||[Jun. 8th, 2008|04:00 pm]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
Wacky Packages -- or Wacky Packs, as I remember calling them -- were a huge part of my 1970s childhood. My friends and I collected these satirical stickers that poked fun at everyday brand-name products as if our lives depended on it. I don't recall ever actually sticking them onto anything, other than perhaps a notebook with which to keep them all in one place, but I would laugh for hours at the send-ups of everything from Crest toothpaste ("Crust") to Listerine ("Blisterine"). (Sadly, overdosing on Wacky Packages is probably the reason I can no longer stand puns.)
But the coolest thing of all is that now there is a hardcover coffeetable book out from Abrams showcasing many of the best: Wacky Packages. And I didn't know this until just today, when I heard about the book, but apparently Wacky Packages was co-created by none other than Art (Maus) Spiegelman! (Speigelman also provides an introduction to the book.)
If I had the money to spend, I'd buy this book in a heartbeat. But for those of you out there who, like me, spent much of your childhood collecting these cards, I hope you will dig into a bowl of Frosted Snakes cereal, or break open a bag of Chimps Ahoy, and enjoy this walk down memory lane!