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Art by Vaughn Bode and Mark Bode. Story by Larry Todd. Cobalt 60 is one of the darkest, if not THE darkest, projects in Vaughn Bode’s work. A post-apocalypse punch in the face, it’s grim, ultra-violent and despairing, and comes with a killer ending that, like Bode’s earlier The Man, shows The Cartoon Gooroo’s mastery at delineating big themes with a minimum of words. He was an artist who wrote, rather than a writer who drew, and that’s never clearer than here. The Donning Company, 1988. Out of Print. Condition: Very Fine. There is one small scuff on front cover.

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Cobalt 60 is one of the darkest, if not THE darkest, projects in Vaughn Bode’s work. A post-apocalypse punch in the face, it’s grim, ultra-violent and despairing, and comes with a killer ending that, like Bode’s earlier The Man, shows The Cartoon Gooroo’s mastery at delineating big themes with a minimum of words. He was an artist who wrote, rather than a writer who drew, and that’s never clearer than here.

Vaughn originally created Cobalt 60 in 1959, but the death dealing mutant didn’t see print until 1968, in an issue of Wally Wood’s Witzend, in the process winning him the Hugo award for Best Fanzine Artist of that year.

He created a whole world for Cobalt to move around in, along with a full cast of characters, but ultimately found the series too depressing to continue with and abandoned the idea. Vaughn did try one more time with Cobalt 60, with this unfinished piece posthumously published in Junkwaffel #4. This one is even darker and more uncompromising than its predecessor, and you do get the feeling that even Vaughn felt he’d written himself into a corner.

Which is presumably why, when son Mark Bode took up the character in 1984 for a new series in Epic Illustrated, he went in a completely different direction.

Note: This is an out of print, used and/or rare item. Very Fine. There is one small scuff on front cover.

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