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cheech schizophrenia
excellent writing
exceptional art
historical bonus 2
total score 8

Cheech Wizard Schizophrenia

1st Printing / 1973 / 36 Pages / Last Gasp

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Cheech Wizard Schizophrenia offers more intrigue than most underground comic books because of the autobiographical monologue provided by Vaughn Bode, which accompanies the Cheech Wizard strips throughout the book. During the monologue, Bodé is garbed in a wizard-like gown and stands below a starry night sky on some celestial planet while spinning an explanation of his life, his multi-faceted sexual leanings, and his affinity with mysticism.

While the Cheech Wizard strips are good, I think it would have been great if Bodé had produced an entire comic devoted to Vaughn Bodé's philosophy and outlook on life (and death). After all, Crumb filled thousands of pages with his meanderings; I would love a few more from Bodé.

There were two printings of Cheech Wizard Schizophrenia, both by Last Gasp. The 1st printing has a 75-cent cover price. The 2nd printing has a $1.00 cover price.

Vaughn Bodé - 1-36