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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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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 treasures, which I am happy to have a piece of my past, in my hands. THANK YOU.
Recommended for all fan RETRO definitely a very special collection "jewel".
You also get some free GPK cards with the book as noted in other reviews.
If you're an 80's kid, this is essential.
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. Each card is given space to breath and shine on it's own and it feels very much like flicking through a deck. My one fear was that the cards would all be crammed onto pages with text everywhere, making it a bit of a headache to take in - this is not the case at all.
The final (and for me -most wonderfull) surprise was that tucked at the back of the book are 4 never released before GPK stickers! And more than that.. they're really good ones too (a couple of them are super dark). Pretty much the perfect touch on a brilliant book which knows itself inside out and which I couldn't recommend highly enough to fans and non-fans of GPK alike.
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. These complaints are enough to knock off a half-star, but I've given a 5-star rating out of respect for Spiegelman and in the hopes that a positive reaction from the masses is enough to compel Topps and Abrams to release additional volumes. I would love to eventually have the full set on my shelf. Then I can finally thumb my nose at my parents and my inner child will sleep soundly for the first time.
There is a great forward by Art Spiegelman about the creation of the cards, and an afterward from primary artist John Pound about creating the paintings. We love going through and looking at each crisp painting. These are slightly larger than the cards were, so you're getting a better look at the detail.
I also have the Topps Mars Attacks book, which features little notes and trivia on each page about the history of the illustration, this GPK book does not have those on each page. But still great.