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Mark Bodé is an American comic book author and artist. Bodé is best known for his work on Cobalt-60, Miami Mice and The Lizard of Oz. Bodé has also worked on Heavy Metal Magazine, and on The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Bodé is also a tattoo artist, spending many years working around Northampton, Massachusetts, although he now lives in California.
He is the son of the cartoonist Vaughn Bodé.
As a teenager Bodé worked on his father's unfinished work, Zooks the First Lizard in Orbit for Heavy Metal while attending The Art School in Oakland, California. In 1982, he attended The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York as a Fine Arts major. He also studied animation at San Francisco State University. While attending SVA, Bodé met Marvel Comics editor Archie Goodwin, who was starting up a new magazine called Epic Illustrated. Bodé became a contributor from 1982 to 1986. In 1983 he launched Cobalt 60. Originally created as a short story by his father, Vaughn, in 1968, Bodé expanded and illustrated the story, which was written by Larry Todd in 1983. Todd was Vaughn's friend and collaborator in the 60's for Eerie, Creepy, and Vampirella magazines.
Around 1986 he was the creator of black and white comic Miami Mice by publisher Rip Off Press in San Francisco.
Bodé then ventured from 1988 to 1995 to write and draw comics with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman. The two collaborated on several issues for Mirage Studios, issue #18, #32. Bode was also the solo creator on the special edition Times Pipeline of TMNT. The Cobalt 60 saga was completed and was published as four graphic novels with Eastman’s company Tundra Publishing.
Bodé took up the art of tattooing in 1994. He trained under the guidance of tattoo artists Al Valenta, from Western Massachusetts, and Myke Maldonado, from New York.
Bodé also took up spray can art, and has done many mural tributes to his father’s characters over the years. In his career as a spraycan artist, he has done mural work globally in London, Spain, Italy, and Germany as well as locally in his hometown of San Francisco. He lives with his wife, Molly and they have a daughter named Zara.
Bodé's anthology work includes Subway Art, Spray Can Art, Mugs and Mascots, Burning New York, Broken Windows, Dondi White, Aerosol Kingdom, Picturing the Modern Amazon by New Museum books, Jack Kirby’s Heroes and Villains, 15 Years of Heavy Metal, 20 Years of Heavy Metal, and Comic Book Superstars.
Bodé is interviewed in The Run Up, a DVD produced by Upperplayground.
West Bank Gallery, London, November 2013 Warfield Theater mural, San Francisco, October 2013 with Osgemeos, Montana Gallery, Barcelona, May 2013, 1 AM Gallery, August 2012, Arctic Gallery, Amsterdam, July 2012, Yard Five, Berlin, 2013,
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- The Psychedelic Solution Gallery, New York City, 1993,
- Museum of Contemporary Art NYC Picturing the Modern Amazon 1999,
- The Upper Playground Gallery, San Francisco, 2004,
- Oaklandish Gallery, Oakland, California 2005,
- Berghain Club, Berlin 2008
- 1:AM Gallery, San Francisco, 2010
- Cobalt-60. Book one created by Vaughn Bodé, illustrated by Mark Bodé, written by Larry Todd. Northampton, Ma.: Tundra Publishing, 1992. ISBN 1-879450-35-6
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