Peel Here #108, These stickers are Maniacal


By Shawn Robare

So, continuing with the slight Valentine’s Day theme and as a preview for the Maniac post I hope to have up this week I thought I would break out my meager collection of stickers that were available in issues of the magazine.  This first set of stickers are kind of Valentine’s day related, so it seemed like a good place to start.  These came inside issue Five of Maniac, which was the Jan-Feb 1985 issue available only through the various editions of the Scholastic Book clubs in middle and high school…

I’m 99% sure that David Coulson did the illustrations for both sets of stickers I’m going to feature today (based on seeing his work inside the magazine), and I’d be willing to bet that ‘ol Jovial Bob (R.L.) Stine came up with the gags.  Oh, and even though both I and the magazine called these “stickers”, they’re better defined as stamps since you had to lick the back to stick them.  I’m loosely including them in Peel Here since I’ve featured a few Sticker Fun books in the past that use the same sticker/stamp technology…

I ended up winning these in a lot on eBay and only two of the magazines still had their stickers intact, issue five and four.  Here’s a look at those covers…

   

This second set of stickers was in the Nov-Dec 1984 issue, and had a much more general theme.  I can say one thing for certain, in this day and age you’d never see a sticker with the slogan “Make My Day” next to a drawing of a handgun in a school-based magazine.  Oh and I love the “I’m a Hip Hop Maniac” sticker on the bottom right.  That dude tied himself into a human pretzel with break dancing!

Hopefully I’ll have the main Maniac article up sometime this week…

  • Gugs

    Man,this brings back memories. I rem buying these magazines in 3rd grade. I think I had all of them back then. I rem the stickers too. The MTV spoof was hilarious. I wish I could find these magazines again. Very rare. Thanks.

  • http://meandyouandablognamedboo.blogspot.com/ PhillyRadioGeek

    Darn, I thought these were stickers based on the slasher film Maniac. How cool would they be?

  • Eric

    I LOVED these magazines, I haven’t seen them in years! But I remember the MTV parody in volume four was hilarious, and so was the Splash parody in one of the other issues. Both drawn by the excellent Sam Viviano. One of the issues had a great John Holmstrom comic making fun of “Zork”. I had that “Maniac Crossing” sticker on my locker in 7th grade for about a week before someone tore it off. Good times!