1ST SERIES

GARBAGE PAIL KIDS





~ Series Introduction ~
~ Product Overview ~
~ Artwork Images - Card Fronts ~
~ Artwork Images - Card Backs ~

~ Fun Facts & Tid-bits ~
~ GPK 101 : Annotated Names ~
~ GIANT 1st Series ~
~ GPK History Section ~
~ Comprehensive Checklist ~



SERIES INTRODUCTION

RELEASE DATE : JUNE 1985

     The 1st Series Garbage Pail Kids (a/k/a OS1 GPK; "Original Series") were released by Topps to a slow response from the public. A test release was sold around the New York area with little interest - slowly, mainly by word-of-mouth, the packs began to sell. The first wrapper version contains the "25¢" logo on the pack - this is the suggested retail price (SRP) for a wax pack of 5 stickers and a slab of gum. The second wrapper version does not contain the "25¢" logo on the pack; the hobby store owner could then choose and apply their own price. Both box versions of 1st series through 15th series of GPK, can be found with or without a 10x14 advertisement poster that the retailer could display in their window. The 1st through 15th series also has a seller ad sheet used by wholesalers to solicit orders from their retailers. The 1st series box is the only series so far that can be found with a box dealer insert ad (that is GPK related). The cards in both versions of the 1st series GPK are the same except a gloss or matte finish back can be found as well as an asterisk (*) or two asterisks (**).



PRODUCT OVERVIEW


88 CARD SET
- 82 Cards + 6 Variations
Card Variations : 5a, 5b, 8a, 8b, 29a, 29b


PINK BOX (1-494-40-01-5) - 1 Variation
(Box Artwork : John Pound)


PINK WAX WRAPPER - 2 Variations
(BELOW)
(The 1st - 15th Original Series and 1st - 7th All-New Series "WRAPPER & BOX CHART")

WRAPPER (0-494-21-01-5) - With "25¢" Logo
(Rendered Artwork : Tom Bunk)


WRAPPER (0-494-21-02-5) - Without "25¢" Logo
(Rendered Artwork : Tom Bunk)


RETAIL ADVERTISEMENT POSTER (4-494-08-01-5)(10" x 14")
(Poster Artwork : John Pound)

DEALER BOX INSERT (# 494)(5" x 7")
(Insert Artwork : John Pound; Card Back Artwork : Tom Bunk)

WHOLESALER SELL SHEET (# 494)(8" x 11")
(Sheet Artwork : John Pound; Card Back Artwork : Tom Bunk)


BULK CANDY and GUM SELL SHEET - Line-Up Of Stars : Red (# 490)(8" x 11")


BULK CANDY and GUM SELL SHEET - Line-Up Of Stars : Green (# 490)(8" x 11")


BULK CANDY and GUM SELL SHEET - Line-Up Of Stars : Blue (# 490)(8" x 11")


STICKER ALBUM - Imperial Toy Corporation

(For 1st And 2nd Series Releases; 12 Stickable Pages; One 6-Pocket Sheet)
(Album Artwork : John Pound)


24/48 ct. CASE DISPLAY BOX (No Picture)



ARTWORK IMAGES
CARD FRONTS



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ARTWORK IMAGES
CARD BACKS



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FUN FACTS & TIDBITS


1. Matte
Finish card Backs (non-gloss) have been found in both print runs of the 1st series. A possible production error.




     2. The only series Without A Puzzle.

3. The Only Series that has the GPK header With the "TM" (trademark) Symbol.  Not including the Giant 1st Series Kids which has the "registered" trade mark symbol.

4. The first of two series that have cards with a Pink GPK Header. Cards 12a "Furry FRAN" and 12b "Hairy MARY" (Visit the 4th series "Fun Facts and TidBits" section to view the second pink GPK header). 

5. The only series with a GPK Header Surrounded By the color Yellow rather than white.  Cards 18a "Cranky FRANKIE" and 18b "Bad BRAD". Several non-card GPK boxes can be found with this phenomenon.


6. The only series Box (wrapper or card front) that has a Blue GPK Header Surrounded By the color Yellow (pictured above in "Product Overview").

7. The series has Light Pink, dark blue, dark pink, yellow, and red Name Bars ... no light blue in this series.



GPK 101 : ANNOTATED NAMES
Explanatory Notations and Definitions
of the 1st Series GPK Names




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GIANT 1ST SERIES KIDS



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GPK HISTORY SECTION

1. 
The Topps Chewing Gum (T.C.G.) company released the "Nutty Awards" Postcards in 1964 which were completed by Jack Davies. In 1985, the Topps company rendered almost every idea from this set for the 1st series "Garbage Pail Kids" card backs, 20 years later.  Artist Tom Bunk reworked and created new art for the backsides and drew the spiral border while Mark Newgarden rendered the writing as well as creating new material. Out of the 32 "Nutty Awards" card set, 31 of these concepts were used in the GPK series.  Only four of the original names were changed (ex: Idiot Award to Zero Award) and the paragraphs and signiatures are the same (albeit different style).   The Nutty Awards title #12 not used: "Dishonorable Discharge".  The nine new 1st series concepts:  "Allergy Prescription", "Bad Taste Award", "Big Stink Award", "Grouch License","Clumsy Award", "Foulmouth Award", "Reform School Diploma", "Whiners Award", "Garbage Pail Award", and "Busy Body License".



2. The Ribbon Artwork on the backside of the card was created and drawn by Mark Newgarden.

3. In 1967, the Topps Chewing Gum company published the 44 card "Kooky Awards" Stickers set painted by Norman Saunders (and 5 completed by Tom Sutton). The Topps company recycled several ideas from the 1964 "Nutty Awards" Postcards set which in turn were used on the majority of the card backs for the 1985 "Garbage Pail Kids" set.
Several of the concepts can also be found in the 1975 "Wanted Stickers" and 1980 "Wanted Posters" Topps sets. The following example for the "Bull Throwers Award" which can be found in all three sets used the same tagline at the end "Cows may come and cows may go - but your bull goes on forever!".



4. During the process of developing a new product, test products are created from existing releases. The first Prototype Wrapper for the "Garbage Pail Kids" was rendered from a "Funny Li'l Joke Books" wrapper. The "Funny Li'l Joke Books" set of 44 was released in 1970 (notice the old Topps emblem and price tag of 5cents) and completed by Art Spiegelman, Jay Lynch, Ralph Reese, Wally Wood, Rich Varisi, and Tom Sutton... the 1st series "Garbage Pail Kids" set of 44 x 2 was released in 1985 (with the new Topps emblem and a price tag of 25cents). Topps apparently went with a drastically different look; the wrapper artwork was later rendered by Tom Bunk after the ADAM Bomb character by John Pound. The successful image would be used for the wrapper of the first five original series GPK sets; the color rough concept can be seen below.




5. An Unpublished Wacky Package concept Titled "Garbage Pail Kids" never made the 1985 release. The term "Garbage Pail Kids" and the unpublished 1984 prototype were created by Mark Newgarden. The idea of a new parody series had been born. The finished art was completed by John Pound who had worked on the 1985 Wacky Package release with other artists. Three artists were assigned to this concept, John Pound, Robert Grossman, and Howard Cruse, out of the three, John Pound was chosen to complete the art for the new parody series. Pound went on to draw and color the card fronts for the first two series and more than half of each series thereafter. Tom Bunk completed the card backs and started card fronts during the 3rd series and Mark Newgarden wrote the card backs. Visit John Pound's website at www.poundart.com. ('click' BACK button to return to this page)


6. During the developmental stages of creating the new product series, the art team created a Mock-Up sticker and Card (pictured below) using a test artwork piece that was created by John Pound (the toys are missing from the early edition) and the curved Cabbage Patch Kids logo banner (pictured above in the unreleased Wacky Package CPK parody sticker). Even though the lettering was drastically changed, the curved logo still remained for the printed product. The die-cut theme was an idea from the beginning, but the name bar idea of "Baby Barfy" was changed to basic names to further parody the CPK dolls. The side notes on the mock up picture suggests using an air-brushed gradation of bright or pastel colors. The use of two different names for each image doubled the set and future sales. The mock-up and finished artwork images for cards 3a "Up CHUCK" and 3b "Heavin' STEVEN".


7. The Original Concept Piece for cards 8a "ADAM Bomb" and 8b "Blasted BILLY" had the character depicted as Ronald Reagan pushing the red nuke button. The character was later used in the 2nd series set placed behind a podium for cards 46a "Rappin' RON" and 46b "RAY Gun"; the original concept piece had him holding a set of guns that were removed for the final artwork.

8. Artwork images for card characters 9a "Boozin' BRUCE and 9b "Drunk KEN" are Reversed; as you can tell by attemping to read the baby booze bottle, "Ol' Rot Gut", which is backwards. The artwork images for this character were corrected for the March 2102 release of the Abrams Garbage Pail Kids book (page 20) which can now be seen in it's original intended state.

9. In 1989, Topps consigned GPK artist John Pound to create four different images for their "Rot 'n Roll" Mini-
Cassettes Product, one image depicting characters from the 1st US GPK release. Characters 8a "ADAM Bomb" and 8b "Blasted BILLY" playing the keyboard, 3a "Up CHUCK" and 3b "Heavin' STEVEN" holding the mic and 'singing', 19a "Corroded CARL" and 19b "Crater CHRIS" playing the guitar, and characters 14a "Potty SCOTTY" and 14b "JASON Basin" playing the drums. The label artwork became the mini-cassette insert and the tape case contained a gum-shaped cassette tape. The set was art directed by MAD Magazine co-editor Nick Meglin for the Topps company. The tight pencil, color rough, and final product for "The Barf Boys" cassette tape.


10. During the GPK card production process, blank-backed Separation Proofs are created and printed on thin paper stock for the final printing of the card image. The progressive acetate overlay proof set consists of sheet tones that lay one on top of the other to make up the final version of the sticker card ... the four overlay sheets consist of yellow, cyan, magenta, and black acetate tones. Below is the separation acetate overlay proof sheet of cyan and magenta as auctioned off on eBay through the Topps Vault in 2006 for card 17a "Wacky JACKIE".


11. Per John Pound's Notes and references, the images used for the Giant Series card #5 Have a Nice Day and card #8 Take a GPK to Lunch were unpublished 1st series (OS1) paintings, although Pound mentioned #5 was possibly intended for the 2nd series (OS2).

12. Uncut GPK Sheets were auctioned off of eBay, through the Topps Vault in the Winter of 2007 (November); A front image for the 1st series GPK set (two "b" sets and one "a" set); Sheet number 4-494-05-01-5.

13. The character image for cards 30a "New Wave DAVE" and 30b "Graffiti PETEY" was used for the GPK Buttons Box Artwork. The original artwork was auctioned off of eBay during July of 2008. Images for 1st series characters 8a "ADAM Bomb" and 8b "Blasted Billy and for the 2nd series characters 42a "PATTY Putty" and 42b "Muggin' MEGAN" as well as 45a "Leaky LINDSAY" and 45b "Messy TESSIE" can be found as the rendered button images.


14.
This John Pound Unpublished Sketch was presented alongside the OS1 characters Unstitched MITCH and Damaged DON, in Pound's notes, who are also 'spilling their guts'; apparently, Topps went with the stuffing concept rather than with the intenstines. The potential name ideas on Pound's reference notes are BILLY Boo-Boo, SAMMY Samurai, HARRY Kari ("Hara-kiri" = a ritual suicide by disembowelment practiced by the Japanese samurai or formerly decreed by a court in lieu of the death penalty) -- which also sounds like the legendary baseball Cub's announcer Harry Caray, and SAMMY Suicide.


15. Garbage Pail Kids Chewy Candies were produced in 1986 after the release of the 1st and 2nd series GPK. The candy product used various artwork from the 1st and 2nd series sets as image mascots on the candy wrappers. Three assortment of flavors can be found; cherry, grape and strawberry, along with several GPK characters for each color wrapper variation.


1st Series GPK Characters

Examples: 2b "RAY Decay", 8a "ADAM Bomb", 13b "Spacey STACY", 20b "Dressy JESSE",
26b "Fat MATT", 27b "JENNY Genius", 29b "Thin LYNN", 33b "Savage STUART", plus more.

(See the 2nd Series section for 2nd Series GPK character information)



COMPREHENSIVE CHECKLIST

V = Variation
(Variation and Print Run information on Printable Checklist page)

 * PRINTABLE CHECKLIST *

#
NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST
BACK
WRITER
BACK
1a
Nasty NICK
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
1b
Evil EDDIE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
2a
Junkfood JOHN
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
2b
RAY Decay
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
3a
Up CHUCK
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
3b
Heavin' STEVEN
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
4a
Fryin' BRIAN
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
4b
Electric BILL
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
5a
Dead TED (v)
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
5a
Dead TED (v)
John Pound
(checklist)
(checklist)
5b
JAY Decay (v)
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
5b
JAY Decay (v)
John Pound
(checklist)
(checklist)
6a
ART Apart
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
6b
Busted BOB
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
7a
Stormy HEATHER
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
7b
APRIL Showers
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
8a
ADAM Bomb (v)
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
8a
ADAM Bomb (v)
John Pound
(checklist)
(checklist)
8b
Blasted BILLY (v)
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
8b
Blasted BILLY (v)
John Pound
(checklist)
(checklist)
9a
Boozin' BRUCE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
9b
Drunk KEN
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
10a
Tee-Vee STEVIE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
10b
Geeky GARY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
11a
Itchy RICHIE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
11b
Bugged BERT
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
12a
Furry FRAN
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
12b
Hairy MARY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
13a
Ashcan ANDY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
13b
Spacey STACY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
14a
Potty SCOTTY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
14b
JASON Basin
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
15a
Ailin' AL
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
15b
Mauled PAUL
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
16a
Weird WENDY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
16b
Haggy MAGGIE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
17a
Wacky JACKIE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
17b
Loony LENNY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
18a
Cranky FRANKIE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
18b
Bad BRAD
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
19a
Corroded CARL
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
19b
Crater CHRIS
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
20a
Swell MEL
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
20b
Dressy JESSE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
21a
Virus IRIS
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
21b
Sicky VICKY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
22a
Junky JEFF
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
22b
Stinky STAN
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
23a
Drippy DAN
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
23b
Leaky LOU
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
24a
Nervous REX
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
24b
Nerdy NORM
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
25a
Creepy CAROL
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
25b
Scary CARRIE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
26a
Slobby ROBBIE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
26b
Fat MATT
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
27a
Brainy JANIE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
27b
JENNY Genius
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
28a
Oozy SUZIE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
28b
Meltin' MELISSA
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
29a
Bony JOANIE (v)
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
29a
Bony JOANIE (v)
John Pound
(checklist)
(checklist)
29b
Thin LYNN (v)
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
29b
Thin LYNN (v)
John Pound
(checklist)
(checklist)
30a
New Wave DAVE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
30b
Graffiti PETEY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
31a
Run Down RHODA
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
31b
Flat PAT
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
32a
Frigid BRIDGET
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
32b
Chilly MILLIE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
33a
Mad MIKE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
33b
Savage STUART
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
34a
KIM Kong
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
34b
ANNA Banana
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
35a
Wrinkly RANDY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
35b
Rockin' ROBERT
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
36a
Wrappin' RUTH
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
36b
TOMMY Tomb
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
37a
GuilloTINA
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
37b
CINDY Lopper
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
38a
Slimy SAM
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
38b
Lizard LIZ
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
39a
Buggy BETTY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
39b
Green JEAN
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
40a
Unstitched MITCH
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
40b
Damaged DON
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
41a
Mean GENE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
41b
Joltin' JOE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
#
NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST
BACK
WRITER
BACK

88 Total Matte Cards = 82 Cards + 6 Variations (Not Including Asterisks *, **)
88 Total Gloss Cards = 82 Cards + 6 Variations (Not Including Asterisks *, **)

 

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