Mark Bode was born in Utica, New York. He is the son of the legendary cartoonist Vaughn Bode.
Mark is best known for his work on Cobalt 60 and as the creator of the hit comic Miami Mice.
Bode attended The Art School in Oakland, California. His first professional job was for Heavy Metal Magazine when he was asked to color his father’s black and white strip Zooks, the First Lizard in Orbit when he was fifteen. He was a fine arts major at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and studied animation and etching at San Francisco State University. His publications include Gyro Comics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cobalt 60 (the graphic novel), GWAR comics, and Lizard of Oz.
In his spare time, of which there isn’t much, Mark occasionally performs the Bode cartoon concert, teaches art, and plays New Orleans style piano and zydeco accordian.
In the 35 years of Mark’s professional career as an artist, Marks work has appeared in Heavy Metal, Epic Magazine, Penthouse, Hustler, Gauntlet Magazine, While You Were Sleeping, Graphotism, among many, many other magazines and comics. He has had articles featuring his work in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Juxtapox, and Tabu Tattoo. Mark’s work has been exhibited in the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Psychedelic Solution Gallery in New York, Upper Payground Gallery in San Francisco, and has had art shows abroad in Berlin, London, Milan, and Barcelona. Mark has designed multiple vinyl toys based on his father’s characters for Kidrobot and Mike Company in Japan and now Planet 6 in New York.Mark has worked with major clothing companies and has produced very popular Bode crossover lines of clothes for Marc Ecko clothing, and most recently and ongoing Puma International, where he has designed the Cheech Wizard Puma gear that is on multiple hot pic lists internationally.
Mark signed a deal with Universal pictures for the rights to Cobalt 60 to be produced as a live action movie directed by Zack Snyder of Dawn of the Dead (the remake), Frank Miller’s 300, and his smash hit The Watchmen. Mark is working on another chapter in the Cobalt 60 story.