Lucha Libre has been around since the 1930s and has found deep resonance among fans. Fortunately, along with Octavio Paz and Roland Barthes other great writers and photographers have done extensive work in a variety of genres to tell the lucha libre story. Here are a few of our favorites.
Run, don’t walk to go out and buy Espectacular de Lucha Libre by great Mexican photographer Lourdes Grobet. Lourdes has photographed lucha libre for over thirty years. This book is a classic.
The World of Lucha Libre by cultural anthropologist Heather Levi is a brilliant examination of lucha libre. Not only did Heather research her book in Mexico but she trained in lucha libre to better understand the experience of luchadores.
Revista Box y Lucha is the longest-running weekly lucha libre magazine still in circulation. The magazine has been publishing since the 1950s. You can find it on newsstands for the latest lucha libre news.
Luna Cornea, Numero 27 (2004) is a hard to find issue of this popular arts journal. This issue was devoted to lucha libre and is rich with photographs and articles about the sport. It occasionally appears on eBay. Well worth the hunt.
Dan Madigan’s Mondo Lucha A Go-Go is a wildly entertaining and thoughtful look at lucha libre. Dan spent time working for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and brings an insider’s take on professional wrestling, in Mexico and the United States.
Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask by Xavier Garza is a wonderful introduction to kids about the lucha libre phenomenon. Xavier not only wrote the story but his vivid illustrations bring the narrative to life.