Synopses & Reviews
Garbage Pail Kidsand#8212;a series of collectible stickers produced by Topps in the 1980sand#8212;combined spectacular artwork and over-the-top satire. The result was an inspired collaboration between avant-garde cartoonists and humorists including Art Spiegelman, Mark Newgarden, John Pound, Tom Bunk, and Jay Lynch. A new generation of fans continues to embrace this pop-culture phenomenon as Garbage Pail Kids stickers are still being published. Now, for the first time, all 206 rare and hard-to-find images from Series 1 through 5 are collected in an innovative package, along with a special set of four limited-edition, previously unreleased bonus stickers. This exciting follow up to Wacky Packages
is guaranteed to appeal to die-hard collectors as well as a new generation of fans.
Praise for Garbage Pail Kids:
and#160;"If you ask me, reliving my time with Bad Breath Seth and Potty Scotty is worth the cover price alone." and#8212;USAToday.com
"I worried that [the Garbage Pail Kids] might seem too time-bound for their own good; but if anything, 27 years later, theyand#8217;re more poignant. Maybe itand#8217;s because Iand#8217;m a worried, concerned adult, but more likely itand#8217;s because nothing is ever as funny as it is when youand#8217;re ten years oldand#8212;and everything is a lot scarier." and#8212;CapitalNewYork.comand#160;
"The book is a wonderfully designed tribute to these shit-disturbing cards in all their graphic, full-color glory." and#8212;ComicsBeat.com
"There's a lot of interesting stuff in Spiegel man's intro, and in the afterward by John Pound, the artist who originated and drew the bulk of the Kids. But the real reason to buy this book is for the graphic brilliance of the art itselfand#8230;" and#8212;Boston Phoenix
Bazooka Joe and his Gang have been synonymous with bubble gum ever since their debut in 1953, providing an irresistible combination of cheap laughs wrapped around pink, sugary sweetness. This book celebrates the iconic mini-comics that are recognized the world over. The story of Bazooka Bubble Gum is also detailed with extensive essays, including a profile of Wesley Morse, the original illustrator of Bazooka Joe. Included are reproductions of more than 100 classic comics spanning six decadesand#151;including the complete first series, reprinted in its entirety for the first timeand#151;as well as jokes, fortunes, and tiny ads for mail-order merchandise. Like Bazooka Bubble Gum itself, the book is pure nostalgia and guaranteed to appeal to kids and adults alike.
Includes 4 bonus trading cards and a genuine wax wrapper that evokes the original bubble gum packagingand#151;like holding an actual piece of Bazooka in your hands!
Praise for Bazooka Joe and His Gang:
and#147;A sweet bubble of nostalgia.and#8221;and#160; and#151;The Wall Street Journal
and#147;Itand#8217;s a sweet treat for your inner kid.and#8221; and#151;Parade magazine
"A snappy new book, Bazooka Joe and His Gang looks at the history and heritage of one the worldand#8217;s most recognized candy icons and commemorates the 60th anniversary of its origins." and#150; American Profile.com
Star Warsandmdash;the original trading card series from Topps first published in 1977 and 1978andmdash;is reprinted here in its entirety for the first time, featuring all five sets of collectible cards and stickers. This deluxe compilation includes the fronts and backs of all 330 cards and 55 stickers (originally sold one per pack), including movie facts, story summaries, actor profiles, and puzzle cards featuring all your favorite characters and scenes from the very first Star Wars movie. Also features four bonus trading cards, as well as an introduction and commentary by Gary Gerani, the original editor of the Star Wars Topps series. A special afterword by Robert V. Conte spotlights the rare Star Wars Wonder Bread trading cards, also reprinted for the first time.
About the Author
is a screenwriter, author, noted film and TV historian, and childrenandrsquo;s product developer. He is best known as the cowriter of the film Pumpkinhead
; the author of the book Fantastic Television
; and creator, ediandshy;tor, and writer of literally hundreds of Topps trading card sets since 1972. He lives in California.
Robert V. Conte is a pop-culture consultant who, armed with his vast memorabilia collection, utilizes his expertise on a myriad of officially licensed products, including Godzilla, Kiss, and Sesame Street. He has three children and is the subject of a forthcoming documentary film, Rebuilding Robert. He lives in New York.
The Topps Company, Inc., founded in 1938, is the preeminent creator and brand marketer of sports cards, entertainment products, and distinctive confectionery.