Synopses & Reviews
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
Wacky Packagesand#151;a series of collectible stickers featuring parodies of consumer products and well-known brands and packagingand#151;were first produced by the Topps company in 1967, then revived in 1973 for a highly successful run. In fact, for the first two years they were published, Wacky Packages were the only Topps product to achieve higher sales than their flagship line of baseball cards. The series has been relaunched several times over the years, most recently to great success in 2007.
Known affectionately among collectors as and#147;Wacky Packs,and#8221; as a creative force with artist Art Spiegelman, the stickers were illustrated by such notable comics artists as Kim Deitch, , Bill Griffith, Jay Lynch, and Norm Saunders.
This first-ever collection of Series One through Series Seven (from 1973 and 1974) celebrates the 35th anniversary of Wacky Packages and is sure to amuse collectors and fans young and old.
Wacky Packages was a series of collectible stickers featuring parodies of consumer products and well-known brands and packaging. This collection of Series One through Series Seven (from 1973 and 1974) celebrates the products' 35th anniversary.
Edgy, subversive, and darkly comedic, Toppsand#8217;s infamous Mars Attacks trading cards have inspired and fascinated fans ever since they were first published in 1962. Created by Len Brown and Woody Gelman and illustrated by such pulp luminaries as Norm Saunders, Wally Wood, and Bob Powell, this first-ever 16-month Mars Attacks calendar features high-quality reproductions from the original transparencies. Includes 4 bonus collectible cards.
and#160; Ever since Star Trek
first aired on television in 1966, the series has had a strong influence on pop culture. In 1976, due to the showand#8217;s rising popularity in syndication, Topps released a series of collectible trading cards featuring full-color images from the classic television series created by Gene Roddenberry, as well as synopses and information on the cast and crew of the Starship Enterprise
. This first-ever compilation includes the fronts and backs of all 88 cards and 22 rare and hard-to-find stickers (which were originally sold one per pack), as well as text and commentary by Star Trek
insiders Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmannand#151;guaranteed to please the die-hard Trekkie as well as a whole new generation of fans.
Praise for Star Trek: The Original Topps Trading Card Series
and#147;If you're like me, most of those cards are long gone by now, so Iand#8217;ve loved the hardcover books devoted to the company's various product lines.and#8221; and#151;USA Todayand#8217;s Pop Candy blog
About the Author
Paula M. Block
worked on the Star Trek
franchise at Paramount Pictures and CBS for 19 years and, with motion picture publicist Terry J. Erdmann
, has written numerous books including Star Trek: The Original Series 365
, Star Trek: The Next Generation 365
, and Star Trek 101
. They live in Oregon. The Topps Company, Inc.
, founded in 1938, is the preeminent creator and brand marketer of sports cards, entertainment products, and distinctive confectionary.