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
Wacky Packages: New New New
is a follow-up title to the hilarious and colorful Wacky Packages,
first published by Abrams in 2008. This new collection presents all the Wacky Packs fromand#160;Series 8and#150;14 covering the years 1974 and 1975. Featuring humorous and often grotesque parodies of common household brands like and#147;Windaxeand#8221;and#160;cleaner and and#147;Smoochersand#8221; jam, Wacky Packages: New New New
offers a tongue-in-cheek critique of consumer culture and marketing subversion.
and#160;Created by a host of comics artists including Kim Deitch, Bill Griffith, Jay Lynch, and Norm Saunders, alongside Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, Wacky Packages; New New Newand#160;is a colorful, edgy, and intensely creative collection of illustrations. Packaged with four never-before-seen stickers and a wax jacket, Wacky Packages: New New New will please fans and collectors alike.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mars Attacks, this comprehensive book is the first-ever compilation of the infamous science-fiction trading card series produced by Topps in 1962. Edgy, subversive, and darkly comedic, this over-the-top series depicting a Martian invasion of Earth has a loyal following and continues to win new generations of fans. For the first time, this book brings together high-quality reproductions of the entire original series, as well as the hard-to-find sequel from 1994, rare and never-before-seen sketches, concept art, and test market materials. Also included are an introduction by series co-creator Len Brown and an afterword by Zina Saunders, daughter of the original artist, providing an insiderandrsquo;s behind-the-scenes view of the bizarre and compelling world of Mars Attacks.
Includes four Mars Attacks trading cards.
Includes preliminary sketches and artwork, including a facsimile of the original trading card mechanical on the inside back cover, with reproduction of the 1962 handwriting from the original Topps production department.
Praise for Mars Attacks:
andldquo;The best thing about this 50th-anniversary book is that it frees Mars Attacks from rose-tinted memory.andrdquo; andmdash;NPR.org
andldquo;The work produced by writer Len Brown and artist Norm Saunders, collected now in the anthology Mars Attacks: 50th Anniversary Collection . . . continues to pass muster as a lurid snapshot of sci-fi paranoia at its most pulp-fictiony.andrdquo; andmdash;Wired.com
andldquo;Itandrsquo;s like a mini-museum of alien grotesquerie between two solid covers, depicting all the iterations of the series, with further treatments by modern illustrators, and sketchbook reproductions, and names, dates, and times. Oh, and? And there are four bonus trading cards included with each copy of this graphic and texty artifact.andrdquo; andmdash;AustinChronicle.com
andldquo;Itandrsquo;s a true gem of American pop culture history that should be a centerpiece on any true geekandrsquo;s coffee table.andrdquo; andmdash;The Houston Press Art Attack blog
About the Author
The Topps Company, Inc.,
founded in 1938, is an international company best known as a leading producer of baseball cards and other trading cards and stickers. They are also known for Bazooka bubblegum, which was introduced in 1947.
Jay Lynch has written for MAD, Cracked, Sick, Playboy, and Time magazines. He has been freelancing for Topps for over forty years, and helped create some of their most popular humor products, including Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids.