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One of my favorite Wacky Packages

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That’s some droll shit. Look at the noodles!

My Amazon order arrived!

Just moments ago I opened a much anticipated package from Amazon. What does it say about me that I am excited equally about:

Susan Sontag‘s Reborn: Journals and Notebooks 1947-1963:
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And the Wacky Packages book:

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I think it means I’m solidly middlebrow.

But, did you notice the Wacky Package book has an introduction by cartoonist/graphic novelist Art Speigelman? He’s a Pulitzer Prize winner! Did you know Mr. Spiegelman and Zippy The Pinhead creator Bill Griffith used to draw these Wacky Packages cards for the Topps Company? (Hey, remember the day Bill left a comment on the blog?)

Which book would you rather peruse? Anyone for both?

Let’s vote: Wacky Packages or Garbage Pail Kids?

I thought the Wacky Packages sticker series was so droll when I was a child growing up in the 1970s. Remember these?

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But then, even at a young age I was a fan of satire. In the third grade I wrote a very clever play about my classmates that my teacher had me read aloud. I switched my fellow pupils’ names to be jokey. Eric St. Alman became Eric St. Pecan and so on. (The wit! Surely I would be a future “Shouts and Murmurs” contributor!)

Later, in the mid- 1980s, came the Garbage Pail Kids, which I did not find as amusing. They seemed to lack the comedic sophistication, if you will, of Wacky Packages.

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But let’s not be snobbish. We’ll leave it to a vote: Wacky Packages or Garbage Pail Kids?

Interestingly, both card lines were created by some very big names in comic books including Bill Griffith (Zippy The Pinhead) and Art Spiegelman (Maus).

UPDATE: Freaking Bill Griffith left a comment! See for yourself!

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