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Garbage Pail Kids (Topps) Hardcover – April 1, 2012
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
I highly recommend this for anyone who was a kid in the mid-80s and may feel nostalgic for that time, or a collector who may want to use it as a reference guide. I bought a few of these to give as gifts, and one (1) for myself. It’s very cleverly put together and a GREAT value at $14.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Garbage Pail Kids
The "Garbage Pail Kids" were just a memory in my mind, and my surprise was to find them in AMAZON, as a child was one of my greatest... Read more
Cannot beat it for the price. Excellent large reproductions of the original 1-5 series. A nice little book.Published 3 months ago by David Simmons
Not what I anticipated. Not much of a back story to the cards, just a quick introduction. The art is interesting (well, grotesque), but the story of the cards is what I was hoping... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steve Glass
I'm criying, I love this book, this looks like a PART 1 of a series of books from GPK, excellent design, and attention to detail in almost every aspect, I'm waiting for a ANS GPK... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Juan Rodríguez
Totally worth the price for anyone who Loves(d) The Garbage Pail Kids, especially for those of us who were there at the beginning of it all! Takes you back! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jmroark80
a great book for the garbage pail kid completist. lots of glossy pics of the best collector cards ever!Published 12 months ago by mitchmang
I used to have GPK cards in the 80s and this book brought back some fun memories. I have it in my kids bookshelf and they love it! Read morePublished 12 months ago by G. Sanchez
If you love GPKs, this book is invaluable.
There is a great forward by Art Spiegelman about the creation of the cards, and an afterward from primary artist John Pound about... Read more