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BOOK RELEASE DATE : APRIL 2012

The first official Topps Garbage Pail Kids book was released on April 1, 2012 with a $19.95 SRP tag; although, it shipped two weeks early in the month of March if ordered online and available at a discount. The 224 page book was published by Henry N. Abrams and covers the first five original GPK series sets; OS1 through OS5 (Orginal Series 1 through Original Series 5). The book is accompanied with four Bonus sticker cards of previously unpublished GPK artwork.

WALL CALENDAR RELEASE DATE : AUGUST 2013

The first official Topps Garbage Pail Kids book was released on August 6, 2013 with a $14.99 SRP tag; although, it shipped early in the month of July if ordered online and available at a discount. The 16 month calendar was published by Abrams ComicArts and covers twelve characters from the first five original GPK series sets; OS1 - OS5 (Orginal Series 1 through Original Series 5). The calendar is accompanied with four Bonus sticker cards of previously unpublished GPK artwork.








224 PAGE BOOK : HARDCOVER
4 BONUS CARDS



BOOK

Original Artwork : John Pound
Rendered Artwork : Tom Bunk



BOOK DIMENSION : 7.2 x 5.9 x 1.1 Inches
ISBN-10 (141970270X)
ISBN-13 (978-141970279)


24 PAGE CALENDAR: SOFTCOVER
4 BONUS CARDS


WALL CALENDAR


Original Artwork : John Pound
Rendered Artwork : Tom Bunk



CALENDAR DIMENSION - 7.2 x 5.9 x 1.1 Inches
ISBN-10 (141970818X)
ISBN-13 (978-1419708183)










BOOK


1 of 4 : HOLE IN JUAN


2 of 4 : TICKED-OFF TUCKER


3 of 4 BUSY BEA


4 of 4 TRIM JIM

CALENDAR



1 of 4 : FAILED PHIL


2 of 4 : GUMMY GARY


3 of 4 TROLLIN' ROLAND


4 of 4 RED RACHEL







1.
BOOK: Like the previous two Abrams Wacky Package art books, the Garbage Pail Book is also designed to look like, and feel like, a Trading Card Wax Pack from the '80s. The hardcover book has a slab of gum pictured on the front cover with the accompanied pages containing the trading card artwork; while the dust jacket acts as the wrapper. The card artwork on page measures roughly 4.0 x 5.5 inches (as opposed to the released 2.5 x 3.5 inches card size), slightly smaller than the original 5 x 7 final artwork.

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. BOOK: Since an artbook catered to adults is considered a far different art medium than
trading cards marketed towards children, Topps can take the liberty of including bonus material with the book as Promotional Use (not for resale). This material can be far edgier than a regular card release, with themes and content potentially not suitable for a younger audience (two gun themes, and two sharp instruments).
The Abrams Wacky Packages art books (and calendar) contained similar adult topics such as alcohol and cigarettes not found in recent releases.


3. BOOK: The artwork images present in the book are reproduced from Transparencies of the original art; less than nine images are from digital files that were touched-up (remastered). The only nostalgic feeling the artwork is missing are the die-lines for the peel away sticker
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4.
CALENDAR: As opposed to the Abrams book, the calendar contains only 12 Character Images; three images from OS1, two images from OS2, two images from OS3, three images from OS4 and one image from OS5. However, there is one image for December that comes from OS7, a set NOT covered in the first Abrams book.


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CALENDAR: Since a wall calendar is considered a far different art medium than trading cards marketed towards children, Topps can take the liberty of including bonus material with the book as Promotional Use (not for resale). This material can be far edgier than a regular card release, with themes and content potentially not suitable for a younger audience (two gun themes, and two sharp instruments). The Abrams Wacky Packages art books (and calendar) contained similar adult topics such as alcohol and cigarettes not found in recent releases.


6. CALENDAR: The artwork for card 1 of 4 Failed PHIL, intended for the unpublished OS16 set in 1988 had the Hand Guns Removed for this release.


7.
CALENDAR: The wall calendar contains the Largest Rendered Wrapper artwork (by Tom Bunk). The calendar also portrays the old die-cut image behind the calendar dates for roughly half of the calendar.







ANNOTATED NAMES

Explanatory Notations and Definitions
of the GPK Names


1 of 4
HOLE IN JUAN = Hole in one.
def'n: Hole in one - (in sports; golf) A shot from the tee that finishes in the hole. (slang) The entrance (gunshot) wound on the body.
def'n: Hole - (in sports) One of the divisions of a golf course, from tee to cup. A hollowed place in something solid; a cavity or pit. An opening or perforation.
(unpublished)
LOUIE KABLOOEY - Rhyme; the name Louie with the word kablooey.
def'n: Kablooey - Used to convey that something has happened in an abrupt way. Destroyed or ruined.
2 of 4
TICKED-OFF TUCKER - Tucker; T name to go with the words 'ticked-off'.
def'n: Tick Off - informal. To annoy; make angry.
def'n: Tick - The quick, light, dry sound made by a clock or watch.
(unpublished)
QUITTIN' TIME QUINN - Quinn; Q name to go with the words "quitting time".
def'n: Quit - To stop, cease, or discontinue: quit work at five. To stop working.
def'n: Time - A part of time. Some point in time; particular point in time: what time is it?
 
3 of 4
BUSY BEA = Busy bee (As in the saying "As busy as a bee").
def'n: Busy - Having plenty to do; working. Make busy; keep busy: the bees busied themselves at making honey.
def'n: Bee - Insect with four wings that produces wax to make honeycombs and gathers nectar and pollen to make honey.
(unpublished)
HANDY MANDY - Rhyme: Then name Mandy with the word handy.
def'n: Handy - To be useful or helpful. Skilled with the hands; dexterous.
 
4 of 4
TRIM JIM - Rhyme: The name Jim with the word trim.
def'n: Trim - Make neat by cutting away parts. To remove (parts that are not needed or not neat).
(unpublished)
GROOMIN' TRUMAN - Rhyme: The name Truman with the word groom(ing).
def'n: Groom - To take care of the appearance of; make neat and tidy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




1 of 4
FAILED PHIL - Phil; F-sounding name to go with the word fail(+ed).
def'n: Fail - A grade that is not high enough to pass an examination or test.
2 of 4
GUMMY GARY - Gary; G name to go with the word "gummy".
def'n: Gummy - Viscous; sticky. Covered with or exuding a viscous substance.
def'n: Viscous - Having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid; having a high viscosity.
def'n: Gum - A viscous secretion of some trees and shrubs that hardens on drying but is soluble in water, and from which adhesives and other products are made from.
def'n: Chewing gum - Flavored gum for chewing; chewing gum, bubblegum.
(unpublished)
BUBBLE BRETT = Bubble butt.
def'n: Bubble butt - slang. A nicely rounded behind.
def'n: Bubblegum - Chewing gum that can be blown into bubbles.
def'n: Bubble - A thin sphere of liquid (or other substance) enclosing air or another gas.
 
3 of 4
TROLLIN' ROLAND - Rhyme: The name Roland with the word troll(+ing).
def'n: Trolling - To search for something.
def'n: Troll - 1.A mythical, cave-dwelling being depicted in folklore as either a giant or a dwarf, typically having a very ugly appearance.
 
4 of 4
RED RACHEL - Rachel: R name to go with the word red.
def'n: Red - Red color or pigment: "the reds and browns of wood". Any of various colors resembling the color of blood.
def'n: Seeing red - The psychological state of being irritated or angered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







1.
BOOK: The original card release for 1st series 9a Boozin' BRUCE and 9b Drunk KEN had the Artwork mistakingly Reversed; the baby bottle reads 'LO TOR TUG. The image has been faithfully restored to its original position for the Abrams book, where the baby bottle now correctly reads OL' ROT GUT.



2. BOOK: The French LES CRADOS (GPK) Book was released October of 2012, close to the time that the U.S. BNS1 set was released, published by Huggin Muninn Editions, for 20 Euro. The hardcover book is almost exactly the same size as its American counterpart; it includes Les Crados sets 1 and 2, covering the U.S. OS1 - OS5 cards only ... perhaps if another U.S. Abrams book is released covering OS6 - OS10, another Les Crados book will be released as well. The French edition is not designed to look like a card pack, therefor, there is no dust jacket on the book, and the release does not include any bonus cards. However, the book clocks in with over 224 pages, and includes a section in the back with eighteen images from the U.S. OS1 - OS5 sets that were not included in the Les Crados sets; although, the image for 176a Condo MINNIE and 176b BILL Ding is missing with page 218 resulting in a blank page. There are also additional Les Crados images at the end of the book along with a Les Crados En France story.


NOTE: FRONT AND BACK COVER IMAGES

3. BOOK: The publication covers All Images from the 1st Series GPK set through the 5th Series GPK set from the 1985 through the 1986 release period
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4.
CALENDAR: The Original Image for Failed PHIL shows four pistol images in the artwork; the gun imagery was removed for the final printed product; this piece was created by Tom Bunk for the original series 16 set that was unreleased in the 80's and did not make the set due to the firearms.



5.
CALENDAR: The Brand New Series 1 'Little Red Ridinghood' parody created by Mark Pingitore was cut from the set; another similar concept by Brent Engstrom was submitted for the Brand New Series 2 set that unfortunately did not make the set.


6.
CALENDAR: The calendar release covers Various Images from the 1st Series GPK through the 7th Series GPK set from the 1985 through the 1986 release period.







THE ARTIST RECOGNITION EDITION



#
NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST / WRITER
BACK
ORIGINAL SERIES
AND CARD NUMBER
1 of 4
Hole In JUAN
John Pound
Tom Bunk - Rendered Artwork
OS10 - 408a(&b) - unpublished
2 of 4
Ticked-Off TUCKER
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk - Rendered Artwork
OS16 - 641a(&b) - unpublished
3 of 4
Busy BEA
James Warhola
Tom Bunk - Rendered Artwork
OS16 - 645a(&b) - unpublished
4 of 4
Trim JIM
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk - Rendered Artwork
OS16 - 658a(&b) - unpublished

4 Total Cards = 4 Bonus Sticker Cards


#
NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST / WRITER
BACK
ORIGINAL SERIES
AND CARD NUMBER
1 of 4
Failed PHIL
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk - Rendered Artwork
OS16 - unpublished
2 of 4
Gummy GARY
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk - Rendered Artwork
ANS1 & BNS1 (B7a) - unpublished
3 of 4
Trollin' ROLAND
Mark Nelson
Tom Bunk - Rendered Artwork
Magnet Set - unpublished
4 of 4
Red RACHEL
James Warhola
Tom Bunk - Rendered Artwork
BNS1 - unpublished

4 Total Cards = 4 Bonus Sticker Cards