February 18, 1963|
Utica, New York
The Lizard of Oz
|Collaborators||Vaughn Bodé, Larry Todd|
Mark Bodé (born February 18, 1963 in Utica, New York) is an American cartoonist. The son of underground comics legend Vaughn Bodé, Mark often produces works similar to the elder Bodé’s style. He is best known for his work on Cobalt-60, Miami Mice, and The Lizard of Oz. Bodé has also worked for Heavy Metal magazine and on The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Mark Bodé was born February 18, 1963 in Utica, New York, the son of the cartoonist Vaughn Bodé. He began drawing at age three, and even colored in some of his father's artwork with markers. He claims that his father...
|“||brainwashed me into seeing his world, so the characters I started coming up with were heavily influenced by him. Right before he died he told me: 'We'll always be Bode and son. Share my style, but don't get too close.' I couldn't wait to work with him.||”|
Bodé attended art school in Oakland, California. He also studied animation at San Francisco State University. In 1982, he attended the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City as a fine arts major.
Bodé has completed and expanded upon many of his father's works. As a 15-year-old he colored the unfinished work Zooks, the First Lizard in Orbit for Heavy Metal. In 1984 he expanded and illustrated Cobalt 60, originally created as a short story by his father in 1968. Written by Larry Todd and fully painted by Mark Bodé, the story was serialized in Epic Illustrated, and later collected by The Donning Company/Starblaze Graphics and re-published as a four-issue limited series by Tundra Publishing.
From 1988 to 1995 Bodé wrote and drew comics with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman. The two collaborated on several issues for Mirage Studios, including issues #18 & #32. Bodé 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'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.
Tattooing and spray can art
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.
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- November 2013 — West Bank Gallery, London
- October 2013 — Warfield Theater mural, San Francisco (with Osgemeos)
- May 2013 — Montana Gallery, Barcelona
- 2013 — Yard Five, Berlin, Germany
- August 2012 — 1AM Gallery, San Francisco
- July 2012 — Arctic Gallery, Amsterdam
- 2010 — 1AM Gallery, San Francisco: Wizards, Lizards and Broads
- 2008 — Berghain Club, Berlin
- 2005 — Oaklandish Gallery, Oakland, California
- 2004 — The Upper Playground Gallery, San Francisco
- 1999 — New Museum: Picturing the Modern Amazon
- 1993 — The Psychedelic Solution Gallery, New York City
- Frucci, Angela (2004-05-31). "Following a Wiz to a Far-Out Oz; A Son Completes the Legacy Of an Underground Cartoonist". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-22.
- Harmanci, Reyhan, "The Bay Citizen: In Finishing Comics, a Son Completes a Legacy," New York Times (July 1, 2010).
- Bode credits, Grand Comics Database.
- "Artist Bio - Mark Bodé," Archived 2014-05-08 at the Wayback Machine. Fantagraphics website. Accessed May 8, 2014.
- Todd was Vaughn Bodé's friend and collaborator in the 1960s on projects for Eerie, Creepy, and Vampirella magazines.
- 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.
- Mark Bode interview, www.lectrics.fr
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