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Garbage Pail Kids is a series of humorous trading cards produced by the Topps Company, originally released in 1985 and designed to parody the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls created by Xavier Roberts, which were immensely popular at the time. Each sticker card featured a Garbage Pail Kid character, with some comical abnormality or suffering some terrible fate, and a humorous, wordplay-rich character name. Two (and occasionally three) versions of each card were produced, with variations featuring the same artwork but different character names. Fifteen regular series were released in the United States, with variation sets released in other countries. Two large format card editions were also released, as well as a set of posters. Various trading cards A trading card (or collectible card) is a small card which is intended for trading and collecting. ... Some Topps Baseball cards from 1977 The Topps Company, Inc. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... USPS stamp depicting the Cabbage Patch Kids craze of the 1980s. ... Xavier Roberts (born 1955, Cleveland, Georgia), the inventor and maker of Cabbage Patch Kids is an American artist and businessman. ... Word play is a literary technique in which the nature of the words used themselves become part of the subject of the work. ...



The series was the brainchild of Topps consultant and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, who came up with the product idea after the success of his earlier creations, Garbage Candy and Wacky Packages. The concept originally began as an unreleased Wacky Packages title, but the management at Topps thought that it would be a good idea for a separate spin-off series. Spiegelman and Mark Newgarden worked together as the editors and art directors of the project, Len Brown was the manager, and the first run of the cards was drawn exclusively by artist John Pound. Following the initial success of the cards, several additional artists and writers were brought in to contribute to the series, including Jay Lynch, Tom Bunk and James Warhola, among others. The Pulitzer Prize is an American award regarded as the highest national honor in print journalism, literary achievements, and musical composition. ... Art Spiegelman (born February 15, 1948) is an American comics artist, editor and advocate for the medium of comics, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic memoir, Maus. ... Wacky Packages were a series of non-sports trading cards produced by the Topps company between 1967 and 1992. ... Mark Newgarden is an American underground cartoonist. ... Jay Lynch, born January 7, 1945 in Orange, New Jersey, is an American cartoonist who played a key role in the underground comix movement with his Bijou Funnies and other titles. ... Tom Bunk is a cartoonist known for adding multiple extraneous details in his art. ... James Warhola (born March 16, 1955) is an artist and illustrator living in upstate New York. ...

The Garbage Pail Kids Movie
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

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Commercial success

The commercial success of the trading cards led to the production of a live-action movie, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, in 1987; however, the film was both a critical and commercial failure. An animated television series was also created, but never broadcast in the US due to parental complaints (although it was briefly aired in Europe). Oddly enough the complaints weren't because of the content but because parents felt the series was merely a commercial for the cards. The movie was released on DVD by MGM Home Entertainment on July 12, 2005 (the VHS had been distributed by Paramount), and the cartoon series was later also released on DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment on April 4, 2006. Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Garbage Pail Kids is an American animated television series which was produced in 1987 and 1988, based on the popular Garbage Pail Kids bubble gum cards, produced and directed by Bob Hathcock and written and developed by Flint Dille. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Look up Paramount on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Paramount can refer to: Paramount, California, a city in Los Angeles County Paramount Pictures, a motion picture company Paramount Records, a record label United Paramount Network (UPN), a television network in the United States, owned by Viacom Inc. ... Paramount Home Entertainment (formerly Paramount Home Video) is a home video company founded in 1981. ...

Trademark infringement lawsuit

During the height of the Garbage Pail Kids' popularity, Topps was sued by the makers of Cabbage Patch Kids for trademark infringement. As part of the out-of-court settlement, Topps agreed to modify the appearance of the Garbage Pail Kids to remove the resemblance between the characters. Production of the cards themselves continued; however, by 1988, sales had dwindled and a planned 16th series never saw production. A trademark or trade mark[1] is a distinctive sign of some kind which is used by an individual, business organization or other legal entity to uniquely identify the source of its products and/or services to consumers, and to distinguish its products or services from those of other entities. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

All new series

In 2003, Topps reintroduced Garbage Pail Kids with all-new cards, dubbed the All New Series (ANS). The first series of new cards featured unique ID numbers on the back of first silver- and later gold-foil insert cards that can be redeemed online at the official Garbage Pail Kids website, where visitors can build and 'gross out' their own Garbage Pail Kids; the more unique ID numbers applied to the characters, the more gross they can become. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

The All New Series of cards differs from the original series in a number of ways, the most obvious being the upgraded quality of the cardstock used, and a more glossy surface to the stickers. The ANS also changed the format with which the cards are numbered. The original series of cards used a continuous numbering pattern, so that each new set would pick up where the last set ended (e.g. series 1 ended at 41a and 41b, and series 2 picked up at 42a and 42b); the ANS resets the numbering back to 1 with each subsequent series. The ANS also featured special card inserts like foil reprint cards, Scratch and Sniff cards, collectable card game cards, temporary tattoos,Pop up cards, Bonus cards, Alphabet cards, activiy cards and magnets, along with featured special bonus cards available on at participating retailers in either 10-pack Bonus Boxes or 3-pack rack-packs; these bonus stickers were the first GPK cards that didn't have a twin card. Collectible card games (CCGs), also called customizable card games or trading card games, are played using specially designed sets of cards. ... Leopard on shoulder A tattoo is a mark made by inserting pigment into the skin: in technical terms, tattooing is micro-pigment implantation. ...


In 2005, Topps celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Garbage Pail Kids franchise with special 'Sketch Card' original art inserts in its ANS 4 set. These were limited to one inserted randomly per every hobby box (sold to specialty retailers), and featured original art by series regulars John Pound, Tom Bunk, and Jay Lynch, as well as Strephon Taylor, John Czop, Don Perlin, and Justin Green. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Some Topps Baseball cards from 1977 The Topps Company, Inc. ... Tom Bunk is a cartoonist known for adding multiple extraneous details in his art. ... Jay Lynch, born January 7, 1945 in Orange, New Jersey, is an American cartoonist who played a key role in the underground comix movement with his Bijou Funnies and other titles. ... Don Perlin is a comic artist whose work has included The Defenders and G.I. Joe for Marvel. ... Justin Considine Green (born 1945) is an American cartoonist who pioneered autobiographical comics. ...

As of 2007, Topps has released six All New Series. 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...

External links

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