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    Vaughn Bode - Cheech Wizard Complete Story Original Art (Cavalier, 1969). This finished penciled story was done in 1969, the year that Deadbone Erotica replaced Crumb's Fritz the Cat in Cavalier magazine; this was also the year that Bode won a Hugo for best fanzine artist, turning the 28 year-old introvert into a popular underground artist. As fickle as fate sometimes can be, Bode died six years later at the age of 34. There is an irony in this well-finished story; Cheech creates a Frankenstein that is driven to blow out his "frontal lobe" with a pistola after the litany of comical conversation (amongst the Cheech rowdies) frustrates the poor monster to end his short-lived life. This large full-story was a gift to the great Berni Wrightson, who would occasionally be a guest artist for Bode's "Purple Pictography". Vaughn's odd-ball inscription on the back of this piece reads, "For Berni, to look at sometimes... or eat... its yours, sans sales tax, until the sun supernovas, then I want it back. Always, Vaughn Jan, 1971." As an aside, Bode refers to SU (Sorcerer's University) in this piece, but we think he was probably plugging his alma mater, Syracuse University, where he studied commercial art. The pencil-and-ink panels were done in sections, which were pasted onto a larger piece of illustration board (some are beginning to lift off) which is stained, with a tear on the right edge and a corner crunch, none of which affect the image area. Size is 21.5" x 15, and the overall condition is Very Good.

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    May, 2005
    18th-20th Wednesday-Friday
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