was born in Utica, New York on July 22, 1941.
Vaughn began drawing at the age of five. He remembered himself
as "an extremely introverted kid, completely unable to relate
to the world around me...I started creating my own fantasy
world populated with my own little creatures."
September 27, 1957 at 2:30 pm, he designed a unique little
wizard who wore a huge hat and that became the infamous
Cheech Wizard. The inspiration for the name came
from a can of Cheechy Nuts.
Incredibly prolific in a career
that barely spanned two decades, Vaughn produced a phenomenal
body of work. Among his publications are the self-published
DAS KAMPF, which was one of the first underground
comics in 1963. He was the editor of GOTHIC BLIMP WORKS
the first weekly underground comic published by the EAST
VILLAGE OTHER in the 1960's. DEADBONE was featured
in GALAXY MAGAZINE from 1969-1971 and CHEECH WIZARD
for NATIONAL LAMPOON MAGAZINE from 1971-1975. His
JUNKWAFFLE comics 1-4 were published by Last Gasp
is one of the most influential American cartoonists of our
time. Much of graffiti art itself comes from the
work of Vaughn Bode. Rendering his characters, lettering
and cartoon semiotics is a rite of passage for graffiti
art crews. Vaughn Bode's art was made popular by writers
like Dondi, Seen, Tracy and Mare
139. Unrecognized by most in the fine art realm, the
worlds and characters he created permeate our collective
pop image bank like a classic visual rock & roll soundtrack
for our times. Vaughn was the recipient in 1969 of a
Hugo Award. In 1975 he received the Yellow Kid award
in Lucca, Italy.
Vaughn Bode died on July 18,1975
in San Francisco in a mystic experiment gone wrong.
hope to give you a rare glimpse into the life of this legendary
artist by presenting unseen photos and unpublished works...Enjoy...