Flashback: Garbage Pail Kids Take Manhattan

Posted on: January 27th, 2011 at 6:49 am by

Garbage Pail Kids have a very special place here at Bowery Boogie. While most of our childhood friends were busy stockpiling baseball cards, casa Boogie brimmed with stacks of the vulgar cartoon collectibles. Enough, in fact, to complete those backside puzzles.  And of course we broke our teeth on that notoriously stale stick of bubblegum.  Too bad only a handful of items from our original collection still survives – Adam Bomb, Stoned Sean, Hippie Skippy, et al.

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But if you’re currently jonesin’ for a fresh pack of oldies, there are places.  Indeed, it’s a little-known secret that sweet-tooth aficionado Economy Candy at 108 Rivington Street occasionally sells sealed Garbage Pail Kids, so we like to indulge once in awhile.  There’s also eBay, but where’s the fun in that? Herein are some of our favorite New York City related sticker-cards.

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The uber-successful series began in 1985, and was the brainchild of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman.  Much like Beavis & Butthead a decade later, there was public outcry in schools across the country, many of which banned the cards.  A sub-par movie followed in 1987, but didn’t do much at the box office.

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By 1988, the brand lost steam and a planned sixteenth series never came to fruition. However, a so-called “All New Series” was revived in 2003 with an updated look and that familiar gruesome charm.

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So in light of this walk down memory lane, who out there is up for the challenge of designing a Bowery Boogie branded Garbage Pail Kid for us? Now accepting submissions!

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