La Cucaracha." It features the classic pose of superman lifting an automobile overhead and notes issues such as immigration, gang violence, the "Minutemen" vigilante group, and racial stereotyping.

Lalo Alcaraz is most known for being the author of the comic La Cucaracha, the first nationally syndicated, politically themed Latino daily comic strip. Launched in 2002, La Cucaracha has become one of the most controversial in the history of American comic strips. He is also the creator of "Daniel D. Portado", a satirical Hispanic character who in 1994 called on Mexican immigrants to return south—"reverse immigration"—as a response to the controversial Proposition 187. In 2012, Daniel D. Portado returned to the headlines as a result of Mitt Romneys call, during his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, on illegal immigrants to exercise "self-deportation."

A leading figure in the Chicano movement, Alcaraz formerly contributed political cartoons for LA Weekly from 1992 to 2010. He co-hosts a radio show on KPFK called the "Pocho Hour of Power." He also contributed a work of art to the 2008 Obama campaign called "Viva Obama". Alcaraz recently taught as a faculty member at Otis College of Art & Design. Alcaraz was also Consulting Producer and Writer on the Seth MacFarlane–executive produced animated show (created by Family Guy show runner Mark Hentemann) Bordertown, which ran one 13-episode season on Fox. It featured the first animated Mexican-American or even Latino family on primetime American television. Lalo Alcaraz also served as producer along with Gustavo Arellano on comedian Al Madrigal's TV special for Fusion, Half Like Me. Alcaraz also consults on films, including Pixar's Coco (2017).

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