Hallowe’en Countdown II, Day 20

« Within this general framework of unbridled insanity, we got in our digs at corporate culture. » – Jay Lynch (1945-2017)

One could be reasonably forgiven for thinking that most cultural staples of one’s youth had just gone away after they slipped beneath one’s radar, or the craze fizzled out. Not so with Topps’ resilient Wacky Packages… they go away for a few years, then resurface in times of greater need. One does have to wonder what their exact audience is, though: some of these jokes and allusions take direct aim at adult sensibilities. Case in point: 2006’s « Brokeback Mountain Duo, The Drink You Wish You Could Quit » (courtesy of twisted masterminds Jay Lynch and John Pound).

Without further ado, instead of the old stickers you fondly but perhaps dimly recall, here are some recent ones you most likely haven’t encountered (though the objects of parody will be familiar), with the properly spooky thematic accent, of course.

WackyAirWitchA
Wacky Packages All-New Series 5 (2007). Artist: David Gross.
WackyCreatureA
Wacky Packages All-New Series 4 (2006). Artist: David Gross.
WackyFrightyDogA
Wacky Packages All-New Series 5 (2007). Artist: Smokin’ Joe McWilliams.
WackyHaggiesA
Wacky Packages All-New Series 8 (2011).
WackyHaunt'sA
Wacky Packages All-New Series 5 (2007). Artist: Smokin’ Joe McWilliams.
WackyLifeA
Wacky Packages All-New Series 4 (2006). Artist: David Gross.
WackyLogCoffinA
Wacky Packages All-New Series 10 (2010)
WackyRiceKreepiesA
Wacky Packages All-New Series 8 (2011)

-RG

7 thoughts on “Hallowe’en Countdown II, Day 20

  1. tref October 21, 2018 / 01:07

    Wacky Packages were an obsession of mine during grade school, though the above seem all well-beyond the series I collected.

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    • gasp65 October 21, 2018 / 18:48

      I missed the first wave, since the stickers weren’t available locally… but once I encountered them on a family vacation, I was hooked. As for vintage, since the first, classic fourteen series (1967-75) have even been immortalized in book form, I thought I’d focus on some of the more recent offerings, to show that the quality’s still quite good, and the censorship clearly more permissive.

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  2. tref October 21, 2018 / 18:55

    Great books, too. Amazingly the first book ends at the same point I stopped collecting them, so the second edition was all new to me.

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