Thursday, September 21, 2006

Maybe it's Moobelline

In the early 70s, I was a fan of Wacky Packages - it was a series of stickers put out by Topps - they came in a package with a slab of bubble gum, like baseball cards. They were parodies of popular products - Weakies Cereal (for Wheaties), Moobelline Makeup, Head and Boulders Shampoo, Yubum Coffee, Sludge Brick Mix (instead of Fudge Brownie Mix) from Betty Crooked, and so on.

I remember that my bedroom door was plastered with these - and probably bumper stickers, too, and god knows what else. I pity whoever bought that house - if they didn't have to replace the door, they certainly spent plenty of time scraping the stickers off.

I was surprised to find out that one of the designers of the stickers was Art Spiegelman (who also designed “Garbage Pail Kids”); he is, of course, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the graphic novel Maus.

It's a testament to the power of Wacky Packages that whenever I see Old Spice cologne, I think of Old Spit.


Anonymous Wacky Packages said...

Lots of good memories. There are also new wacky packages t-shirts and school supplies out this year. Most can be seen at

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