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Garbage Pail Kids (Topps) [Hardcover]

The Topps Company
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1 April 2012 Topps
Garbage Pail kids, a series of stickers produced by Topps in 1985 were designed to parody overly saccharine Cabbage Patch Kids. Each sticker card features a Garbage Pail Kid character depicted in a grotesque and biting image, christened with a humourous character name involving wordplay. The series was the creation of Pulizer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, who in collaboration with other successful artists, turned the cads into a pop-culture phenomenon. Garbage Pail Kids will feature all 206 rare and hard-to-find stickers from Series 1 through 5, originally release in 1985 and 1 986 and contains an introduction by Spiegelman. Garbage Pail Kids includes a limited edition set of four rare and unreleased stickers, is packaged in a wax-coated jacket and is guaranteed to appeal to die-hard collectors as well as a new generation of fans.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141970270X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419702709
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 14.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Topps Company, Inc. founded in 938, is an international company best known for producing trading cards and stickers. Art Spiegelman is an American comics writer, artist and editor.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I can still taste the bubblegum 4 April 2012
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Looking through this book digs out so many buried memories. Good memories, great memories, memories that may have otherwise never made their way through all the stuff that's come in the 26 years lodged in-between. Many of the cards take me back to a specific moment in time. It's a sensational feeling. Garbage Pail Kids were already cool as **** before the teachers banned them from my school. Then when they did start getting confiscated, well, all bets were off. It's as if the uppity teachers were on Topps' payroll. They knew what would happen if we were told Run Down Rhoda, Disgustin' Justin and Dead Ted were deemed unsuitable for minors. Aren't adults just the worst kind of idiots?

Gross, morbid, politically incorrect and a bad influence - GPK was a young boy's dream collectable. It's all probably tame by today's internet-savvy standards, but this immaculately presented collection of the first five series serves as a major nostalgia binge for those of us who were there. There's nothing wrong with the production values of the book, from the fanservice in the wax paper for the dust jacket to the perfect reproduction of the original images. There's an introduction and afterword from two of the main talents behind the series. The inside cover includes the certificates that came on the back of the stickers. I'd forgotten about these and how they're one of the best bits. The Permit Not To Do Homework... The Cheaters Licence... teacher-baiting brilliance! Therefore, it's a shame these aren't given upscaled reprints of their own, but that's about it as far as negatives go. The internet (that pest again!) and various fansites may mean this isn't all as fresh as it could be to some, but you can't argue with the quality on offer.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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The 1980s were a great time for ephemera. From toys like Transformers and My Little Pony, funny shaped scented erasers and pop music. Garbage Pail Kids slotted neatly into the melee and added a touch of sedition. These disgusting, frequently witty and satirical cards took pot shots at both 'family values' and cultural mores. The genius of the things were that Topps quickly latched onto the fact that children, and especially boys, quite like horrible things. Even moreso if its something that causes parents and teachers to recoil. Such was the reaction from grown ups that these little grotesques were frequently banned from primary schools up and down the land. This in turn lead to press coverage about the 'moral decay' these gum cards represented, a ridiculous accusation and one adults frequently level at art forms they don't 'get' or understand. Things like this also represent a convenient scapegoat for various campaigning groups who'd rather point the finger than engage in any meaningful debate on why problems exist in soceity. Needless to say, such negative publicity and the continued bans leant Garbage Pail Kids an element of danger that they wouldn't have otherwise have had and they quickly became a runaway success and ran for 15 series between 1985 and 1989. The fire was flamed when certain Hollywood types took offence at cards named after them (hello Woody Allen). The other smart move that ensured a high degree of collectablitiy and swapping was by giving each design two names and splitting them as 'a' & 'b' cards. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars childhood dreams revisited 18 Sep 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Toilet book 9 Aug 2012
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I'd been trying to find the stickers online for a while without any real luck, so when this book was released I jumped at it. It doesn't disappointing. A quality little book and the artwork is even better than I remember. It now takes pride of place in the smallest room in the house.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgore! 31 Mar 2012
By Semmoz
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If ,like me, you used to collect Garbage Pail Kids stickers in the 1980's then you need this book. It opens and closes with the story of how these gruesome stickers (and gum) came to be and the artists inspirations. The main part of the books 223 pages are slightly larger pictures of the Garbage Pail Kids stickers themselves, series 1-5, in order, 1 per page and with their names/alternate names(a and b).
Also within the book you get 4 promotional Garbage Pail Kids stickers from the unpublished series 16 from 1989 (which are in the same style as the previous series' and are brilliant pieces).
Although you can still buy the original Garbage Pail Kids stickers from certain online retailers it is nice (and cheaper) to have a hardback book featuring, in my opinion, the best of the bunch. If you are a fan of nostalgia and have a strong stomach then you will not be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the collection... 13 July 2012
I recommend this book on three reasons, the first being the wonderful input from those who were involved in the conception of the phenomenon and one of the main artists of the works. To hear about how the cards were born out of other card series and the brainstorming required to get this off the ground was an eye opener too.
The second great thing about this book is as a collector and a father I find my children curious about my collection but not of an age to understand 'look but don't touch'. This book allows them to see a larger scale image of the very same designs of my cards and can hold the book as much as they like!
The final thing which was a nice added touch were 4new cards to add to the collection, an exclusive to the book and well worth getting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book.
A nicely designed book featuring all the original artwork from the 80s GPK cards/stickers. Brought back some good memories of collecting these as a kid in the 80s. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gavin Millard
5.0 out of 5 stars GPK Forever!
If you loved Garbage Pail Kids when you were younger and want a blast of nostalgia - get this. Basically on each page is a full size copy of a GPK, with a few interesting articles... Read more
Published 3 months ago by BZA
4.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia burst
this took me straight back to summer holidays in portrush in the 1980s

comes with some original stickers currently decorating number one son's bedroom and scooter.
Published 5 months ago by Jp Hassay
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Very good book. Nice little touches suck ax wax paper for cover just like you got when you bought a pack. Nice glossy pictures. Overall an excellent product for the price. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gpk
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I was really happy to find this book. I LOVED the Garbage Pail kids as a child. And now I can share it with my daughter. She Loves them too.
Published 7 months ago by Miss Natalie Oxford
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School
This book took me back 25 years or so, back to my school days.
I remember spending all of my money on these trading cards and my pockets not being big enough to keep the big... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Miailhes1976
4.0 out of 5 stars Are you an 80's kid and collected GPK - then buy this!
This book falls short in a few ways but overall it is a definate buy if you were a kid in the 80's and collected these stickers. Read more
Published 10 months ago by pcxp
5.0 out of 5 stars must-have for GPK fans
lovely book, and it includes a bonus! it's also nice to see the cards at this size. buy it will you can.
Published 10 months ago by Jeroen Schellekens
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Find!
I bought this as a gift for my brother (who is in his 30's) because he used to collect them as a child and we used to giggle over the pictures so this book with them all in there... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Louise T
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Absolutely loved browsing through this book. Shows every card in the series larger than actual size so you can really enjoy studying those brilliant illustrations! Read more
Published 13 months ago by empem
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