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The Topps Company, Inc., founded in 1938, is the preeminent creator and brand marketer of sports cards, entertainment products, and distinctive confectionery. Art Spiegelman is an American comics writer, artist, and editor best known for his Pulitzer Prize–winning graphic novel memoir, Maus.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141970270X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419702709
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Pound began his art career by drawing underground comics, and helped start the San Diego Comic-Con.
He has painted art prints, book covers, comic covers, posters, skateboards, trading cards, and hundreds of Topps Garbage Pail Kids stickers. He has also painted Wacky Packages, Meanie Babies, and Silly CDs stickers and trading cards.
His artwork has been published in BLAB, MAD, and Juxtapoz magazines, and in books including American Illustration, Garbage Pail Kids (Abrams), Mars Attacks (Abrams), and Morning Wood (Gingko Press).
For his experimental art projects, he writes code that draws instant random art books, posters, and animations.
He lives and works in Northern California.
Website: www.poundart.com
Blog: www.codecartooning.tumblr.com

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Peebee on March 29, 2012
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I'm not really sure where the reviewer was coming from who said "Overall, there just doesn't appear to have been that much work put into the book as there should have been. There's no feeling that it was done as a labor of love, so much as just an excuse to grab more cash from fans..."

After receiving this book I feel the complete and absolute opposite. The attention to details and the little knowing touches are what makes this book really stand out in my opinion.

The book was actually much smaller than I had imagined, which I think is a great thing. It fits neatly in your hands and feels just right - not like one of these huge staggering books that makes your arms ache whilst flipping through.

The first thing that make me smile was the dust cover for the book. It's made out of a similar waxy paper that the cards came in back in the 80s. Very nice touch and a clever piece of design. If you take off the dust cover there's a beautifull minimalist photograph of the iconic gum stick on the front and a snapped picture of it on the back. Once again, really creative, clever and appropriate design.

Once in the superb design doesn't let up. The title page is a peeled sticker, the contents page is designed like the iconic yellow check-lists on the back of the cards etc.. etc.. real big-up to the graphic designers who worked on this. They clearly know what it's all about.

The Art Spielgman introduction is Brilliant and goes into how all of this got started with some exclusive inspirational artwork. Nice afterword too - some great info.

As for the book itself from here on in it's a no-nonsense page by page GPK run-down of the first 5 series. The print quality is high and each card has it's own page with the alternative names featured just below.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By カタリン on January 31, 2013
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this book is a thing of beauty. A gorgeous little art book. However, there is so much it is lacking. When I collected GPK as a child in the 80s, I loved the backs as much as the fronts. I'd love to read all of those backing card again. This book only features the card fronts, none of the backs. Also, there are a total of 7 pages of reading material in this. There is so much more to say about GPK. I know many things myself that were not included in the short notes. The 7 pages that are there are nicely written and entertaining, but again, only 7 pages. The reproductions of the cards are beautiful. The book design is great. If you just want to look at all of the beautiful paintings from the front of the first 5 series of these cards, this book is for you. If you want anything more, you will be disappointed.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By c5 on March 17, 2012
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This is a book I've wished for for years. I loved Garbage Pail Kids when I was young, and I've often thought that it would be nice to have them collected in a book--especially the hard-to-find first series. This book includes the first five series, with one card per page. The images are a little larger than the original stickers. As familiar as the Garbage Pail Kids are to me, I found myself noticing a few details that I hadn't noticed before while looking through this book.

The book's design is great, the written parts provide some interesting history, and the printing and paper quality seem high. I hope they follow this up with a second volume.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Walter on May 15, 2012
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I've been waiting for a book like this to come out for quite a while. As a big fan of GPK, I was glad to see a hardcover book released with beautiful color scans of the original cards. My only gripe is that I'd like to have seen the backs of the cards as well, and a more detailed history of the card's success over the years. I would have liked to have read more about the feature film and the cartoon series as well. Still, it's GPK so it's a must own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Danny on April 23, 2012
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If you were a kid or teen in the 1980s, chances are you remember the Garbage Pail Kids trading cards. This is a very well put together book that reprints the first 5 series.
I really like it!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ThreeEightFour on June 20, 2012
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The book's cover is wax-like as in the waxy packaging the cards once came in. Under the jacket, is a hardcover with a piece of gum on the cover. I've read some of the negative reviews... the editorial in this book is limited, but it's primarily meant to view the cards. You'll get a pretty good sized sticker card on each page with the secondary name mentioned at the bottom. Keep in mind I also own the oversized cards, and the book's detail is definitely enough... the book is not that big... and I'm assuming people wanted a huge coffee book, which this is not.

Great stuff! I'll buy the next book, so let's hope they make a second volume for the remaining series.

Oh yeah! And... the book includes unreleased stickers in the back in plastic. Awesome!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brent R. on May 18, 2012
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My parents would not let me buy Garbage Pail Kids stickers when I was growing up. Consequently, I was fascinated by them. Anything my parents didn't want me to have - GPK, Big League Chew, Stephen King books - must've been really amazing. I saw this book featured on TV last week and knew I had to have it, if for no other reason than to gratify the child-of-the-80s in me who lusted after these sticker cards from afar.

Garbage Pail Kids was a spoof of the Cabbage Patch kids produced by Topps, and created by Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Holocaust graphic novel, Maus. They were irreverent, creative, and really, really gross. Now, Abrams ComicArts and Spiegelman have released a hardcover book showcasing the first five of the 15 series produced by Topps. Each card, 206 in all, is given its own page, scanned from the original art, nice and big to give you a better glimpse than you've ever had of these truly beautifully disgusting kids. A very nice, informative introduction by Spiegelman and an afterword by artist John Pound round out the book.

It's a very nicely-produced book, with many very clever touches. The dust jacket is made from the same waxy material the card packs were originally wrapped in. The actual boards feature a minimalistic photo of the chalk-like gum stick that came in every pack. Four rare, never-before-released cards are included, as well.

I have only two complaints. One is that the card backs are not included, apparently not considered to be of the same artistic merit as the card faces. I tend to think they were an equally important part of what made GPK great, so they are missed. My other complaint is that the book features only the first 5 series - 1/3 of the total art produced.
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