RELEASE PERIOD : MAY 1986

A Poster set was released by Topps in 1986 during the increasing popularity of the Garbage Pail Kids trading card stickers. The due date for the Poster set was February 31st which was produced after the 3rd Series set -- that was issued in January, and released during the 4th Series set in May of that year. The 18 posters contain original GPK artwork, at times altered, with all-new images and creations measuring 12 X 17 inches.  Several pieces were previously unpublished GPK images that did not make the card format sets and many themes simultaneously found in the released Giant GPK set. Each pack cost 99¢ and inlcuded one poster. Per Mark Newgarden, this project was initially planned to be the Giant 2nd Series 5x7 card set.





18 POSTER SET : 18 POSTERS + 0 VARIATIONS
(POSTER CODE : 4-588-26-01-6)



DISPLAY BOX

1 VARIATION (CODE 1-588-70-01-6)
MAIN BOX ARTWORK : JOHN POUND
RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK
DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER



WRAPPER

1 VARIATION (CODE 0-588-15-01-6)
RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK


SELL SHEET

(IMAGE TAKEN FROM NON-SPORT CARD PRICE GUIDE -- COLOR MOCK-UP VERSION BY MAD 'MIKE' BOYAJIAN)
1 VARIATION : CODE #588

RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK








POSTER #1
DRINK
ALL-NATURAL GARBAGE PAIL KOLA - YOU'LL NEVER DRINK ANYTHING ELSE!




Pictured below is the final artwork image as sold off of the online auction site eBay and a 2005 Topps Vault magazine ad pictured in the Non-Sport Update pubication (issue June/July Vol. 16 - No. 3) where the image for Poster #1 Drink Garbage Pail Kola can be found within. The image pokes fun at product placement.


The 'House Special' picture in the background is a rejected image completed by John Pound for the 1st Series set that can also be found in the Giant GPK set as #8 Take A Garbage Pail Kid To Lunch which is similar to the unpublished 10th Series piece by Tom Bunk. The image can also be found in poster #13 Beauty Is Only Skin Deep.


The 'G.P.Kola' bottle image in the foreground, with a rat instead of a Kid inside, is also be found in the 4th Series set on cards 128a Sloshed JOSH and 128b Low CAL by John Pound with the same style red lettering rather than blue lettering. The same cafe environment is found in the 11th Series sets on cards 422a SHERI Cola and 422b All-Night DINAH also by John Pound picturing the same toilet drink and contents, tablecloth, booth, window curtain, the girl's clothes and ribbon style.





POSTER #2
HANG IN THERE, BABY! - WITH GARBAGE PAIL KIDS




The 'Hang in there!' slogan is a parody of the cat posters of the late 80's with the kitten hanging from a tree limb with one paw. A similar cat image can be found in the 4th Series set for card images 159a Catty KATHY and 159b KITTY Litter by David Berg and is much more humanoid in appearance and stance.






POSTER #3
GARBAGE PAIL KIDS SUGAR CRUSTED SEWAGE ALL ARTIFICIAL



The poster is very similar to the Wacky Package card product by Topps that parody brand name items; this particular product image is a parody of the popular kids cereal Kelloggs 'Rice Krispies' (Frosted Krispies) with the three mascots Snap, Crackle and Pop.







POSTER #4
GARBAGE PAIL KIDS : THE INSIDE DOPE



The poster pokes fun at science anatomy models that give an inside look organs, etc. and disects a GPKid for this example. The poster image is an unpublished concept intended for the 2nd Series GPK set and later considered for the 6th Series GPK set as well.







POSTER #5
VISIT GARBAGE PAIL LAND




The poster contains a boat titled 'Hate-Boat' which is a parody of the television show 'The Love Boat'. Also, the 'Tunnel of Love'/'Tunnel of Hate' -- all poking fun at 'visit' (insert locale) ad campaigns; and specifically, an amusement park. Tom Bunk's preliminary color sketch artwork also pictured.





POSTER #6
GARBAGE PAIL KIDS HEADQUARTERS - KEEP OUT!




Most Kids place a 'Keep Out!' sign or warning on their bedroom door at one point or another, either as a prepubescent (pre/pube/scent) or adolescent, to keep club activity or whatnot secret. These public warnings stem from 'private property' signs that oftentimes can be found fenced off by barbwire. A pigtailed girl cut up in a barbwire theme was later used (coincidentally?) in the ANS4 set for cards 15a Jumpin' JEN and 15b MEGAN Trouble.








POSTER #7
EAT MY FACE! : GARBAGE PAIL KIDS




A parody of the phrase 'Eat My Guts!' or the derogatory 'Eat My Sh*t!". The image is a 2nd Series GPK concept that was realized for the 6th Series GPK set but unpublished. The image was later used for the 16th Series unpublished card 639a GUY Pie and 639b Pepperoni Toni and finally published in the All-New Series 1 set for card 9a Cheesy CHARLIE and 9b Pizza Face CHASE; notice the four fingers on the character instead of the three fingers of later releases.







POSTER #8
SLIME MAGAZINE, ZIT OF THE YEAR



The poster features 1st Series character 19a Corroded CARL and 19b Crater CHRIS that is a parody of Time Magazine publication, particularly their 'Man of the Year' yearly cover; the 'Kid of the Year' was replaced with 'Zit of the Year'. Tom Bunk's color sketch artwork is also pictured for comparison.







POSTER #9
GARBAGE PAIL KIDS CALENDAR


The poster image is reminiscent of the 3rd Series character 122a Broad MAUD and 122b Large MARGE with a ponytail rather than pigtails; both pieces were completed by artist Tom Bunk whose rough sketch and color artwork are also pictured for comparison; The upper 1987 squares are eventually removed, and the head position and hair color changed for the final piece.





POSTER #10
DOUBLE-CROSSING THE DELAWARE



The poster image is a parody of the famous 1851 painting 'George Washington Crossing The Delaware' by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze.
To double-cross is to deceive or betray someone with whom one is supposedly cooperating.







POSTER #11
NATIONAL GARBAGE PAIL



The poster image is a parody of the famous supermarket tabloid 'The National Enquirer' (founded in 1926) with several iconic GPK characters.
Tom Bunk's color sketch artwork is also pictured.





POSTER #12
I 'HEART' GARBAGE PAIL KIDS



A great poster by James Warhola, nephew of Andy Warhol, that pokes fun at the popular slogan 'I HEART _________' (oftentimes, NY).






POSTER #13
BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP



The poster image, if viewed from a distance, is a skull with cross-bones. The poster contains six different card images from the GIANT GPK Sticker set on the wall around the vanity table. From left to right, top to bottom, cards #7 Why Fight It? Collect GPKs, #12 It Takes GUTS To Be A GPK, # 5 Have A Nice Day, #11 How To Be A GPK, #8 Take A GPK To Lunch! (the image can also be found on poster #1 Drink Garbage Pail Kola pictured further above), and #6 Hooked On GPK.


The GPK poster image is a parody of the 1892 drawing "All is Vanity" created by Charles Allan Gilbert. Where 'vanity' is one of the seven deadly sins and a human skull, used as a focal point in a painting is refered to as momento mori, "remember you will die"; hence, vanity is a deadly sin. The addition of the crossbones to the GPK parody adds a level of additional humor; one of the many meanings (poison, etc.) of a skull and crossbones: as a symbol of death and especially as a memento mori on tombstones.





POSTER #14
LOOK LIKE GARBAGE : BEFORE AND AFTER



How to make a Cabbage Patch Kid look like a Garbage Pail Kid poster. The image has a reminiscent feeling as the later unpublished 16th Series character 626a Interracial RACHEL and 626b Stitched STELLA. The poster pokes fun at 'before and after' pictures, be it weight, facial air, et cetera; but in this case it's about a botched plastic surgery by a sketchy doctor (a.k.a. mad scientist).





POSTER #15
GONE WITH THE GARBAGE



The poster image is a parody of the popular movie poster "Gone With The Wind", a 1939 romance movie starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, where the Kid is smooching a bag of garbage as his love interest. Tom Bunk's preliminary color sketch artwork is pictured below for comparison.







POSTER #16
HOW TO BE A GARBAGE PAIL KID




This psuedo "How to Be Cool" diagram image, a hodgepodge of Kid pieces, can also be found as card #11 How To Be A Garbage Pail Kid in the GIANT GPK Sticker set; per John Pound's pencil artwork the character was titled the Ultimate GPK.






POSTER #17
GARBAGE PAIL KIDS WANT YOU




The poster image is originally from the the 3rd Series set for cards 110a Snooty SAM and 110b U.S. ARNIE painted by GPK artist John Pound. A classic parody of the iconic 1917 U.S. Army recruitment image "Uncle Sam" (initials U.S.) painted by J.M. Flagg, picking his nose rather than pointing to the general public -- which was based off of the 1914 British "Lord Kitchener Wants You" advertisement poster. The image can also be located within the 2011 Flashback Series 3 set and as a major mascot for the 2016 "American as Applie Pie in Your Face" Yearly set.








POSTER #18
BUSTED! : GARBAGE PAIL KIDS




A fantastic humor image based on reality of how GPK were 'kicked' out of school and banned from classrooms. BUSTED!, getting caught in the act of possessing GPK cards on school grounds. This would most likely follow up with a mugshot and WANTED! posters.

The poster image (12x17) is used for the U.S. 5th Series, 6th Series, 7th Series and 8th series Retail Ad Posters with an enlarged, straight GPK banner and some subtle changes The image can also be found as card #14 BUSTED! (5x7) from the Giant GPK card set with the original curved GPK header rather than the straight GPK banner.


In both the posters and card, minus the various Award and License card backs, there are several 1st Series and 2nd Series GPK Characters portrayed within the image; all John Pound artwork. As can be discerned from left to right from the school sign to the ground: (OS2) 45a Leaky Lindsay and 45b Messy TESSIE, (OS1) 27a Brainy JANIE and 27b JENNY Genius, (OS2) 49a Double Heather, 49b Schizo FRAN / FRAN FRAN, (1st) 30a New Wave DAVE and 30b Graffiti PETEY, 8a ADAM Bomb and 8b Blasted BILLY, (OS2) 73a Gorgeous GEORGE and 73b Dollar BILL, (OS1) 3a Up CHUCK and 3b Heavin' STEVEN, (OS2) 83a Ugh LEE and 83b Sumo SID, 77a Ghastley ASHLEY and 77b Acne AMY, 54a Fryin' RYAN and 54b Charred CHAD, 79a Sewer SUE and 79b MICHELLE Muck, 74a MARK Bark and 74b Kennel KENNY, 57a TOMMY Gun and 57b Dead FRED, 67a Phony LISA and 67b MONA Loser, 43a Smelly KELLY and 43b DOUG Plug, 44a SY CLOPS and 44b One-Eyed JACK, 66a MATT Ratt and 66b RACHEL Rodent, 62a Greaser GREG and 62b CHRIS Hiss, (OS1) 5a Dead TED and 5b JAY Decay, (OS2) 65a Shrunken ED and 65b Cheeky CHARLES, 42a PATTY Putty and 42b Muggin' MEGAN, (OS1) 18a Cranky FRANKIE and 18b Bad BRAD, (OS2) 75a Off-The-Wall PAUL and 75b ZACH Plaque, 46a Rappin' RON and 46b RAY Gun, (OS1) 4a Fryin' BRIAN and 4b Electric BILL, 39a Buggy BETTY and 39b Green JEAN, 41a Mean GENE and 41b Joltin' JOE, and 40a Unstitched MITCH and 40b Damaged DON.







1. Two Unpublished Concepts intended for the Giant 5x7 set or GPK Poster set were titled Miami Lice, a parody of the television show Miami Vice, and E Pluribus Garbage,a Garbage Pail Kids coat-of-arms.


2. Pictured below is the Concept Rough in color for the final wrapper created by Tom Bunk. The Kid in the bottom corner is changed up quite bit for the final piece; clothing and color has been changed, and the snot strand removed. The rendered artwork for
the 3rd Series character 110a Snooty SAM and U.S. Arnie remains pretty much the same for the final wrapper. The tight ink version was eventually posted on eBay via the Topps Vault.




3. The Unpublished Box Artwork as auctioned off of eBay during July of 2008. The image of the 4th Series character 126a Armpit BRITT and 126b Shaggy AGGIE was replaced by the poster parody image of the 3rd Series character 110a Snooty SAM and U.S. Arnie. Pictured further below are two corresponding wrapper concepts in ink and color with the catchphrase 'Pick of the Litter' that was never published and completed by artist Tom Bunk.



4. The Checklist is found on the back of the wrapper, coded 0-588-15-01-6; all of the posters have the same code, 4-588-26-01-6.

5. The images for the 18 Poster set can be found on Mini Poster Cards released within retail value boxes for the 2015 Series 2 '30th Anniversary' GPK set. The backside portrays the original wrapper -- although, the GPK logo has been replaced with a newer GPK banner and on the front side of many cards.






THE ARTIST RECOGNITION EDITION


1
= First Print Run

#
NAME
ARTIST
PRINT
RUN
1
DRINK GARBAGE PAIL KOLA
John Pound
1
2
HANG IN THERE, BABY!
John Pound
1
3
SUGAR CRUSTED SEWAGE
John Pound
1
4
GARBAGE PAIL KIDS - THE INSIDE DOPE
John Pound
1
5
VISIT GARBAGE PAIL LAND
Tom Bunk
1
6
KEEP OUT!
Tom Bunk
1
7
EAT MY FACE! : PIZZA-FACE
John Pound : 6-5 (R)
1
8
SLIME MAGAZINE
Tom Bunk
1
9
GARBAGE PAIL KID CALENDAR
Tom Bunk
1
10
DOUBLE-CROSSING THE DELAWARE
James Warhola
1
11
NATIONAL GARBAGE PAIL
Tom Bunk
1
12

I 'Heart' GARBAGE PAIL KIDS

James Warhola
1
13
"BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP"
James Warhola
1
14
BEFORE & AFTER
John Pound
1
15
GONE WITH THE GARBAGE
Tom Bunk
1
16
HOW TO BE A GARBAGE PAIL KID
John Pound
1
17
GARBAGE PAIL KIDS WANT YOU
John Pound
1
18
BUSTED!
John Pound
1

18 Total Posters