In 1998, Comic Images, with distribution by Dark Horse Comics, came out with the most innovative non-sport card parody set since the Garbage Pail Kids releases called the Meanie Babies — right amidst the hype of the Beanie Babies collecting craze going on at the time.  The creative team behind these great pieces of artwork were none other than artist extraordinaire John Pound of GPK fame and writer Jay Lynch who worked on all of the reverse card backs. The cards came packaged six to a foil pack with the possibility of a insert or chase card plus one sticker, that measure 2.5 X 3.5 inches.














136 CARD SET : 61 BASE + 75 CHASE CARDS

CHASE CARDS : 61 STICKERS + 1 BONUS CARD + 3 PROMO CARDS
+ 3 SKETCH CARDS + 6 OMNI-CHOME CARDS + 1 AUTOGRAPH CARDS


DISPLAY BOX

TWO VARIATIONS : 30 COUNT BOX or 48 COUNT BOX
ARTWORK : JOHN POUND
WRAPPER

NO PACKAGING CODE


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GUFF! COMIC

INCLUDES CY-CLONE BONUS CARD
ADVERTISEMENT SHEET

DESIGN : McNABB STUDIOS : 8.5 x 11 INCHES


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MAIL-AWAY BINDER OFFER

FRONT & BACK : 10 x 11.5 INCHES


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MAGAZINE COVER

TUFF STUFF'S COLLECT! : JANUARY 1998
MAGAZINE COVER

NON-SPORT UPDATE : VOL 9, NO.1 FEB-MAR 1998










1. Various Autograph Cards could be located in randomly in the Meanie Babies boxes and signed by artist John Pound. The autographs could be found on any of the three promo cards produced for the set, signed on the front, with an Authentic Comic Images Autograph sticker on the backside. 500 cards were signed by Pound in total.


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2. Besides the base card set, there is also a Parallel Sticker Set that contains a blank, completely white reverse card back to collect. Card #61, the checklist card, has card information only on the frontside since the reverse card back is blank.


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3. The Promo Cards were distributed prior to the set being released and contained a GPK-like yellow nameplate. The nameplate was dropped for the regular release with the card showing the characters names in one of the six various colors found within the Meanie Babies header. The reverse card backs give a nice break-down of the set.


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4. Cards #3 UPCHUCK the Duck and #35 DOWNCHUCK the DUCK are either the Same Character, vomiting after stuffing its gullet and stuffing its gullet before vomiting, or they are antithesis twins.


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5. Card #59 GRRRILLA the Gorilla is the only card character that uses the Meanie Babies Logo Header as part of the card humor.


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6. A deluxe, three-ring Meanie Babies Binder was offered on the back of the wrappers for only $19.95 and came with nine, nine-pocket pages; pictured above in the 'Product Overview' section.


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7. The first parody set to have random Chase Cards located within the packs — not including the promo cards and bonus card. Besides the harder-to-find Autograph Cards, the Sketch and Omni-Chrome card could be found randomly in every box of Meanie Babies, averaging one sketch card and 3 chromium cards per box. The Sketch card reverse backs give a humorous account of the history of the three characters that John Pound created and contain the color rough for the final card image. The Omni-Chrome reverse card backs are in a vertical presentation rather than the horizontal layout of the base card and has an altogether different rhyme.


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8. Unfortunately, there is No Puzzle within the release; the blank sticker backs would have been ideal for several puzzles.


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9. A Guff! Comic featuring the Meanie Babies was produced by Dark Horse Comics around the same time the series was released, featuring a storyboard by Jay Lynch and final artwork by John Pound. As an added insentive, the comic included a Bonus Card (CY-CLONE the Sheep)whose image cannot be found in the regular base set and whose artwork is on the front of the comic; featured above in 'Product Overview' section. The reverse card back layout is more like the vertical presentation of the Omni-Chrome cards backs.


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10. Card #38 SWAMPY has a Cabbage Patch Kid doll floating in the sewer water — the product that led to the Garbage Pail Kids brand; John Pound's second parody assigment for the Topps Company after the Wacky Packages.














#2 SNOTTY

#15 FLUSH

#27 FLAT


#38 SWAMPY


#47 GONUTS


#48 EXSTINKT


#50 BEAVIS


#52 GAME-BOAR


#57 HOT LIPPS










1. Comic Images had artist John Pound helmed the entire Meanie Babies set himself containing 61 different card characters; almost roughly 20 more images than a regular Garbage Pail Kids set; ie. Pound completed 41+ pieces for the OS1 set. The entire first printing sold out but the Beanie Babies' lawyers politely asked with a cease and desist letter that Dark Hourse not reprint the cards, let alone think about a second series. Card #45 POUND the Groundhog is a self-named card after the artist's last name and is reminiscent of the Whac-a-Mole game — which is called Mole Buster in Japan when translated to English.


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2. During 2003, artist Jay Lynch was commisioned by the Topps company to create character drawings for a potential new parody set called Garbage Pail Pets. Although the product was never produced, Lynch developed three pre-production pen and ink concept sketches for the proposed set. Instead, Topps slightly rendered and eventually released the unpublished OS16 set from 1988 re-titled All-New Series from their non-sport card division. The idea is very similar to the 1998 Meanie Babies set by Comic Images, though the Garbage Pail Pets are a parody of the GPK format. The artwork was redrawn by artist Mark Pingitore and included in the Garbage Pail Pets subset for cards #1 through #3 for the 2015S2 30th anniversary set.


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3. Jay Lynch wrote all of the limericks on the reverse card backs for the set and mini-profiles; his writing is exceptional as usual, and is very reminiscent of the profile backs of some of the earlier GPK card backs.













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CARD & STICKER NAME + MINI MEANINGS
ARTIST
WRITER
1 HAIRBALL the Cat; A ball of hair formed in the stomach from licking fur.
John Pound
Jay Lynch
2 SNOTTY the Baby Bull; A cow's runny nose
John Pound
Jay Lynch
3 UPCHUCK the Duck; To vomit; throw up
John Pound
Jay Lynch
4 SPHINXTER the Baby Sphinx; sphinx + sphincter, the muscle of the anus
John Pound
Jay Lynch
5 NO BRAINER the Camel; parody of Joe Camel, the cigarette mascot
John Pound
Jay Lynch
6 PICKLES the Pickled Pig; pickled pig feet + pickled cucumbers
John Pound
Jay Lynch
7 LITTERS the Cat; kitty litter box
John Pound
Jay Lynch
8 BABY CUE the Unicorn; barbecue skewer
John Pound
Jay Lynch
9 SCUMMY the Baby Pond Scum; a mass of algae formed on stagnant water
John Pound
Jay Lynch
10 WARTY the Frog; warts + frog, although, toads have warts, not frogs
John Pound
Jay Lynch
11 VAL the Crow; Velcro + black crow, fastening strip
John Pound
Jay Lynch
12 FROGENSTEIN the Frog; frog + Frankenstein
John Pound
Jay Lynch
13 MOLDIE the Dead Goldfish; fungus growing on damp decaying organic matter
John Pound
Jay Lynch
14 ROADHOG the Pig; road hog, a motorist who drives recklessly or inconsiderately
John Pound
Jay Lynch
15 FLUSH the Alligator; a parody of 'sewer alligator' stories, urban legends
John Pound
Jay Lynch
16 E.COLI the Baby Bacteria; Escherichia coli bacteria that lives in the intestines
John Pound
Jay Lynch
17 EDDIE the Yetti; rhyming parody of a mythical apelike creature resembling Bigfoot
John Pound
Jay Lynch
18 BAD HARE the Rabbit; bad hair + hare, a fast-running, long-eared & hind legs mammal
John Pound
Jay Lynch
19 SALMONELLA the Salmon; a bacterium that occurs in the intestine; food poisoning
John Pound
Jay Lynch
20 PIERCY the Rhino; body & face piercing + rhinoplasty; thick skinned
John Pound
Jay Lynch
21 FARTFACE the Bear; slang for worthless talk + gas releasing magical beans
John Pound
Jay Lynch
22 SPRITZER the Cobra; spitting cobra + spritzer, a mixture of wine & soda water
John Pound
Jay Lynch
23 HIPPY the Hippopotamus; hippy + hippo, similar-sounding
John Pound
Jay Lynch
24 ROTO ROOSTER the Domestic Fowl; a parody of Roto-Rooter plumbing service
John Pound
Jay Lynch
25 PICKY-PICKY the Elephant; to pick with the fingers (trunk proboscis), pick the nose
John Pound
Jay Lynch
26 ZIPPITY the Bunny; to zip or zipper + hippity hop bunny movements
John Pound
Jay Lynch
27 FLAT the Squished Cat; roadkill flattened by traffic; parody of Goodyear tires (marks)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
28 BUM-BEE the Bee; bum + bumblebee, no money/no honey panhandling parody
John Pound
Jay Lynch
29 DOWNSIZE the Dog; to make smaller, to press
John Pound
Jay Lynch
30 HOLEY COW the Heavenly Cow; holy cow exclamation + swiss cheese w/ holes
John Pound
Jay Lynch
31 SUCKER the Mosquito; bloodsucking mosquitos + an easily deceived person
John Pound
Jay Lynch
32 SPOT-LESS the Dalmation; Spot the dog + spot remover = spotlessly immaculate
John Pound
Jay Lynch
33 CLEARCUT the Beaver; clear cut forests + beaver felled trees
John Pound
Jay Lynch
34 BIG MOUTH the Mouse; the juxtpostion one of the smallest rodents + largest mouth
John Pound
Jay Lynch
35 DOWNCHUCK the Duck; down-chuck means to drop or 'throw down'; an idiot
John Pound
Jay Lynch
36 VILE-RUS the Computer Virus; vile + walrus, an extremely unpleasant infective agent
John Pound
Jay Lynch
37 RAT-RACE the Rat; a frustratig, hard-to-break financial lifestyle; competitive
John Pound
Jay Lynch
38 SWAMPY the Sewer Creature; a murky, muddy, dirty conduit for waste & refuse
John Pound
Jay Lynch
39 PIDDLES the Poodle; piddle, to urinate, or the act of urinating; puddles of piddle
John Pound
Jay Lynch
40 OXYMORON the Ox; ox + moron (stupid person), opposing terms appearing in conjunction
John Pound
Jay Lynch
41 DE-ODOR-ANT the Ant; de- prefix (to remove) + odor (unpleasant body stink), conceal
John Pound
Jay Lynch
42 HUNGRY the Lion; a strong desire for food, hungry like a wolf, bear, etc; self-cannibalism
John Pound
Jay Lynch
43 BULL-ONEY the Bull; foolish talk, nonsense; the variant of bologna mystery meat product
John Pound
Jay Lynch
44 MAGGOTY the Maggot; the legless, soft-bodied, wormlike larva found in decaying matter
John Pound
Jay Lynch
45 POUND the Groundhog; to hit severely; a pounding, splitting headache; Bayer aspirin
John Pound
Jay Lynch
46 SMARTASS the Donkey; smart + ass (a hoofed mammal, jackass or stupid person)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
47 GONUTS the Squirrel; idiom, to do something enthusiastically; squirrels zipper & eat nuts
John Pound
Jay Lynch
48 EXSTINKT the Saber-Toothed Skunk; stink + extinct, to smell + no longer exist
John Pound
Jay Lynch
49 NOSEJOB the Reindeer; a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer parody; rinoplasty
John Pound
Jay Lynch
50 BEAVIS the Butt-Erfly; Beavis and Butt-head protagonists name parody, MTV show
John Pound
Jay Lynch
51 WHINOSAUR the Dinosaur; whine + dinosaur, to cry, wail or weep loudly, a tantrum
John Pound
Jay Lynch
52 GAME-BOAR the Wild Boar; Game Boy, the Nintendo handheld gaming system + a boar
John Pound
Jay Lynch
53 CHESTER the Turtle; chest of drawers, a bureau, furniture with stacked drawers
John Pound
Jay Lynch
54 WEBSTER the Spider; spider web + WWW, a network of fine threads + World Wide Web network + the online Webster dictionary
John Pound
Jay Lynch
55 ARMPIT the Amorphous Creature; a bushy armpit + an unclassifiable undefined form
John Pound
Jay Lynch
56 HOUSEFLY the Fly; quite literally, a fly shaped like a house
John Pound
Jay Lynch
57 HOT LIPPS the Dragon; in the heat of the moment; unresistable; kissable; trumpet player
John Pound
Jay Lynch
58 HOOOTERS the Owl; hoot + hooters, an owl noise + chichis, a woman's breast
John Pound
Jay Lynch
59 GRRRILLA the Gorilla; Grr + Gorilla, a growling, angry sound + a chest-beating great ape
John Pound
Jay Lynch
60 TICKED OFF the Deer; ticked off + deer tick, upset or angry + an ixodid tick, parasitic on deer that transmit infectious agents including the bacterium causing Lyme disease
John Pound
Jay Lynch
61 CHECKLIST
none
none
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CHASE CARDS
ARTIST
ARTIST
BONUS CY-CLONE (Guff Comic Bonus Card); closed, rotating circular fluid motion + clone, a organism or cell, or group, produced asexually from one ancestor or stock; genetically identical
John Pound
Jay Lynch
P1 of 3 LITTERS
John Pound
none
P2 of 3 UPCHUCK
John Pound
none
P3 of 3 SPHINXTER
John Pound
none
SKETCH 1 VILE-RUS
John Pound
Jay Lynch
SKETCH 2 NO-BRAINER
John Pound
Jay Lynch
SKETCH 3 BAD-HARE
John Pound
Jay Lynch
OMNI 1 FLUSH
John Pound
Jay Lynch
OMNI 2 WARTY
John Pound
Jay Lynch
OMNI 3 MOLDIE
John Pound
Jay Lynch
OMNI 4 BABY CUE
John Pound
Jay Lynch
OMNI 5 ROTO ROOSTER
John Pound
Jay Lynch
OMNI 6 ZIPPITY
John Pound
Jay Lynch
AUTO 1 of 3 LITTERS (Autograph Card w/ Seal)
John Pound
none
AUTO 2 of 3 UPCHUCK (Autograph Card w/ Seal)
John Pound
none
AUTO 3 of 3 SPHINXTER (Autograph Card w/ Seal)
John Pound
none
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CHASE CARDS
ARTIST
ARTIST