Hector Rodriguez III

Hector Rodriguez III


Rodriguez, a 1st grade teacher in the Dallas Independent School Disctrict, began writing El Peso Hero as a side project.
Having grown up in a Texas border town with a largely Hispanic population, the comic book creator said that he felt that "there was a misrepresentation of the Hispanic population in the mainstream" media. El Peso Hero sprung from that lack: "Kids in Spanish-speaking communities don't have a hero that relates to them."

The first volume sees the superhero combating a drug trafficking ring and a corrupt political system. A second volume is almost finished, and Rodriguez plans to continue the hero's story for a series of six.

While Rodriguez began the project with the aim of keeping his teaching and artistic life separate, he found that after an interview with Univision, the lines blurred: "A lot of families saw me there and felt inspired," he explained, noting that soon after the interview, some of his elementary students "would go home and write their own stories."

All Series