As someone who went to design school, I’m a little ashamed to admit that I had never heard of Vaughn Bode ’til about an hour ago. From his birth in 1941 to his untimely death only 34 years later, Bode was part of the spearhead of the underground comic, avant garde graphic design and graffiti community.
His most famous work is The Cheech Wizard, a subversive little prat in a hat – actually, he’s all hat – who gets up to no good with even worse language all day long, aided by his lizard sidekick. I have no idea what the guy’s name is, but i feel for him. Dude keeps getting kicked in the gonads. The Cheech Wizard not only pushed the agenda of subversive sequential art, it also inspired a whole generation of graffiti artists who incorporated his fluid character designs onto their train car bombings.