- Hardcover: 237 pages
- Publisher: Abrams; 01 edition (29 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 081099531X
- ISBN-13: 978-0810995314
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.5 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wacky Packages Hardcover – 29 Sep 2008
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About the Author
The Topps Company, Inc., founded in 1938, is 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. Art Spiegelman is an American comics artist and editor, best known for his Pulitzer Prizewinning comics memoir, "Maus." "
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Art Spiegelman in his intro gives a little background to the origins of the idea and I was interested to learn that artist Norm Saunders painted some of the packs, I had always associated him with the over-the-top lurid covers for the pulp men's adventure magazine market of the fifties and sixties. Spiegelman also mentions his affection for Mad magazine and long before he actually worked at Topps Mad had a stab at their own colour product parodies. In their 1959 More Trash reprint a handsome sheet of life-size labels printed on gummed paper was the bonus. Produced to a slightly different criteria than the Topps packs who, after all, had to produce a regular flow of artwork over a short period, the 223 illustrations in the book were issued from 1973 and '74.
Looking through the pages it's amazing to think that they are all well-known national brands firmly fixed in everybody's mind because of advertising. I wonder if any brand ever complained to Topps, probably not but we're hardly likely to find out. Missing from the book, I thought, is some trivia about the series, what was the average print run, are there any rarities and why, were any products turned down for whatever reason or packs printed but junked.Read more ›
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Later in life, I had the occasion to stumble across the two-volume comic-style book about the Holocaust, "Maus" by Art Spiegelman, and later, some of his other, more twisted work, RAW Magazine. I developed a liking for this author-artist, and his work. When I learned that Art Spiegelman was one of the creative forces behind Wacky Packages, I was floored. How could I have known? I was a fan of his even before I knew it! Of course, I had no choice but to snap up the books-both volumes- as soon as possible! Anytime a pleasant memory from childhood pays an unexpected visit, you have to do something! And this one automatically came with references! Any of you who were kids in the 1970's and had a passing acquaintance with Wacky Packages gets it. Now's your chance to go back and see it all over again!