Book Review “Garbage Pail Kids”

Author: The Topps Company
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Abrams ComicArts
Release Date: April 1, 2012

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

I grew up like most kids in the 80’s collecting these amazing trading cards.  Actually, I should say secretly collecting, since I wasn’t allowed to have them during my pre-teen days.  This book is a great collection of these collectible stickers produced by Topps in the 1980s.  It is a must purchase for anyone that was a collector of these cards. The book overall is so amazing and brings back such amazing memories of growing up.  To make it even better the wax-paper dust jacket and the illustration of the shattered stick of gum on the back cover easily makes this book a must have.

This book includes artwork from avant-garde cartoonists and humorists including Art Spiegelman, Mark Newgarden, John Pound, Tom Bunk, and Jay Lynch.  For the first time ever in one place, all 206 rare and hard-to-find images from Series 1 through 5  are included in this collection.  The images are so crisp and colors are well presented.  Also included is a physical set of four limited-edition, previously unreleased bonus stickers. If you are a fan of this book reach out to Abrams and let them know we want more. It is absolutely amazing that fans continues to embrace this pop-culture phenomenon, in fact Garbage Pail Kids stickers are still being published today.

Garbage Pail Kids do not seem to be going anyway in the future.  According to Deadline, Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company is set to finance and produce the development of a new Garbage Pail Kids movie.  Also I need to give some respect to the Art Spiegelman for kicking off this amazing book with an even better introduction and  John Pound is responsible for closing this book with a proper afterword.  If you are reading this Abrams ComicsArts, we want MORE volumes!!

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