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solid writing
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historical bonus 3
total score 8
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Collected Cheech Wizard
Cheech / Schizophrenia
REVIEW SCORE: 9
REVIEW SCORE: 8
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REVIEW SCORE: 8
REVIEW SCORE: 8
REVIEW SCORE: 8
REVIEW SCORE: 8
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_Cheech Wizard
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1972-1987 / Company & Sons - Print Mint - Last Gasp - Rip Off Press
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Vaughn Frederic Bodé created his signature character Cheech Wizard way back in 1957, when he was merely a lad of 16. Though the yellow-hatted "cartoon messiah" did not officially see print for over a decade, he went on to become Bodé's best-known and most enduring comic book character. Cheech Wizard appeared in a variety of undergrounds and in a monthly one-pager with National Lampoon for several years before Bodé's self-inflicted death in 1975 at the tender age of 34.

Cheech Wizard resides in some sort of fantasy-land jungle or backwoods with a variety of characters, including his on again/off again lizard pal Razzberry. There are no human males in these backwoods, but there are some luscious women, including one in particular that Cheech Wizard enjoins for all manners of fucking and sucking (primarily off camera). In fact, Cheech Wizard is primarily concerned about only one thing: his own pleasure, whether that is accompanied by a woman, a beer or just his own company. He is occasionally prone to philosophizing, but prefers to dish out insults with his twisted-syntax dialect. Bodé never allowed Cheech Wizard's face to be shown, though it is known that Cheech Wizard removed his hat on at least a couple of occasions.

Cheech Wizard maintains a measurable amount of popularity even today. Bodé's unique cartoon style influenced illustrators and grafitti artists for decades, and his influence can also be seen in certain animated works, including those by his friend, Ralph Bakshi. After Bodé's death, Rip Off Press anthologized the Cheech Wizard oeuvre in a four-issue run of comic books, The Complete Cheech Wizard, which is also available in paperback form. In the decades after Bodé's passing, his son Mark produced additional Cheech Wizard adventures, including comics that were partially completed by his father. Mark Bodé's Cheech Wizard comics come admirably close to replicating his father's singular style, but it is hard to accept that Cheech Wizard can be given life by anyone but Vaughn Bodé.