Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Garbage Pail Kids

(Lets see who knows about these cards) For as long as I can remember my mom had these sticker trading cards with her, called the Garbage Pail Kids, they came out in 1985 by the Topps Chewing Gum,inc. I don’t know when she got them but I know she had them since I was born. Janet Planet was always my favorite out of the pack of singles and repeats my mom had. It always seemed so odd to me that these things were an alternative of the Cabbage Patch Kids. Some freaked me more then others but almost all of them just grossed me out with a hint of hilarious. Never really thought to look into them until now however, it‘s funny to have something that was interesting to you most of your life and to not research it without a reason, like homework. It was interesting to learn what I could about them, who knew they were even still around to this day, apparently still in production, and the concept and style of them hasn’t changed much. They even have a website to show and sell these cards. Needless to say, these kids are freaky. Of the ones my mom has, like I said Janet was my favorite, she wasn’t creepy or gross to me. For some reason even to this day I find her very cute, I think it was the colors that were given to her I liked most, bright colors have always been a fascination for me.( Ha, they even came out with a movie.) I think these cards were made by a group of artists don't know of them all, all I could find was Mark Newgarden, someone that was part of the team. Anyways, I don’t see myself ever drawing Cabbage Patch Kids or these Garbage Pail Kids in that manner, but parodies are always funny, it be interesting to see if I could ever make my own parodies with my art some day.


  1. I totally remember these cards but what I remember more is the movie... freaked my shit. Anyway, the cards are charming in a grotesque way and I love the play on the Cabbage Patch Dolls.

  2. I didn't know about these cards until I saw them on Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia and then I found a pack at Sports Authority of all places.

  3. A quick look at Wikipedia would give you plenty of information about the history of the cards as well as the names of the artists ionvolved, and a host of other links.

    Note to all students: part of this project is learning to research. It doesn't take much to do a little exploring on the Internet. if something interests you, don't limit yourself to a blog post... find out more about it! That's the essence of this project.


  4. I remember them from my 80s childhood and then my son got remakes in the early 2000s. This was my favorite one too :)