Tag Archives: GPK

2013 Grim Garbage Pail Kids Countdown: Day 11

Today’s monster GPK features our first vampire of the countdown.  Though Haunted Hollis and Batty Barney might not be the most recognizable of the GPK vampires, it’s one of my favorites…

11 - Haunted Hollis

These stickers, 180a&b, hail from series 5 released in the fall of 1986, and feature the artwork of Tom Bunk who was the second artist to start tackling cards back in series 3.  Bunk handled a lot of the artwork on the backs of the cards up until the 3rd series when he became a featured artist.  This is another great example of the beautiful artwork that’s achieved through the simplicity of concept and execution in a Garbage Pail Kids sticker.  No puke, snot, or conflicting concepts, just pure and simple batboy.  I also really dig this sticker because it’s one of the few where the artwork interacts with the logo, having Hollis/Barney clinging to it.  A nice touch for a series like this.

Once again, I’m also helping to organize the annual Countdown to Halloween alongside the tireless and super cool monster kid John Rozum. So if you like what I’m doing over here, you might want to head on over to the Countdown site and check out the huge list of other sites participating in this year’s spooky festivities. There’s also a like-minded sister collective called Blog-O-Ween being put together by my pal Cody, the Crooked Ninja Turtle Sensi. Be sure to check them out as well.

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31 Gross Garbage Pail Kids Halloween Countdown: Day 10

We’re a third of the way through the Countdown and today’s creepy card is one of the last of the “creature” sub-category.  I spent an inordinate amount of time as an 8 year-old staring at the below two stickers, 105a&b Juicy Jessica and Green Dean.  Not only were these some of the first GPK cards I managed to get my grubby little fingers on in the 3rd grade, but these were some of the first that I peeled and slapped on my first skateboard deck too!

10 - Green Dean

It didn’t hurt that the John Pound artwork features that really neat skeleton illustrating the latest victim of this maniacal man-eating plant, but there was plenty of drool-y blood which made it extra cool to my young eyes.  This was a couple years before my parents let me go hog wild in the horror section of the local video store, so anything gruesome that I had access to was extra cool in my book (and in this case, my sticker book!)  These stickers were originally released back in early 1986 as part of the 3rd series Garbage Pail Kids cards.

Once again, I’m also helping to organize the annual Countdown to Halloween alongside the tireless and super cool monster kid John Rozum. So if you like what I’m doing over here, you might want to head on over to the Countdown site and check out the huge list of other sites participating in this year’s spooky festivities. There’s also a like-minded sister collective called Blog-O-Ween being put together by my pal Cody, the Crooked Ninja Turtle Sensi. Be sure to check them out as well.

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Ghastly GPK Halloween Countdown: Day 9

We’re in the middle of the second week of the 2013 countdown and I have another twisted creature.  Beastly Boyd and Semi Colin is similar to yesterday’s mutant kid, except instead of hiding behind the mask of normalcy his monstrous side is literally coming right out…

9 - Beastly Boyd

This sticker card, number 355a&b, was released in series 9 in June 1987 right as the popularity of the brand was reaching it’s apex (also the summer when the GPK movie hit theaters.)  This card holds a bit of distinction in the GPK collecting community as there is an error variation of the card from the second printing that left off the 355b on Semi Colin.  Again, the art was provided by John Pound and it’s always been one of my favorite cards not only because of the rad monster illustration, but because the designer in me really likes the balance of the pinks, reds, greens, and yellows in the painting.  They’re done well enough that the red/green combo gives no hint of a Christmas vibe whatsoever, and that’s a hard feat to achieve.

Once again, I’m also helping to organize the annual Countdown to Halloween alongside the tireless and super cool monster kid John Rozum. So if you like what I’m doing over here, you might want to head on over to the Countdown site and check out the huge list of other sites participating in this year’s spooky festivities. There’s also a like-minded sister collective called Blog-O-Ween being put together by my pal Cody, the Crooked Ninja Turtle Sensi. Be sure to check them out as well.

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The Grim GPK Halloween Countdown: Day 8

So, continuing on with the creature sub-theme in this 2013 countdown I present a sort of reverse trick-or-treator, the gruesome twosome of Michael Mutant and Zeke Freak!  These twisted siblings, cards 201a&b, hail from series 5 originally released in the fall of 1986, and as you can see below, they’ve already got a head start on this year’s Halloween costumes…

8 - Michael Mutant

These cards were again brought to life via the super talented brush of artist John Pound.  I love the subtle details in this painting, life the extra finger on the left hand.  I also love that this card if clearly pre-lawsuit the Cabbage Patch folks, as the hair is still very yarn-y, something that goes away in later sets.

Once again, I’m also helping to organize the annual Countdown to Halloween alongside the tireless and super cool monster kid John Rozum. So if you like what I’m doing over here, you might want to head on over to the Countdown site and check out the huge list of other sites participating in this year’s spooky festivities. There’s also a like-minded sister collective called Blog-O-Ween being put together by my pal Cody, the Crooked Ninja Turtle Sensi. Be sure to check them out as well.

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Halloween Ghoulish GPK Countdown: Day 7

We’re into the second week of the Countdown to Halloween and so far I’ve been having a blast checking out all the participating sites this year!  Not only that, but thanks to General Mills bringing back some long forgotten mascots, I’m on a constant sugar high due to the massive amount of monster cereal I’ve been ingesting on an almost daily basis.  I hope everyone’s season is going well.  So, coming in at number seven, today’s creature-themed Garbage Pail Kid is probably one of my very favorite cards, 79a&b from the second series, Sewer Sue and Michelle Muck!

7 - Sewer Sue

When I was originally collecting GPK, second series cards were pretty darn hard to come by.  I had a handful that I managed to get via a series of rack packs (clear plastic packs that contained two packs of 3rd series stickers and one 2nd series pack), and a couple that I scored trading with friends.  Of these, Sue and Michelle were my favorite hands down, and in my mind’s eye they came to symbolize and sum up the GPK.  Sure, most people probably think of Adam Bomb when they think of GPK, but for me it’s always been these classy gals.  I was so stoked a year or so ago when I managed to snag this Italian GPK Sgorbions card.  I’m not 100% positive, but I don’t believe these have “sister” cards.  On the monster scale, I equate these two chicks with the likes of Swamp or Man-Thing, or perhaps even the Tarman from Return of the Living Dead or poor, poor Emil the melting man from Robocop…

Once again, I’m also helping to organize the annual Countdown to Halloween alongside the tireless and super cool monster kid John Rozum. So if you like what I’m doing over here, you might want to head on over to the Countdown site and check out the huge list of other sites participating in this year’s spooky festivities. There’s also a like-minded sister collective called Blog-O-Ween being put together by my pal Cody, the Crooked Ninja Turtle Sensi. Be sure to check them out as well.

2013 Yummy Mummy 200

Garbage Pail Kids Creepy Countdown: Day 6

So, continuing with the sub-theme of creatures with this Garbage Pail Kids Halloween countdown, I have another 1st series set of sticker cards to share today, 38a&b, Slimy Sam and Lizard Liz!

6 - Slimy Sam

First off, and this is something that you really only see in the first few sets of GPK, I love the subtle airbrushed color fade in the background of the card.  Again, this painting was done by the rad John Pound and his color choices are really fun.  I love how the green pops off of the soft pink and for once it seems like the name plate and logo colors also compliment the overall image with the blue tying into the highlights on the fly dinner and the yellow echoing the bib.  Are nerdery aside, what we’re here for is monsters, and this lizard creature fits that bill to a “T”.  Though not as ugly as the lizard Starchild dream sequences from V, Liz/Sam here does remind me of that must-see TV moment from the early 80s.

Also, on a side note, I had a very interesting GPK question posed to me by the wildly talented Carsten Bradley on my instagram account.  Carsten asked, “Why did they give cards two names?”  This is one of those aspects to the series that I am so used to seeing that I never really questioned it.  So, I don’t know the official answer (anyone want to enlighten me and Carsten?), but if I had to guess I’d probably say it was to increase the sheer amount of possible stickers so that kids would have to buy more packs.  That means more gum sold for Topps (you have to remember they were in the business of selling gum) so kids could complete a set, or at least find all the a&b cards they wanted.  I’d also like to believe that it was to bolster the gender neutrality of these sticker cards so that they appealed to both boys and girls (again larger audience, larger sales.)  Sticker collecting was mainly aimed at girls in the 80s, and though the gross out and parody humor of the GPK was mainly aimed at boys, it’s sort of the perfect product to aim at both.  So, where do the “twins” come into this?  Well, in a lot of the cards, the artwork was general enough that the characters could be boys or girls.  Like Liz and Sam up there.  This way girls and boys could find stickers with their names on them without the art having to be specifically male or female every time out.  That’s probably reaching a little though…

Once again, I’m also helping to organize the annual Countdown to Halloween alongside the tireless and super cool monster kid John Rozum. So if you like what I’m doing over here, you might want to head on over to the Countdown site and check out the huge list of other sites participating in this year’s spooky festivities. There’s also a like-minded sister collective called Blog-O-Ween being put together by my pal Cody, the Crooked Ninja Turtle Sensi. Be sure to check them out as well.

2013 Franken Berry 200

Garbage Pail Kids Ghoulish Halloween Countdown: Day 5

Welcome to day five of the countdown.  Today features a Garbage Pail Kid sticker from series one printed way back in 1985.  Unfortunately, this is one of teh handful of series one cards that I don’t have both variations of, so I only have 25b, Scary Carrie to share…

5 - Scary Carrie

Again, like all of the series one stickers, this one was painted by the great John Pound and features a female riff on Frankenstein’s monster that doesn’t go to directly to referencing the Bride (which I think is pretty damn cool.)  I also love the secondary color scheme Pound chose to work with and wish someone in the layout and design department had thought to use a green name plate instead of pink.

Once again, I’m also helping to organize the annual Countdown to Halloween alongside the tireless and super cool monster kid John Rozum. So if you like what I’m doing over here, you might want to head on over to the Countdown site and check out the huge list of other sites participating in this year’s spooky festivities. There’s also a like-minded sister collective called Blog-O-Ween being put together by my pal the Cody, the Crooked Ninja Turtle Sensi. Be sure to check them out as well.

2013 Yummy Mummy 200

GPK Monster Madness: Day 4

It’s day four of the 2013 Countdown to Halloween and I’m back with my next set of monster GPK stickers. I decided to sort of group the stickers by themes, and today starts a series of creature/mutant/freaks.  For the first in this bit I decided to share my copies of these series 2 stickers printed back in 1985, stickers 71a&b, Odd Todd and Bent Ben!

4 - Bent Ben

This painting was done by my all-time favorite GPK artist, John Pound. One of the things that I love about these earlier GPK stickers is that the concepts were simple.  Later in the series, and on into the modern era so many of the stickers are a cluster of annoying and repetitive imagery (cracked heads, poop, vomit, etc.), which is fine and all, but there’s something to be said for a simple concept execute well.  The purpose of these stickers was to be a parody of Cabbage Patch Kids, and the idea of a hunchback adorable doll is hilarious in and of it’s own right.  He doesn’t need to be crapping his pants while simultaneously vomiting up five week’s worth of fish lunches.

Once again, I’m also helping to organize the annual Countdown to Halloween alongside the tireless and super cool monster kid John Rozum. So if you like what I’m doing over here, you might want to head on over to the Countdown site and check out the huge list of other sites participating in this year’s spooky festivities. There’s also a like-minded sister collective called Blog-O-Ween being put together by my pal Cody, the Crooked Ninja Turtle Sensi. Be sure to check them out as well.

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GPK Monster Madness: Day 3

It’s day three of the 2013 Countdown to Halloween and I’m back with my next set of creepy GPK stickers. I decided to sort of group the stickers by themes, so the first few of the count are all spooky non-human cards. Earlier in the week I shared some gloomy headstones and a ghoulishly gooey tree.  Today we switch gears a tad with a GPK ancient evil temple from series 6 printed at the tail end of 1986, stickers 224a&b, Monte Zuma and Pagan Megan!

3 - Monte Zuma

This painting was done by my all-time favorite GPK artist, John Pound. I wonder how many Cabbage Patch Kids were sacrificed to appease this evil deity?  Obviously I love the headdress and necklace of skulls, but there are other fun details like the eyeball belly button (creepy!) and the scale of this character (as there are normal-sized worshiper/guards at the foot of the temple…

Once again, I’m also helping to organize the annual Countdown to Halloween alongside the tireless and super cool monster kid John Rozum. So if you like what I’m doing over here, you might want to head on over to the Countdown site and check out the huge list of other sites participating in this year’s spooky festivities. There’s also a like-minded sister collective called Blog-O-Ween being put together by my pal Cody, the Crooked Ninja Turtle Sensi. Be sure to check them out as well.

2013 Yummy Mummy 200

Garbage Pail Kids Monster Madness: Day 2

It’s day two of the 2013 Countdown to Halloween and I’m back with my second creepy GPK sticker.  I decided to sort of group the stickers by themes, so the first few of the count are all spooky non-human cards.  Yesterday I shared some gloomy headstones, and today is another of my favorite cards from the later sets (series 7 from 1987 to be precise), stickers 273a&b, Haunted Forrest and Sappy Sarah!

2 - Haunted Forrest

This painting was also done by the super rad James Warhola.  If there in one thing that I would change about this card it’s the color scheme of the name plate and GPK logo.  The red, white and blue really detract from the overall creepiness of the card and it makes me wonder if those choices were thought out or were they assigned randomly?  This is also one of the times where the name plate obscures a gag in the art as you can see the dead bird (crow, owl?) at the right at the base of the tree…

Once again, I’m also helping to organize the annual Countdown to Halloween alongside the tireless and super cool monster kid John Rozum. So if you like what I’m doing over here, you might want to head on over to the Countdown site and check out the huge list of other sites participating in this year’s spooky festivities. There’s also a like-minded sister collective called Blog-O-Ween being put together by my pal Cody, the Crooked Ninja Turtle Sensi. Be sure to check them out as well.

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