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Title: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 12, 2016, 01:10:32 PM
Welcome to Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging.

We show every single card from Wacky's ever, criticize them, make new versions of them, and show the packaging courtesy of Jason Liebig and others.


Diecuts #1 - Boredom's Coffee

Boredom's
Instant coffee
One cup puts you to sleep forever
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 12, 2016, 01:11:13 PM
Diecuts #2 - Fearstone

Fearstone
You'll tire of our tires
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 12, 2016, 01:12:22 PM
Diecuts #3 - Vicejoy

Vicejoy
Fungus Tip Cigarettes
Vicejoy's got the taste that rots
20 butts
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 12, 2016, 01:14:10 PM
These are all making up for what we've done on the other posts. Time to discuss.

As we've said, the first two, Boredom's and Fearstone, could have better gags. They aren't really that funny, and don't fit that well. If you have good ideas, feel free to comment them as done on the other forum.

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 12, 2016, 06:44:35 PM
These are all making up for what we've done on the other posts. Time to discuss.

As we've said, the first two, Boredom's and Fearstone, could have better gags. They aren't really that funny, and don't fit that well. If you have good ideas, feel free to comment them as done on the other forum.
I think to make this effective, we need the real product tag line to know what the gag writers were trying to align.

Viceroy's got the tastes that right.

Vicejoy's got the sinful taste that delights.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: quas on September 12, 2016, 07:16:32 PM
I think to make this effective, we need the real product tag line to know what the gag writers were trying to align.

Viceroy's got the tastes that right.

Vicejoy's got the sinful taste that delights.

I can't think of anything more suitable to "Vice Joy" but I might trim it a bit to:

Vicejoy's sinful taste delights.

That has the same "cadence" as Vicejoy's got the taste that's right.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 13, 2016, 02:32:59 AM
Diecuts #4 - Camals

Here's what happens when you smoke
Camals
Jerkish Blend
(Secret message on side) Smoking cigarettes may be hazardous to your health


Original product:
Camel
Turkish and Domestic Blend Cigarettes


I can see the gag here, and I guess 'jerkish' was the best rhyming word they could come up with. I can't really suggest anything here because there really isn't anything marginally wrong with the gag that I can frown upon.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: quas on September 13, 2016, 04:46:16 AM
Diecuts #4 - Camals

Here's what happens when you smoke
Camals
Jerkish Blend
(Secret message on side) Smoking cigarettes may be hazardous to your health


Original product:
Camel
Turkish and Domestic Blend Cigarettes


I can see the gag here, and I guess 'jerkish' was the best rhyming word they could come up with. I can't really suggest anything here because there really isn't anything marginally wrong with the gag that I can frown upon.

Agree.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: quas on September 13, 2016, 04:51:25 AM
I can't think of anything more suitable to "Vice Joy" but I might trim it a bit to:

Vicejoy's sinful taste delights.

That has the same "cadence" as Vicejoy's got the taste that's right.

Or could go a different route on this one, something like:

For those who enjoy having their lungs feel like they're in a vice


Ideally a shorter version of this would be better, but in any case I think it's more in line with the "tobacco is for jerks" theme of Camals.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 13, 2016, 12:02:59 PM
Or could go a different route on this one, something like:

For those who enjoy having their lungs feel like they're in a vice


Ideally a shorter version of this would be better, but in any case I think it's more in line with the "tobacco is for jerks" theme of Camals.

Makes your lungs in a vice? I guess the "joy" part is missing in that one.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: quas on September 13, 2016, 01:05:57 PM
Makes your lungs in a vice? I guess the "joy" part is missing in that one.

That's why part of the quip is "For those who enjoy..."   Kinda lame on my part, I know, but jus' doin' the best I can....
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 13, 2016, 01:10:16 PM
That's why part of the quip is "For those who enjoy..."   Kinda lame on my part, I know, but jus' doin' the best I can....

Or maybe they could make it into a phrase like "For those who vicejoy,..."
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: quas on September 13, 2016, 01:30:33 PM
This is not easy.  Now we kind of have a feel for what the Topps writers went through, and they had to deal with censorship as well!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 13, 2016, 01:55:35 PM
This is not easy.  Now we kind of have a feel for what the Topps writers went through, and they had to deal with censorship as well!

It isn't easy, comedy is far from it. But what we need to realize is that we've spend not even a week on it. It's not like Topps had a time restraint... They had years to come up with gags, so they could've made them better.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on September 13, 2016, 02:40:14 PM
They had years to come up with gags, so they could've made them better.

How do you figure that? I'm sure the writers were under a lot of time pressure.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 13, 2016, 02:54:40 PM
How do you figure that? I'm sure the writers were under a lot of time pressure.

Do you really think so? I mean it's not like they already made it successful beforehand... I feel like 1973-1976 is when they were most pressured because of popularity and making sure to push out cards because of it.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on September 13, 2016, 03:03:51 PM
I didn't realize you were referring specifically to the die cuts, I'm not sure what the situation was with that specific set.


Do you really think so? I mean it's not like they already made it successful beforehand... I feel like 1973-1976 is when they were most pressured because of popularity and making sure to push out cards because of it.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 13, 2016, 03:04:34 PM
I didn't realize you were referring specifically to the die cuts, I'm not sure what the situation was with that specific set.

I'm not either, either way is a possibility.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 13, 2016, 04:55:09 PM
This is not easy.  Now we kind of have a feel for what the Topps writers went through, and they had to deal with censorship as well!
I disagree, this is not rocket science and we are not being paid for this and have come up with better gags with ease.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 13, 2016, 05:01:59 PM
How do you figure that? I'm sure the writers were under a lot of time pressure.
Who picked the products to make the gags?  Did the comic writers come up with product gag combos ie don't pick a product that doesn't lend itself to gags. Regardless watch how well we do.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 13, 2016, 05:03:50 PM
Diecuts #4 - Camals

Here's what happens when you smoke
Camals
Jerkish Blend
(Secret message on side) Smoking cigarettes may be hazardous to your health


Original product:
Camel
Turkish and Domestic Blend Cigarettes


I can see the gag here, and I guess 'jerkish' was the best rhyming word they could come up with. I can't really suggest anything here because there really isn't anything marginally wrong with the gag that I can frown upon.
First off, I would never pick this product to spoof but assuming they had to, I would have shown a rope around the Camels neck being jerked up with the tagline just as it is.  See, from weak gag to meaningful gag in two seconds....
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: DrSushi on September 13, 2016, 07:29:10 PM
First off, I would never pick this product to spoof but assuming they had to, I would have shown a rope around the Camels neck being jerked up with the tagline just as it is.  See, from weak gag to meaningful gag in two seconds....

That is definitely a better gag, nice! I seem to recall Jay explaining the Camal reference as having something to do with a politician in Egypt in the late 60's.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 13, 2016, 07:43:13 PM
That is definitely a better gag, nice! I seem to recall Jay explaining the Camal reference as having something to do with a politician in Egypt in the late 60's.
Well I am sure 99% of all grammar school kids who wackys were aimed as the target buying audience were all over tracking politicians in Egypt in the late 60s  :-\
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 14, 2016, 02:26:09 AM
Diecuts #5 - Campy

Campy
Condemned
Spider Soup


Real Product
Campbells
Condensed
Tomato Soup


What I personally think what would've been funny here is saying "Made with Demented Tomatoes" But the real question is, what does campy mean? I do really like this card either way, so discuss!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: quas on September 14, 2016, 04:47:44 AM
Diecuts #5 - Campy

Campy
Condemned
Spider Soup


Real Product
Campbells
Condensed
Tomato Soup


What I personally think what would've been funny here is saying "Made with Demented Tomatoes" But the real question is, what does campy mean? I do really like this card either way, so discuss!

Being so extreme that it has an amusing and sometimes perversely sophisticated appeal. Over the top and farcical, intentionally exaggerated so as not to be taken seriously. Found primarily in television, theatre and motion pictures, camp endeavors for satire and, for those who fully understand and appreciate the risible nature of its material, it's not surprising when it develops a cult following.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 14, 2016, 12:04:08 PM
Being so extreme that it has an amusing and sometimes perversely sophisticated appeal. Over the top and farcical, intentionally exaggerated so as not to be taken seriously. Found primarily in television, theatre and motion pictures, camp endeavors for satire and, for those who fully understand and appreciate the risible nature of its material, it's not surprising when it develops a cult following.

Hmm.. Sounds like a foreign language to me. I guess it sort of made sense in the last two words of that.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on September 14, 2016, 01:26:55 PM
Hmm.. Sounds like a foreign language to me. I guess it sort of made sense in the last two words of that.

The Batman TV series from the 60s is an example.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 14, 2016, 02:04:40 PM
The Batman TV series from the 60s is an example.

Ah,
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: quas on September 14, 2016, 02:22:04 PM
The Batman TV series from the 60s is an example.

Perfect example.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Beanball on September 14, 2016, 06:53:00 PM
Perfect example.
               
I'm liking this thread. Star Wars would be a fine example. Do not think spider soup would taste all that good though. Anyone ever try it?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 14, 2016, 07:34:21 PM
Being so extreme that it has an amusing and sometimes perversely sophisticated appeal. Over the top and farcical, intentionally exaggerated so as not to be taken seriously. Found primarily in television, theatre and motion pictures, camp endeavors for satire and, for those who fully understand and appreciate the risible nature of its material, it's not surprising when it develops a cult following.
so how does that definition of Campy help explain this gag?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 14, 2016, 07:49:00 PM
Diecuts #5 - Campy

Campy
Condemned
Spider Soup


Real Product
Campbells
Condensed
Tomato Soup


What I personally think what would've been funny here is saying "Made with Demented Tomatoes" But the real question is, what does campy mean? I do really like this card either way, so discuss!
Crampy
Constipated
Fiber soup

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 15, 2016, 02:14:22 AM
Crampy
Constipated
Fiber soup

That's too good. How much thought did you put into that?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 15, 2016, 02:18:32 AM
Diecuts #6 - Slum Maid

Slum Maid
Seedy
Raisins


Real Product
Sun Maid
Seedless
Raisins


They could've at least come up with something better than "seedy".. A lot of boxes and items never had pictures and they added them, so why not add another gag to this one.. Like "These will get you there."
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: quas on September 15, 2016, 05:09:17 AM
Diecuts #6 - Slum Maid

Slum Maid
Seedy
Raisins


Real Product
Sun Maid
Seedless
Raisins


They could've at least come up with something better than "seedy".. A lot of boxes and items never had pictures and they added them, so why not add another gag to this one.. Like "These will get you there."

"Needless"?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 15, 2016, 05:24:32 AM
That's too good. How much thought did you put into that?
I'll admit this one took me several minutes and some wikipedia digging to give me ideas as it was a hard one to spoof.  Most of the others are the first thing that comes to mind.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bigtomi on September 15, 2016, 08:21:48 AM
They could've at least come up with something better than "seedy"..
Actually, I think this one is more clever than most, as "seedy" ties in well with "slum", as in "those slums are definitely in the seedy part of town".
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 15, 2016, 12:07:05 PM
Actually, I think this one is more clever than most, as "seedy" ties in well with "slum", as in "those slums are definitely in the seedy part of town".

Yes but only people thinking about it are going to get the clever part of the gag.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on September 15, 2016, 01:24:35 PM
Actually, I think this one is more clever than most, as "seedy" ties in well with "slum", as in "those slums are definitely in the seedy part of town".

I agree. I think that's a great gag

I assume the slum maid is wearing top made from a flour sack.

She should have been serving something more appropriate, such as instant ramen, white bread, and soda pop.   And cigarettes.


   (http://www.wackypackages.org/stickers/die-cuts/fronts/slum_6_front_small_smaller_images.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 15, 2016, 02:04:41 PM
The "plate" appears to be an homage to the old cartoon stereotype  of a meal picked from a trash can served on an upside down  trash can lid ala TOP CAT.  I have always thought this was a pretty solid Wacky in terms of gag and execution.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 15, 2016, 03:44:24 PM
I guess seedy also of course works in the "close to the original word" category, but "shady" raisins is good too.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bigtomi on September 15, 2016, 05:39:02 PM
Yes but only people thinking about it are going to get the clever part of the gag.
Which is what makes it clever.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 15, 2016, 08:54:45 PM
The "plate" appears to be an homage to the old cartoon stereotype  of a meal picked from a trash can served on an upside down  trash can lid ala TOP CAT.  I have always thought this was a pretty solid Wacky in terms of gag and execution.
I agree, I think this gag is well done and the only one in our set so far.

If I were to come up with my own, I was going with
Sun Fade
Dried up Raisins

With the art being a box of full of sun scorched gasping raisins.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 16, 2016, 03:46:58 AM
Diecuts #7 - Spray Nit

Helene Cootie's
Spray Nit
Hair infester
Puts life in your scalp
Price 4 nits


Real product
Helene Curtis
Spray Net
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 16, 2016, 04:11:27 AM
Diecuts #7 - Spray Nit

Helene Cootie's
Spray Nit
Hair infester
Puts life in your scalp
Price 4 nits


Real product
Helene Curtis
Spray Net



IMO, another strong Wacky title with good gags and artwork. Nits, of course, being Lice eggs. The Curtis/Cooties is a nice play on words that dovetails into the critters theme on this one. "Puts life in your scalp"... nice.  My only suggested improvement would be replace scalp with hair since hair product advertising focuses on "life" and "volume" of hair. 

(https://s21.postimg.org/ll5kj12cz/spray_nit.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ll5kj12cz/)

(https://s11.postimg.org/a64v8jsdr/spray_net.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/a64v8jsdr/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on September 16, 2016, 10:32:53 AM
The "plate" appears to be an homage to the old cartoon stereotype  of a meal picked from a trash can served on an upside down  trash can lid ala TOP CAT.

Ah, I never realized that! Excellent. I always thought the "serving tray" was a bit large.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 16, 2016, 12:00:46 PM
The Spray Nit gag is pretty good.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 16, 2016, 07:45:10 PM

IMO, another strong Wacky title with good gags and artwork. Nits, of course, being Lice eggs. The Curtis/Cooties is a nice play on words that dovetails into the critters theme on this one. "Puts life in your scalp"... nice.  My only suggested improvement would be replace scalp with hair since hair product advertising focuses on "life" and "volume" of hair. 

(https://s21.postimg.org/ll5kj12cz/spray_nit.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ll5kj12cz/)

(https://s11.postimg.org/a64v8jsdr/spray_net.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/a64v8jsdr/)
I feel the  Helene Cooties is unnecessary and clutters up the gag.  I think the gag writers got lost a bit in feeling they needs to rhyme or use every word on the product.   Otherwise pretty strong gag.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 17, 2016, 03:21:04 AM
Diecuts #8 - Lavirus

Lavirus
R
Mouthwash and gurgle
More dentists recommend Lavirus because it brings patients


Real Product
Lavoris
Mouthwash and Gargle
More dentists use Lavoris
than any other mouthwash


I really think this is a strong card not just because of the artwork, but also the gag. One thing I don't like is that the gag says "Because it brings patients" that shouldn't be brought up in my opinion, it makes it a very long joke when it could've been shorter. Other than that, I really like this gag and card.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 17, 2016, 05:46:27 AM
Diecuts #8 - Lavirus

Lavirus
R
Mouthwash and gurgle
More dentists recommend Lavirus because it brings patients


Real Product
Lavoris
Mouthwash and Gargle
More dentists use Lavoris
than any other mouthwash


I really think this is a strong card not just because of the artwork, but also the gag. One thing I don't like is that the gag says "Because it brings patients" that shouldn't be brought up in my opinion, it makes it a very long joke when it could've been shorter. Other than that, I really like this gag and card.
Changing gargle to gurgle is of no value and hurts the gag, if mouthwash could be used, then leave Gargle in there.  I think it should "doctors recommend" as Dentists don't deal with Virus's.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 17, 2016, 07:36:49 AM
Diecuts #8 - Lavirus

Lavirus
R
Mouthwash and gurgle
More dentists recommend Lavirus because it brings patients


Real Product
Lavoris
Mouthwash and Gargle
More dentists use Lavoris
than any other mouthwash


I really think this is a strong card not just because of the artwork, but also the gag. One thing I don't like is that the gag says "Because it brings patients" that shouldn't be brought up in my opinion, it makes it a very long joke when it could've been shorter. Other than that, I really like this gag and card.


How about a change up on the tag line to be... "More morticians recommend Lavirus
than any other mouthwash" 

(https://s22.postimg.org/zd1pcc33h/lavirus.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/zd1pcc33h/)

(https://s21.postimg.org/wd5fmtf0z/Lavoris.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wd5fmtf0z/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on September 17, 2016, 10:22:31 AM
"Recommended by dentists who want more patients"


Diecuts #8 - Lavirus

Lavirus
R
Mouthwash and gurgle
More dentists recommend Lavirus because it brings patients


Real Product
Lavoris
Mouthwash and Gargle
More dentists use Lavoris
than any other mouthwash


I really think this is a strong card not just because of the artwork, but also the gag. One thing I don't like is that the gag says "Because it brings patients" that shouldn't be brought up in my opinion, it makes it a very long joke when it could've been shorter. Other than that, I really like this gag and card.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 18, 2016, 02:43:47 AM
Diecuts #9 - Paul Maul

Paul Maul
Peculiar Cigarettes
Wherever peculiar people congregate
In hock shops everywhere


Real product
Pall Mall
Famous Cigarettes
Wherever particular people congregate
In Hoc Signo Vinces
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 18, 2016, 06:03:11 AM
"Recommended by dentists who want more patients"
Isn't the core of the spoof, the "virus" part of Lavirus?  Why Dentists over Doctors? How many dentists get patients due to virus?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 18, 2016, 06:03:48 AM

How about a change up on the tag line to be... "More morticians recommend Lavoris
than any other mouthwash" 

(https://s22.postimg.org/zd1pcc33h/lavirus.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/zd1pcc33h/)

(https://s21.postimg.org/wd5fmtf0z/Lavoris.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wd5fmtf0z/)
I don't think the actual product name is allowed to be anywhere in the gag.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 18, 2016, 06:12:30 AM
Diecuts #9 - Paul Maul

Paul Maul
Peculiar Cigarettes
Wherever peculiar people congregate
In hock shops everywhere


Real product
Pall Mall
Famous Cigarettes
Wherever particular people congregate
In Hoc Signo Vinces


Has to be some 1960's inside joke that kids couldn't possible get.  Other than Paul Maul being notorious for being short printed in series 1 and being an original diecut title, this is a complete bomb in my book.

How about:
Paul Mall
Famous Vinettes
Where people named Paul Congregate
In Cigarette packs

The art would be cigarettes with people's faces such as Paul McCartney, Paul Newman, Paul Revere
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 18, 2016, 06:23:55 AM
Has to be some 1960's inside joke that kids couldn't possible get.  Other than Paul Maul being notorious for being short printed in series 1 and being an original diecut title, this is a complete bomb in my book.

How about:
Paul Mall
Famous Vinettes
Where people named Paul Congregate
In Cigarette packs

The art would be cigarettes with people's faces such as Paul McCartney, Paul Newman, Paul Revere

Originates in Pauland.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 18, 2016, 07:00:54 AM
Originates in Pauland.
:great:
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on September 18, 2016, 09:07:08 AM
True, but I understand sticking with "dentists" because that was part of the Lavoris slogan and dentists would recommend a mouthwash over a doctor. In my mind, it can give you a virus as cause lots of damage to your mouth.

These were aimed at kids, and as a kid, I LOVED this title.
To me, this one was a roaring success.

Isn't the core of the spoof, the "virus" part of Lavirus?  Why Dentists over Doctors? How many dentists get patients due to virus?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on September 18, 2016, 09:19:07 AM
This one shows a tendency to make slight changes. Change "particular" to "peculiar." (Which I really like.) Change "hoc" to "hock." The art is designed to be almost passable as the real product, unless you take a second glance.

This title never did much for me as a kid, but I appreciate it more as an adult for some reason. I used to think it looked plain, but now I think the subtle characters look goofy and funny. Or maybe I'm swayed by the fact that it's harder to find!

Diecuts #9 - Paul Maul

Paul Maul
Peculiar Cigarettes
Wherever peculiar people congregate
In hock shops everywhere


Real product
Pall Mall
Famous Cigarettes
Wherever particular people congregate
In Hoc Signo Vinces

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on September 18, 2016, 09:55:52 AM
I can only speak for myself, but I could not have cared less about gag quality as a kid. I was drawn to the realistic packaging art, the characters, and anything that looked cool and unique. I loved the cigarette titles just because there was something different about them.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 18, 2016, 11:14:25 AM
I can only speak for myself, but I could not have cared less about gag quality as a kid. I was drawn to the realistic packaging art, the characters, and anything that looked cool and unique. I loved the cigarette titles just because there was something different about them.
I agree that the total gag didn't make or break it as a kid yet every kid in the neighborhood knew about Mrs Klean's desire to wipe the floor with Mr. Klean and annoyed our teachers by chewing bubble gum in class.  Gag's were way more than a 0% influence for my whole gang.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on September 18, 2016, 11:34:07 AM
I can only speak for myself, but I could not have cared less about gag quality as a kid. I was drawn to the realistic packaging art, the characters, and anything that looked cool and unique. I loved the cigarette titles just because there was something different about them.

The realistic packaging drew me in, too, but I also preferred the ones that had great gags to boot.  I think that's why I so liked Awful Bits and Cap'n Crud - not only did they capture the boxes, there were really funny gags about products we actually had in the house!  Ajerx too - really looked like the can, and had that wonderful character.  Although the gag eluded me on Blunder, it looked just like my beloved Wonder Bread, and that guy was so darn goofy!  I wore my Blunder t-shirt until it was threadbare.

My parents didn't smoke, so I mostly only saw cigarette packages behind the counter, but that was enough for me to really like Camals!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 18, 2016, 11:36:25 AM
I can only speak for myself, but I could not have cared less about gag quality as a kid. I was drawn to the realistic packaging art, the characters, and anything that looked cool and unique. I loved the cigarette titles just because there was something different about them.
I think you will find this thread to be frustrating since it is titled and has been about critiquing the gags.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on September 18, 2016, 11:37:34 AM
I was only six when the 1st series came out, so I may have been too young to really think much about the gags.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on September 18, 2016, 11:39:19 AM
I think you will find this thread to be frustrating since it is titled and has been about critiquing the gags.

Seems like an appropriate place to discuss how important gags are to you. But I have nothing further to add so I'll leave you to it.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 18, 2016, 11:40:11 AM
The realistic packaging drew me in, too, but I also preferred the ones that had great gags to boot.  I think that's why I so liked Awful Bits and Cap'n Crud - not only did they capture the boxes, there were really funny gags about products we actually had in the house!  Ajerx too - really looked like the can, and had that wonderful character.  Although the gag eluded me on Blunder, it looked just like my beloved Wonder Bread, and that guy was so darn goofy!  I wore my Blunder t-shirt until it was threadbare.

My parents didn't smoke, so I mostly only saw cigarette packages behind the counter, but that was enough for me to really like Camals!
And we ALL remembered the wacky titles which of course is part of the gag,I doubt we ever said the word "hostess" in our house after seeing Hostage cupcakes.  Peanuts have always been  "Plastered".  We loved calling everything Dopey Whip and that sure isn't one the best art pieces.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 18, 2016, 01:40:39 PM
Seems like an appropriate place to discuss how important gags are to you. But I have nothing further to add so I'll leave you to it.
Me and the others playing along. I think you have a lot to offer as you are a bright guy but if you don't find any fun in redoing the original gags, so be it!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on September 18, 2016, 05:48:28 PM
I've always thought Camals was a great sight gag with the upside down camel. And also spot on in taking on cigarettes. The rest of the text didn't matter much to me, including the meaningless title, because it was both powerful (cigarettes will kill you) and funny (camel balancing on its hump.)

But, yeah, Awful Bits and especially Cap'n Crud ruled. Cap'n Crunch was one of my fave cereals at the time and the sticker has such a great character. "Inside: Real Pirate!" struck me as funny.

But maybe we're getting ahead of ourselves...

The realistic packaging drew me in, too, but I also preferred the ones that had great gags to boot.  I think that's why I so liked Awful Bits and Cap'n Crud - not only did they capture the boxes, there were really funny gags about products we actually had in the house!  Ajerx too - really looked like the can, and had that wonderful character.  Although the gag eluded me on Blunder, it looked just like my beloved Wonder Bread, and that guy was so darn goofy!  I wore my Blunder t-shirt until it was threadbare.

My parents didn't smoke, so I mostly only saw cigarette packages behind the counter, but that was enough for me to really like Camals!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on September 18, 2016, 05:54:15 PM
Although I was older when I started collecting, I had some of that in me, too. Only years later did I realize there were some stickers where I didn't even read the whole thing! And I always loved a good gag!

I can only speak for myself, but I could not have cared less about gag quality as a kid. I was drawn to the realistic packaging art, the characters, and anything that looked cool and unique. I loved the cigarette titles just because there was something different about them.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 18, 2016, 05:59:14 PM
I've always thought Camals was a great sight gag with the upside down camel. And also spot on in taking on cigarettes. The rest of the text didn't matter much to me, including the meaningless title, because it was both powerful (cigarettes will kill you) and funny (camel balancing on its hump.)

But, yeah, Awful Bits and especially Cap'n Crud ruled. Cap'n Crunch was one of my fave cereals at the time and the sticker has such a great character. "Inside: Real Pirate!" struck me as funny.

But maybe we're getting ahead of ourselves...
I agree with you that Camals from a lasting image and knock on cigarettes is effective!  Looks like we all can't wait to get deeper into series 1 and 2 :-)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 18, 2016, 06:00:10 PM
Although I was older when I started collecting, I had some of that in me, too. Only years later did I realize there were some stickers where I didn't even read the whole thing! And I always loved a good gag!
Many of us never realized until recently that Skimpy said beanut putter.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 19, 2016, 02:35:53 AM
I agree with you that Camals from a lasting image and knock on cigarettes is effective!  Looks like we all can't wait to get deeper into series 1 and 2 :-)

This was a question I've been meaning to ask.. Should Wacky Ads and Series 2 both be done, and also Series 1?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 19, 2016, 02:39:45 AM
Diecuts #10 - Dopey Whip

Dopey Whip
Dessert Topping
Use for all purposes


Real Product
Lucky Whip
Dessert Topping


What really bothers me here is that they never changed dessert topping, they could've made it "Desert Topping". I mean, it is Dopey Whip, right?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on September 19, 2016, 05:07:47 AM
This was a question I've been meaning to ask.. Should Wacky Ads and Series 2 both be done, and also Series 1?

Sorry if I sidetracked things by mentioning later titles.   :-[

Series 1 will be covered by the die cuts.  The Wacky Ads/Series 2 question is tougher, but the Ads include some titles that weren't used later, as well as extra gags, so it seems to make sense to go through those since this thread is basically about the gags.  Maybe with Series 2 just go through the titles that were brand new, and Gurgle Baby Food, since that changed?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 19, 2016, 09:00:54 AM
Diecuts #10 - Dopey Whip

Dopey Whip
Dessert Topping
Use for all purposes


Real Product
Lucky Whip
Dessert Topping





What really bothers me here is that they never changed dessert topping, they could've made it "Desert Topping". I mean, it is Dopey Whip, right?
(http://s18.postimg.org/xn4uxh3px/dopey_whip.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/xn4uxh3px/)

(http://s18.postimg.org/9xk0miuqd/Lucky_Whip.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/9xk0miuqd/)

Since its Dopey Whip, why not: "Duh"-sert topping?   Or since there is a practical joke being perpetrated on the front, how about "Just Desserts Topping"?

I always really liked the artwork and can/foam rendering on this one. Extra points for strong visual appeal  but minus a few parody points.  Lucky to Dopey is a bit of a stretch.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: slamjim on September 19, 2016, 10:23:07 AM
(http://s18.postimg.org/xn4uxh3px/dopey_whip.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/xn4uxh3px/)

(http://s18.postimg.org/9xk0miuqd/Lucky_Whip.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/9xk0miuqd/)

Since its Dopey Whip, why not: "Duh"-sert topping?   Or since there is a practical joke being perpetrated on the front, how about "Just Desserts Topping"?

I always really liked the artwork and can/foam rendering on this one. Extra points for strong visual appeal  but minus a few parody points.  Lucky to Dopey is a bit of a stretch.

Yeah, Lucky to Dopey always bothered me as well. Could have just gone with Unlucky Whip. The foaming can at the top can stay the same as the can exploding in your face is the gag. Keep both figures and just change the guy foaming the face of the other guy and laughing into the guy pointing and laughing as the guy has the can exploding into his face as he opens it. Maybe change Dessert Topping to Defective Topping
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on September 19, 2016, 12:47:17 PM
"Just Desserts Topping." I like that!

(http://s18.postimg.org/xn4uxh3px/dopey_whip.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/xn4uxh3px/)

(http://s18.postimg.org/9xk0miuqd/Lucky_Whip.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/9xk0miuqd/)

Since its Dopey Whip, why not: "Duh"-sert topping?   Or since there is a practical joke being perpetrated on the front, how about "Just Desserts Topping"?

I always really liked the artwork and can/foam rendering on this one. Extra points for strong visual appeal  but minus a few parody points.  Lucky to Dopey is a bit of a stretch.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on September 19, 2016, 12:52:07 PM
A little off topic: One thing I appreciate about the original series is the artistic license taken to fill out the sticker. You can see how much longer and thinner the actual can is, but the sticker works because the ratio was altered so the art would fill out the canvas. It makes such a difference.

In my mind, too many of the ANS images were made exactly to scale and got lost with too much white space on the card. Not to mention practically needing a magnifying glass to read the smaller type.


(http://s18.postimg.org/xn4uxh3px/dopey_whip.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/xn4uxh3px/)

(http://s18.postimg.org/9xk0miuqd/Lucky_Whip.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/9xk0miuqd/)

Since its Dopey Whip, why not: "Duh"-sert topping?   Or since there is a practical joke being perpetrated on the front, how about "Just Desserts Topping"?

I always really liked the artwork and can/foam rendering on this one. Extra points for strong visual appeal  but minus a few parody points.  Lucky to Dopey is a bit of a stretch.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on September 19, 2016, 12:54:28 PM
I don't think the ads sold very well so they rebooted and used the same titles on stickers. As for me, I'm happy they did.

This was a question I've been meaning to ask.. Should Wacky Ads and Series 2 both be done, and also Series 1?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on September 19, 2016, 05:01:37 PM
Diecuts #6 - Slum Maid

Slum Maid
Seedy
Raisins


Real Product
Sun Maid
Seedless
Raisins


How about Slum Maid....Sleezy Maidens!

They could've at least come up with something better than "seedy".. A lot of boxes and items never had pictures and they added them, so why not add another gag to this one.. Like "These will get you there."
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on September 19, 2016, 05:05:56 PM
Changing gargle to gurgle is of no value and hurts the gag, if mouthwash could be used, then leave Gargle in there.  I think it should "doctors recommend" as Dentists don't deal with Virus's.

How about:

you'll slur your words with...

Lavirus -- Mouthwash and Garble

It'll make you speechless!


Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on September 19, 2016, 05:08:19 PM
True, but I understand sticking with "dentists" because that was part of the Lavoris slogan and dentists would recommend a mouthwash over a doctor. In my mind, it can give you a virus as cause lots of damage to your mouth.

These were aimed at kids, and as a kid, I LOVED this title.
To me, this one was a roaring success.

I just always loved this one because the artwork was one of the best ever.  Loved the creatures in the bottle.  Similar to My Sink.  The stuff in the bottle make it an awesome Wacky!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on September 19, 2016, 06:42:19 PM
I agree. I think that's a great gag

I assume the slum maid is wearing top made from a flour sack.

She should have been serving something more appropriate, such as instant ramen, white bread, and soda pop.   And cigarettes.


   (http://www.wackypackages.org/stickers/die-cuts/fronts/slum_6_front_small_smaller_images.jpg)

I disagree. Fish bones and tin cans is an excellent visual for someone living in a 1960s cartoon world slum, digging out of garbage cans. Ramen noodles are kind of a "modern age" thing.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on September 19, 2016, 06:50:38 PM
That is definitely a better gag, nice! I seem to recall Jay explaining the Camal reference as having something to do with a politician in Egypt in the late 60's.
Yep - I think I remember reading that the spoof was inspired by an Egyptian politician named Gamals.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on September 19, 2016, 07:01:36 PM
"Seedy" is absolutely perfect!

Diecuts #6 - Slum Maid

Slum Maid
Seedy
Raisins


Real Product
Sun Maid
Seedless
Raisins


They could've at least come up with something better than "seedy".. A lot of boxes and items never had pictures and they added them, so why not add another gag to this one.. Like "These will get you there."
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on September 19, 2016, 07:03:36 PM
How dare you?! I am offended, sir!

Changing gargle to gurgle is of no value and hurts the gag
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 19, 2016, 07:25:25 PM
How dare you?! I am offended, sir!

Agreed. Gurgle is definitely a funnier word than Gargle. And implies less free will. Of course, as we are being reminded in this thread, humor is VERY subjective.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: DrSushi on September 19, 2016, 07:28:26 PM
Yep - I think I remember reading that the spoof was inspired by an Egyptian politician named Gamals.

That's it! According to Wikipedia Gamal Abdel Nasser was the second president of Egypt, serving from 1956 until his death in 1970.

I wondered why my search for Camal and Egypt was fruitless. Thanks!!

Still a lousy gag.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 19, 2016, 07:29:55 PM
This was a question I've been meaning to ask.. Should Wacky Ads and Series 2 both be done, and also Series 1?
Series 1 will be covered by the diecut set.  Lets do series 2 through the wacky ads so we can knock off some of the non repeats in the wacky ad set.  The fun part of this thread, no rules, we will bounce around a bit as it happens naturally.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 19, 2016, 07:35:45 PM
Yeah, Lucky to Dopey always bothered me as well. Could have just gone with Unlucky Whip. The foaming can at the top can stay the same as the can exploding in your face is the gag. Keep both figures and just change the guy foaming the face of the other guy and laughing into the guy pointing and laughing as the guy has the can exploding into his face as he opens it. Maybe change Dessert Topping to Defective Topping
I love it!  Maybe even Mucky whip.  I did love saying "dopey whip" but this gag is really weak.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 19, 2016, 07:36:38 PM
A little off topic: One thing I appreciate about the original series is the artistic license taken to fill out the sticker. You can see how much longer and thinner the actual can is, but the sticker works because the ratio was altered so the art would fill out the canvas. It makes such a difference.

In my mind, too many of the ANS images were made exactly to scale and got lost with too much white space on the card. Not to mention practically needing a magnifying glass to read the smaller type.
Toadally agree! Wider art, less congestion of the words!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 20, 2016, 02:36:59 AM
Diecuts #11 - Cracked Jerk

Cracked Jerk
Surprise nothing inside!


Real product
Cracker Jack
Toy Surprise Inside
Candied Popcorn and nuts


They really went minimalist with this one.. Why not Nopcorn and Puts?  :-[
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 20, 2016, 12:01:29 PM
Looks like Cracked Jerk is a bum card around here..
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on September 20, 2016, 12:08:55 PM
I disagree. Fish bones and tin cans is an excellent visual for someone living in a 1960s cartoon world slum, digging out of garbage cans. Ramen noodles are kind of a "modern age" thing.

I guess I'm not quite old enough to remember people digging stuff out of garbage cans.

On the other hand, back in 1995 I went through a tough period, using drugs, and me and a buddy
dug food out of a dumpster at a large grocery outlet. Food that was slightly out of date and
produce that was a bit on the old side. We had a feast. And then we smoked some more crack.

Seriously. We were a couple of cracked jerks.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on September 20, 2016, 12:28:12 PM
I like the character's expression of horror.   Is there a reason the dog is biting the leg that feeds him?


   (http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z332/rbishop224/Cracked%20jerk_zpsibyjy4bh.png)

(Thanks to Jason and Greg for their fine images)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 20, 2016, 01:48:39 PM
I like the character's expression of horror.   Is there a reason the dog is biting the leg that feeds him?


   (http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z332/rbishop224/Cracked%20jerk_zpsibyjy4bh.png)

(Thanks to Jason and Greg for their fine images)

Perhaps, the dog is the title Jerk. I always liked this one. Nice and simple. Gag economy. I consumed a lot of Cracker Jack as a kid and always had a special place for the Wacky parodies of the products I used. 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on September 20, 2016, 04:42:00 PM
Perhaps, the dog is the title Jerk. I always liked this one. Nice and simple. Gag economy. I consumed a lot of Cracker Jack as a kid and always had a special place for the Wacky parodies of the products I used.

Seems like "Boring" could have gone where "Borden" was.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: DrSushi on September 20, 2016, 06:21:58 PM
Seems like "Boring" could have gone where "Borden" was.

How about a tag line like - broken snack pieces

Or - it'll break your teeth

Or - snack for jerks who dress like sailors

I'm guessing they would frown on substituting "seamen" for "sailors"

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 20, 2016, 06:30:45 PM
Seems like "Boring" could have gone where "Borden" was.

I like that. Or even "Boredom" or "Burden" to mimic the actual. Ya know... it may be cool to see some of these "re-imaginings" of original series titles done up for the 50th anniversary. Who do we know that is artistic?  :]
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on September 20, 2016, 07:01:52 PM
That's it! According to Wikipedia Gamal Abdel Nasser was the second president of Egypt, serving from 1956 until his death in 1970.

I wondered why my search for Camal and Egypt was fruitless. Thanks!!

Still a lousy gag.

I read somewhere that yes, the gag is based on Gamals, but it was also lifted from a MAD magazine joke as well
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: DrSushi on September 20, 2016, 07:16:59 PM
I read somewhere that yes, the gag is based on Gamals, but it was also lifted from a MAD magazine joke as well

Interesting, thanks!

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 21, 2016, 02:32:20 AM
Diecuts #12 - Crust

Crust
Garlic Flavor
Tooth Paste
Tastes Lousy
Brush teeth twice a month


Real Product
Crest
Fluoristan
Toothpaste
Large Size


The gags here are stretching from the original product, but they are good.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 21, 2016, 06:38:40 AM
Diecuts #12 - Crust

Crust
Garlic Flavor
Tooth Paste
Tastes Lousy
Brush teeth twice a month


Real Product
Crest
Fluoristan
Toothpaste
Large Size


The gags here are stretching from the original product, but they are good.


Another simple, straight forward title. Seems like something could be done with "flouristan" like "taste you can't stand". Another product we used at our house so a favorite.

(http://s10.postimg.org/6cbpr0cpx/Crest_Box.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/6cbpr0cpx/)

(http://s10.postimg.org/4yk2vpdgl/crust.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/4yk2vpdgl/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on September 21, 2016, 09:11:55 AM
Good example of simple and effective. I was SO familiar with the packaging of this product and that always helped. It seemed radical to see the iconic character on Cracker Jack being bitten by his dog. It was so subversive and delightful. Of course, I was young and that was a long time ago when things were simpler.

"Surprise! Nothing Inside!" always worked for me, too.



I like the character's expression of horror.   Is there a reason the dog is biting the leg that feeds him?


   (http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z332/rbishop224/Cracked%20jerk_zpsibyjy4bh.png)

(Thanks to Jason and Greg for their fine images)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on September 21, 2016, 09:13:45 AM
Since the name is Crust and it rots teeth, it might have worked to have it be frosting.

Diecuts #12 - Crust

Crust
Garlic Flavor
Tooth Paste
Tastes Lousy
Brush teeth twice a month


Real Product
Crest
Fluoristan
Toothpaste
Large Size


The gags here are stretching from the original product, but they are good.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on September 21, 2016, 09:23:43 AM
Since the name is Crust and it rots teeth, it might have worked to have it be frosting.

Yeah, garlic wouldn't do much damage to teeth. "Frosting Flavor" or maybe "Cement tooth paste" would be better supporting text for a product called "Crust" which would destroy your teeth.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on September 21, 2016, 11:39:51 AM
Come to think of it, crust is for pie and frosting is for cake, so I'm not sure that makes sense after all.

Since the name is Crust and it rots teeth, it might have worked to have it be frosting.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 22, 2016, 02:18:11 AM
Diecuts #13 - Kook Aid

Kook Aid
Instant soft drink mix (up)
2 Quarts will drive you kooky


Real product
Kool Aid
Instant Soft Drink - Add sugar
Makes 2 Quarts
Grape Imitation Flavor


Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: BustedFinger on September 22, 2016, 09:15:08 AM
(http://s10.postimg.org/4yk2vpdgl/crust.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/4yk2vpdgl/)

I've always said that Crust is the most iconic Wacky to me.  I think it is a perfect gag for a toothpaste parody and they only had to change one letter of the product name! Also the fact that it was on the Original Series wrappers made it special.  Whenever I explain to someone what Wacky Packages are, I always use "Crust instead of Crest" as an example.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 22, 2016, 10:53:08 AM
Diecuts #13 - Kook Aid

Kook Aid
Instant soft drink mix (up)
2 Quarts will drive you kooky


Real product
Kool Aid
Instant Soft Drink - Add sugar
Makes 2 Quarts
Grape Imitation Flavor


Like CRUST, this is one I always considered an iconic WP. Another simple one letter replacement in the name. The kid fishing in the pitcher always makes me smile. The kooky, mixed-up face on the pitcher ties this one all together nicely. (I always thought that smiling face wiped in the pitcher perspiration on the actual Kool-Aid packet was one of those instances of marketing genius).  One of my favorite 5 Wackies of all time. This is another product we consumed in mass quantities at my household. I think my mother was brainwashed into believing that sugar was good for us. Few things can transport me back to being 10 years old like a packet of Kool-Aid, or a Kook-Aid sticker.

(http://s15.postimg.org/41vi4sdqv/Kook_aid2.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/41vi4sdqv/)

(http://s15.postimg.org/fs9fm66jb/kookaid1.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/fs9fm66jb/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: jaylynch on September 22, 2016, 08:17:30 PM
It was thru this ish of Cracked mag that we all got together and did fanzines as kids.  Paul Laikin was editor, and he wrote this piece.  Later he worked on the Wacky stuff with us and so a few of the basic old Cracked gags are repeated on Wackys years later.  http://www.lostwackys.com/Wacky-Packages/1st-series/1st-series-Camals-r.htm

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 23, 2016, 02:24:06 AM
Diecuts #14 - Alcohol Seltzer

Get drunk with
Alcohol Seltzer
Hic Hic


Real product
Alka Seltzer

I can't read the rest of the words there.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on September 23, 2016, 07:19:33 AM
I've always said that Crust is the most iconic Wacky to me.  I think it is a perfect gag for a toothpaste parody and they only had to change one letter of the product name! Also the fact that it was on the Original Series wrappers made it special.  Whenever I explain to someone what Wacky Packages are, I always use "Crust instead of Crest" as an example.

Agreed.  Simple but effective, and very memorable.  Looking at the actual package from the early seventies, it seems they decided to switch the location of the red triangle.  I wonder why?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 23, 2016, 08:13:44 AM
Diecuts #14 - Alcohol Seltzer

Get drunk with
Alcohol Seltzer
Hic Hic


Real product
Alka Seltzer

I can't read the rest of the words there.

Decent parody on this WP but it was never one of my favorites. Not a household item for us either. We got Baking Soda and water when we had stomach aches. Its interesting that a caricature of Speedy, the Alka-Seltzer mascot, was used on the WP but did not appear on the actual product. This may reflect how much exposure he had at the time from the television commercials and print ads.

(http://s21.postimg.org/pxkcw2cyb/alcohol_selter1.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/pxkcw2cyb/)

(http://s21.postimg.org/tv7mlgzrn/alcohol_selter2.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/tv7mlgzrn/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on September 23, 2016, 09:46:40 AM
Great image, simple gag. I really like the quirky addition of having a kid fishing in the pitcher. Unusual stuff like that can add so much interest.

Diecuts #13 - Kook Aid

Kook Aid
Instant soft drink mix (up)
2 Quarts will drive you kooky


Real product
Kool Aid
Instant Soft Drink - Add sugar
Makes 2 Quarts
Grape Imitation Flavor

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 24, 2016, 01:57:32 AM
Diecuts #15 - Demented Tomatoes

Demented
Rotten Tomatoes


Real product
Del Monte
Stewed Tomatoes


If you ask me, this is a perfect example of a simple, but effective gag. Also, the artwork is great. Definitely up there with my favorite Wackys.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 24, 2016, 07:47:14 AM
Diecuts #15 - Demented Tomatoes

Demented
Rotten Tomatoes


Real product
Del Monte
Stewed Tomatoes


If you ask me, this is a perfect example of a simple, but effective gag. Also, the artwork is great. Definitely up there with my favorite Wackys.

The dead eye on the tomato on the right, has always made this one terrific for me. Nice parody, great artwork. This one scared my younger sister so I could chase her around the house with it for hours. Torment, like only a sibling can dish out.


(http://s18.postimg.org/q5rh6ufqt/demented1.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/q5rh6ufqt/)

(http://s18.postimg.org/xzs2s8njp/demented2.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/xzs2s8njp/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 25, 2016, 03:48:59 AM
Diecuts #16 - Pure Hex

Pure Hex
Powerful Bleach
Removes stains and cloth


Real Product
Purex
Bleach
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 25, 2016, 06:44:29 AM
Diecuts #16 - Pure Hex

Pure Hex
Powerful Bleach
Removes stains and cloth


Real Product
Purex
Bleach


Perhaps, not one of the most memorable Wackies. Could have borrowed the old MAD magazine standard and tagged it "Powerful Blech"

(http://s18.postimg.org/yu7ohyufp/purehex1.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/yu7ohyufp/)

(http://s18.postimg.org/6vdir3st1/purehex2.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/6vdir3st1/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 25, 2016, 12:48:06 PM
I do like the name but not the gag or artwork.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 26, 2016, 02:34:21 AM
Diecuts #17 - Weakies

Weakies
Breakfast of Chumps
Generally Moldy
Messy Untoasted Half - Cooked Flakes


Real Product
Wheaties
Breakfast of Champs
General Mills
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 26, 2016, 12:41:47 PM
Diecuts #17 - Weakies

Weakies
Breakfast of Chumps
Generally Moldy
Messy Untoasted Half - Cooked Flakes


Real Product
Wheaties
Breakfast of Champs
General Mills


I think most will agree this is one of the iconic Wackies. Nice parody. Simple. Terrific artwork.  The "Messy Untoasted Half - Cooked Flakes" tag line, not really even needed. There may have been something similar on an actual box from that time frame, but I didn't see one.



(http://s9.postimg.org/br446occb/weakies1.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/br446occb/)

(http://s9.postimg.org/sg5k2l8xn/weakies2.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/sg5k2l8xn/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Ruffs on September 26, 2016, 02:45:34 PM
Scot & Mark. You 2 are doing a great job. Keep it going. Scot can you get pictures for the 1st 3 or 4 diecuts  without the real product?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 26, 2016, 03:18:39 PM
Yeah I'm sure when people think of Wackies they probably think of this one of many. Pretty good gag since it's definitely the best combination of words.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 26, 2016, 03:19:42 PM
Scot & Mark. You 2 are doing a great job. Keep it going. Scot can you get pictures for the 1st 3 or 4 diecuts  without the real product?

Thanks! As to Scot, thank you for adding the products!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 27, 2016, 02:43:44 AM
Diecuts #18 - Schmutz

Move down to Schmutz
Know the joy of dirty living
The beer that made Milwaukee burp


Real Product
Schlitz
The beer that made Milwaukee famous
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on September 27, 2016, 05:12:04 AM
Real Product
Schitz


LOL. I've heard it called that name a bunch of times.  ;D
The gag writers Probably wanted to use that on the wacky too.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on September 27, 2016, 09:36:17 AM
The tomatoes are fantastically demented.

Diecuts #15 - Demented Tomatoes

Demented
Rotten Tomatoes


Real product
Del Monte
Stewed Tomatoes


If you ask me, this is a perfect example of a simple, but effective gag. Also, the artwork is great. Definitely up there with my favorite Wackys.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on September 27, 2016, 09:37:01 AM
Could have used a witch.

Diecuts #16 - Pure Hex

Pure Hex
Powerful Bleach
Removes stains and cloth


Real Product
Purex
Bleach

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on September 27, 2016, 09:37:52 AM
Great title and great art. Sometimes, that's all it takes.

Diecuts #17 - Weakies

Weakies
Breakfast of Chumps
Generally Moldy
Messy Untoasted Half - Cooked Flakes


Real Product
Wheaties
Breakfast of Champs
General Mills

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 27, 2016, 12:46:02 PM
LOL. I've heard it called that name a bunch of times.  ;D
The gag writers Probably wanted to use that on the wacky too.

WELL... Fixed that one. Haha
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on September 27, 2016, 07:03:14 PM
The tomatoes are fantastically demented.

I get a lot of compliments on my Demented Tomatoes shirts!  I wish this had been used in Series 1 as a sticker so I could have seen it a lot sooner than I eventually did.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 28, 2016, 02:24:44 AM
Diecuts #19 - Minute Lice

Minute Lice
Pre-Cooked Lice
Long Skinny Type
Makes 6 Sloppy Servings


Real Product
Minute Rice
Enriched Rice Cooked ?


Can't really find pictures of the old product. Scot, take the reins.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on September 28, 2016, 06:43:25 AM
I think most will agree this is one of the iconic Wackies. Nice parody. Simple. Terrific artwork.  The "Messy Untoasted Half - Cooked Flakes" tag line, not really even needed. There may have been something similar on an actual box from that time frame, but I didn't see one.

Breakfast of Chumps  -  Probably the best tag line of all Wacky's ever!!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 28, 2016, 09:14:12 AM
Breakfast of Chumps  -  Probably the best tag line of all Wacky's ever!!

Yeah, you just don't hear people called chumps, galoots, or lugs anymore. Sniff.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 28, 2016, 12:05:42 PM
Updated
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on September 28, 2016, 12:44:40 PM
Yeah, you just don't hear people called chumps, galoots, or lugs anymore. Sniff.

I agree. However, "Breakfast of Chumpions" would have been a funny pun. Reminds me - wasn't there a guy on the old forum with the last name Wackel who made his own home-made parodies called Wackel Packelges?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 29, 2016, 02:01:20 AM
Diecuts #20 - Gadzooka

Gadzooka
Annoy Your Teacher
Chew Bubble Gum in Class


Real Product
Original Bazooka
Bubble Gum


I think this might be the most iconic wacky, so I can't complain about the gag. It's memorable!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 30, 2016, 02:18:42 AM
Diecuts #21 - Moron Salt

Moron Salt
When it rains, the salt doesn't pour


Real Product
Morton Salt
When it rains it pours


Fair enough..
If the forum has lost interest in this thread, I'll stop posting here because I've seen how much this thread has been neglected lately.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 30, 2016, 03:58:40 AM

If the forum has lost interest in this thread, I'll stop posting here because I've seen how much this thread has been neglected lately.

Sometimes real life pulls people away for periods of time. I would suggest slowing the pace down. Maybe 2 or 3 a week instead of daily?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 30, 2016, 07:26:28 AM
Diecuts #20 - Gadzooka

Gadzooka
Annoy Your Teacher
Chew Bubble Gum in Class


Real Product
Original Bazooka
Bubble Gum




Sorry, was away on vacation, I rarely spend any time on this forum when on vacation.  I am not going to go back and comment on all of the past titles discussed here so will just start here.

Agree this is truly iconic, all of the kids quoted "annoy your teacher, chew bubblegum in class" on regular basis.
I think this might be the most iconic wacky, so I can't complain about the gag. It's memorable!

We didn't care much for the "gad"zooka but the art and rest of the taglines made it!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 30, 2016, 07:29:13 AM
Diecuts #18 - Schmutz

Move down to Schmutz
Know the joy of dirty living
The beer that made Milwaukee burp


Real Product
Schlitz
The beer that made Milwaukee famous




Nice parody on the name, "Schmutz" being dirt or filth. I think the tag like should have read, "The beer that made Milwaukee nauseous", to match the original a little closer. The other tag line is probably not really needed. This has nice artwork but, for some reason, just not as memorable to me as much of the other titles.

(https://s17.postimg.org/3jovef663/schmutz1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3jovef663/)

(https://s17.postimg.org/62akf3rwb/schmutz2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/62akf3rwb/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 30, 2016, 07:31:15 AM
Diecuts #21 - Moron Salt

Moron Salt
When it rains, the salt doesn't pour


Real Product
Morton Salt
When it rains it pours


Fair enough..
If the forum has lost interest in this thread, I'll stop posting here because I've seen how much this thread has been neglected lately.
I hate this gag other than as a kid, we would have loved the excuse to say "moron".

How about "more ton" salt, it is so heavy, you can't lift it to pour it.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on September 30, 2016, 07:33:10 AM
Sometimes real life pulls people away for periods of time. I would suggest slowing the pace down. Maybe 2 or 3 a week instead of daily?
Agreed, was on vacation so I dropped off of this.  Issue with 2-3 per week, it will take a decade to get through all titles.  Perhaps we list 7 titles on each Sunday and then use the week to comment across all 7 titles?  might be a little haphazard but just a thought.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 30, 2016, 07:36:14 AM
Diecuts #19 - Minute Lice

Minute Lice
Pre-Cooked Lice
Long Skinny Type
Makes 6 Sloppy Servings


Real Product
Minute Rice
Enriched Rice Cooked ?


Can't really find pictures of the old product. Scot, take the reins.

I always really liked this one. One simple letter change is almost perfect since rice already looks like lice, and vice versa. I like the way the oval around MINUTE RICE was changed into a pocket watch. Very nice little touch, or did the actual product have that at one time?. No real need for much else on this one. The title stands alone.



(https://s16.postimg.org/n517ipa4x/minutelice1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/n517ipa4x/)

(https://s16.postimg.org/voklggihd/minutelice2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/voklggihd/)

(https://s13.postimg.org/bmieod9eb/minutelice3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/bmieod9eb/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 30, 2016, 07:49:12 AM
Diecuts #20 - Gadzooka

Gadzooka
Annoy Your Teacher
Chew Bubble Gum in Class


Real Product
Original Bazooka
Bubble Gum


I think almost everyone would agree... a classic. Terrific characters. The word "gadzooks" is defined as an exclamation of surprise or annoyance,  so the tag line, "annoy your teacher" fits a bit better than one might first think. I like the fact Topps took a swipe at themselves in (almost?) every series.



I think this might be the most iconic wacky, so I can't complain about the gag. It's memorable!
(https://s14.postimg.org/z835t3f71/gadzooka1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/z835t3f71/)

(https://s14.postimg.org/fer20e1t9/gadzooka2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fer20e1t9/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 30, 2016, 08:15:51 AM
Diecuts #21 - Moron Salt

Moron Salt
When it rains, the salt doesn't pour


Real Product
Morton Salt
When it rains it pours


Fair enough..
If the forum has lost interest in this thread, I'll stop posting here because I've seen how much this thread has been neglected lately.

I think the parody on the product name is good on this one, but doesn't tie into anything else with the product or its properties.   My friends and I did indeed call each other morons (and regrettably, the now, even less politically correct  name, retards) all the time. So I guess I related at that level. This was certainly a familiar product in our home at the time. Another case where, for me, the character was just not that memorable.



(https://s16.postimg.org/fzurtya01/moron1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fzurtya01/)

(https://s16.postimg.org/3z9bt82ld/moron2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3z9bt82ld/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 30, 2016, 08:28:38 AM
Diecuts #1 - Boredom's Coffee

Boredom's
Instant coffee
One cup puts you to sleep forever



Just adding some pics to match the other entries. This may be another instance were the product mascot appeared in print ads but not originally on the product, but the Wacky Package incorporated it. Pretty good product name parody, the tag line, "One cup puts you to sleep..." helps sell the boredom aspect. This is one I rediscover every few years when looking through my collection. There's one good thing about getting old... rediscovering Wacky titles is fun.


(https://s18.postimg.org/n0lclcxqd/boredomes1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/n0lclcxqd/)

(https://s18.postimg.org/nrio4vphh/boredomes2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/nrio4vphh/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 30, 2016, 08:41:54 AM
Diecuts #2 - Fearstone

Fearstone
You'll tire of our tires


Adding pics for this title.


(https://s17.postimg.org/i34vggp3f/fearstone1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/i34vggp3f/)

(https://s17.postimg.org/xd4qnnkln/fearstone2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xd4qnnkln/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 30, 2016, 08:46:09 AM
Diecuts #3 - Vicejoy

Vicejoy
Fungus Tip Cigarettes
Vicejoy's got the taste that rots
20 butts



Adding pictures...


(https://s12.postimg.org/zadhxewnt/vicejoy1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/zadhxewnt/)

(https://s12.postimg.org/nzau91psp/vicejoy2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/nzau91psp/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 30, 2016, 08:53:45 AM
Diecuts #4 - Camals

Here's what happens when you smoke
Camals
Jerkish Blend
(Secret message on side) Smoking cigarettes may be hazardous to your health


Original product:
Camel
Turkish and Domestic Blend Cigarettes




I can see the gag here, and I guess 'jerkish' was the best rhyming word they could come up with. I can't really suggest anything here because there really isn't anything marginally wrong with the gag that I can frown upon.

Adding pics. Comparing the two, almost surprised this one didn't get a D&D simply because of the image similarity. Basically the same picture with the camel upside down. If only Joe Camel had been a thing back then. 



(https://s22.postimg.org/663gn1dbh/camals1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/663gn1dbh/)

(https://s22.postimg.org/ff5mx5m7h/camals2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ff5mx5m7h/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 30, 2016, 08:58:26 AM
Diecuts #5 - Campy

Campy
Condemned
Spider Soup


Real Product
Campbells
Condensed
Tomato Soup


What I personally think what would've been funny here is saying "Made with Demented Tomatoes" But the real question is, what does campy mean? I do really like this card either way, so discuss!

Adding pics. I don't think the actual cans shown below are from the correct period. If I find a better match, I'll update. Where is Jason when you need him?!?!?



(https://s15.postimg.org/64d61wmdj/campy1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/64d61wmdj/)

(https://s15.postimg.org/jmk2e6yiv/campy2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/jmk2e6yiv/)

Maybe a little better match on the can...


(https://s9.postimg.org/qhsbgdhnf/campy4.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qhsbgdhnf/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 30, 2016, 12:39:55 PM
Adding pics. I don't think the actual cans shown below are from the correct period. If I find a better match, I'll update. Where is Jason when you need him?!?!?



(https://s15.postimg.org/64d61wmdj/campy1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/64d61wmdj/)

(https://s15.postimg.org/jmk2e6yiv/campy2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/jmk2e6yiv/)

Maybe a little better match on the can...


(https://s9.postimg.org/qhsbgdhnf/campy4.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qhsbgdhnf/)

They all look similar in my opinion.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 30, 2016, 12:40:35 PM
Agreed, was on vacation so I dropped off of this.  Issue with 2-3 per week, it will take a decade to get through all titles.  Perhaps we list 7 titles on each Sunday and then use the week to comment across all 7 titles?  might be a little haphazard but just a thought.

I would prefer one per day but it's something we can do.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Ruffs on September 30, 2016, 02:17:36 PM
Mark. This is your gig. Do whatever you want to do. I for one am enjoying this. Also glad Scot caught up. I forgot what some of the real products looked like. Keep going every day
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on September 30, 2016, 02:27:42 PM
Mark. This is your gig. Do whatever you want to do. I for one am enjoying this. Also glad Scot caught up. I forgot what some of the real products looked like. Keep going every day

Slave driver!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on September 30, 2016, 02:32:46 PM
Mark. This is your gig. Do whatever you want to do. I for one am enjoying this. Also glad Scot caught up. I forgot what some of the real products looked like. Keep going every day

Well I didn't really come up with the idea, I just did what we all said to do. If the others on the forum prefer something, let me know and I'll make it work.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Ruffs on September 30, 2016, 03:18:48 PM
Slave driver!
LOL
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on September 30, 2016, 03:30:18 PM
Slave driver!

  (http://www.sherv.net/cm/emo/angry/whipping.gif)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on September 30, 2016, 09:03:23 PM
Love the art and the title. One of the Wackys that makes the non-repeats so desirable.




Nice parody on the name, "Schmutz" being dirt or filth. I think the tag like should have read, "The beer that made Milwaukee nauseous", to match the original a little closer. The other tag line is probably not really needed. This has nice artwork but, for some reason, just not as memorable to me as much of the other titles.

(https://s17.postimg.org/3jovef663/schmutz1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3jovef663/)

(https://s17.postimg.org/62akf3rwb/schmutz2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/62akf3rwb/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 01, 2016, 02:37:58 AM
Diecuts #22 - Liptorn

If you drink this hot soup you'll get your Liptorn
Molten Lava Soup
8 Deadly Servings


Real Product
Lipton Soup


Can't find boxes of this card, I can find the 8th series one though..
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 01, 2016, 03:44:33 AM
Diecuts #21 - Moron Salt

Moron Salt
When it rains, the salt doesn't pour


Real Product
Morton Salt
When it rains it pours


Fair enough..
If the forum has lost interest in this thread, I'll stop posting here because I've seen how much this thread has been neglected lately.

I'm enjoying this thread, especially when there's an original product image to compare to the Wacky, but haven't had a lot of time to comment recently.  As for Moron Salt, I don't know/remember why the product tagline was "When it rains it pours" but the Wacky rewrite is funny, and the face is great.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on October 01, 2016, 04:01:22 AM
I'm enjoying this thread, especially when there's an original product image to compare to the Wacky, but haven't had a lot of time to comment recently.  As for Moron Salt, I don't know/remember why the product tagline was "When it rains it pours" but the Wacky rewrite is funny, and the face is great.

The tag line was a reference to Morton's patented anti-caking agent that prevented the salt from clumping in humid weather.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 01, 2016, 04:04:56 AM
The tag line was a reference to Morton's patented anti-caking agent that prevented the salt from clumping in humid weather.

Thanks for the memory jog!!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 01, 2016, 09:03:33 AM
Diecuts #22 - Liptorn

If you drink this hot soup you'll get your Liptorn
Molten Lava Soup
8 Deadly Servings


Real Product
Lipton Soup


Can't find boxes of this card, I can find the 8th series one though. 

I suspect there is a better box match than the one I posted. I always loved the artwork on this one. On the weak side in terms of parody titles, but the visual on this one is so strong, its one of my favorites.


(https://s22.postimg.org/tthfhs2bx/liptorn1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/tthfhs2bx/)

(https://s22.postimg.org/qnwtrkjpp/liptorn2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qnwtrkjpp/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on October 01, 2016, 09:06:14 AM
You'll get your Liptorn.

Always loved that gag.


Diecuts #22 - Liptorn

If you drink this hot soup you'll get your Liptorn
Molten Lava Soup
8 Deadly Servings


Real Product
Lipton Soup


Can't find boxes of this card, I can find the 8th series one though..
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 01, 2016, 09:13:05 AM
You'll get your Liptorn.

Always loved that gag.

I love this one too, and still call the product Liptorn.  Might have been my forum name, but it was already taken when I eventually found the forums. 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 01, 2016, 06:06:32 PM
You'll get your Liptorn.

Always loved that gag.
I loved the art and loved saying you will get your liptorn but now with adult eyes comparing the art and the gag, I hate that the art doesn't reflect the lip being torn, fire coming out of the mouth is just a mismatch to the gag.  Lipburn would have been better.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 01, 2016, 06:09:26 PM
The tag line was a reference to Morton's patented anti-caking agent that prevented the salt from clumping in humid weather.
Wow, good stuff dude! Now this makes sense.  The only issue, yet again, the gag writers had zero alignment to the kid audience.  It is almost as if the gag writers would more interested in getting off on super ultra clever cerebral gags involving patents and Egyptian leaders than coming up with gags that would be funny for kids.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on October 01, 2016, 07:41:47 PM


Nice parody on the name, "Schmutz" being dirt or filth. I think the tag like should have read, "The beer that made Milwaukee nauseous", to match the original a little closer. The other tag line is probably not really needed. This has nice artwork but, for some reason, just not as memorable to me as much of the other titles.


Never a big fan of this one, but I do love the "move on down to" tag line.  Subtle but funny.  I like nauseos, but how about the beer that made Milwaukee gaseuos?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on October 01, 2016, 07:44:35 PM
I suspect there is a better box match than the one I posted. I always loved the artwork on this one. On the weak side in terms of parody titles, but the visual on this one is so strong, its one of my favorites.


I always liked the visual of him burning his own arm off.  I do love the "Liptorn" title, but I agree with Ernie that is doesn't match the visual reference at all. 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 02, 2016, 01:26:29 AM
Diecuts #23 - Muller

Muller Low Life
Brewed on the Bowery


Real Product
Miller High Life
The champagne of beers
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 02, 2016, 02:48:21 AM
Diecuts #23 - Muller

Muller Low Life
Brewed on the Bowery


Real Product
Miller High Life
The champagne of beers



I like the play on "high life" to "low life" with a bum character but "MULLER" is a term associated with milling grain. I wonder if the original intend was to be someone who mulls where  mull is defined as: to make a mess or failure of. But, alas, there is no real word "muller" like that. I like the character and tag line reversal, but maybe only half a star for the product parody itself. This is one of those stretches.


(https://s12.postimg.org/pryjocrjt/muller1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/pryjocrjt/)

(https://s12.postimg.org/6bdu1twft/muller2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6bdu1twft/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 02, 2016, 08:11:07 AM
I suspect there is a better box match than the one I posted. I always loved the artwork on this one. On the weak side in terms of parody titles, but the visual on this one is so strong, its one of my favorites.


(https://s22.postimg.org/tthfhs2bx/liptorn1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/tthfhs2bx/)

(https://s22.postimg.org/qnwtrkjpp/liptorn2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qnwtrkjpp/)

I found this image in my gallery. Closer design with the checkerboard tablecloth...

(https://s12.postimg.org/i5gasjnll/Lipton_soup.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/i5gasjnll/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 02, 2016, 08:15:12 AM
That is definitely closer.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 02, 2016, 08:17:26 AM
I always really liked this one. One simple letter change is almost perfect since rice already looks like lice, and vice versa. I like the way the oval around MINUTE RICE was changed into a pocket watch. Very nice little touch, or did the actual product have that at one time?. No real need for much else on this one. The title stands alone.



(https://s16.postimg.org/n517ipa4x/minutelice1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/n517ipa4x/)

(https://s16.postimg.org/voklggihd/minutelice2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/voklggihd/)

(https://s13.postimg.org/bmieod9eb/minutelice3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/bmieod9eb/)

Here is an older Minute Rice box...

(https://s17.postimg.org/gpjuwv3ob/Minute_Rice2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gpjuwv3ob/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 02, 2016, 08:20:31 AM
Adding pics for this title.


(https://s17.postimg.org/i34vggp3f/fearstone1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/i34vggp3f/)

(https://s17.postimg.org/xd4qnnkln/fearstone2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xd4qnnkln/)

Here is a vintage Firestone ad I found. Looks like this exact tire in the photo was used for the parody art?

(https://s21.postimg.org/qjdytg9w3/Firestone.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qjdytg9w3/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 02, 2016, 08:23:50 AM
I agree. I think that's a great gag

I assume the slum maid is wearing top made from a flour sack.

She should have been serving something more appropriate, such as instant ramen, white bread, and soda pop.   And cigarettes.


   (http://www.wackypackages.org/stickers/die-cuts/fronts/slum_6_front_small_smaller_images.jpg)

Here is a photo of a vintage Sun Maid box with the brown bar on the bottom. The bar looks lighter on the parody art, but I'm thinking this is the design they used.

(https://s9.postimg.org/yk9d2l3cr/Sun_Maid_Raisins.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/yk9d2l3cr/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 02, 2016, 08:58:39 AM
I found this image in my gallery. Closer design with the checkerboard tablecloth...

(https://s12.postimg.org/i5gasjnll/Lipton_soup.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/i5gasjnll/)

Thanks for the packaging picture updates. Keep them coming!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 02, 2016, 09:01:25 AM
Thanks for the packaging picture updates. Keep them coming!

I wish I had them all! Impossible to find images of exact Borden Creamer and Broadcast Hash packaging. Anyone?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on October 02, 2016, 12:24:36 PM
As a young kid, this image played with my sense of perspective. The guy on the front is leaning over the label, yet appears to be standing inside the bottle. I remember trying to figure that out. This was before I really understood artistic license!



I like the play on "high life" to "low life" with a bum character but "MULLER" is a term associated with milling grain. I wonder if the original intend was to be someone who mulls where  mull is defined as: to make a mess or failure of. But, alas, there is no real word "muller" like that. I like the character and tag line reversal, but maybe only half a star for the product parody itself. This is one of those stretches.


(https://s12.postimg.org/pryjocrjt/muller1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/pryjocrjt/)

(https://s12.postimg.org/6bdu1twft/muller2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6bdu1twft/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 02, 2016, 12:43:27 PM

I like the play on "high life" to "low life" with a bum character but "MULLER" is a term associated with milling grain. I wonder if the original intend was to be someone who mulls where  mull is defined as: to make a mess or failure of. But, alas, there is no real word "muller" like that. I like the character and tag line reversal, but maybe only half a star for the product parody itself. This is one of those stretches.


(https://s12.postimg.org/pryjocrjt/muller1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/pryjocrjt/)

(https://s12.postimg.org/6bdu1twft/muller2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6bdu1twft/)
Niller low life, for those who shoot for next to nothing.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on October 02, 2016, 01:19:39 PM

I like the play on "high life" to "low life" with a bum character but "MULLER" is a term associated with milling grain. I wonder if the original intend was to be someone who mulls where  mull is defined as: to make a mess or failure of. But, alas, there is no real word "muller" like that. I like the character and tag line reversal, but maybe only half a star for the product parody itself. This is one of those stretches.
I found reference to a Muller beer distributor in Philly, which makes me wonder if this one could just be an inside joke of some sort. Miller/Muller, Brewerytown/Bowery. Could help explain why it's not that great a wacky. who knows.

"The name of Muller has long been associated with beer in Philadelphia.  Members of the Muller family grew up in the Brewerytown section of the city and, beginning in the 1800s, worked in breweries and delivered beer in horse-drawn wagons.  Jack Muller, the founder of Muller, Inc., started in the beer business in 1938 with the formation in Philadelphia of Holmesburg Distributing. Located in Northeast Philadelphia, Muller, Inc. is a six-county Importing Beer Distributor and one of the nation's largest distributors of malt beverages."
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 02, 2016, 01:35:35 PM
I found reference to a Muller beer distributor in Philly, which makes me wonder if this one could just be an inside joke of some sort. Miller/Muller, Brewerytown/Bowery. Could help explain why it's not that great a wacky. who knows.

"The name of Muller has long been associated with beer in Philadelphia.  Members of the Muller family grew up in the Brewerytown section of the city and, beginning in the 1800s, worked in breweries and delivered beer in horse-drawn wagons.  Jack Muller, the founder of Muller, Inc., started in the beer business in 1938 with the formation in Philadelphia of Holmesburg Distributing. Located in Northeast Philadelphia, Muller, Inc. is a six-county Importing Beer Distributor and one of the nation's largest distributors of malt beverages."
Given the propensity for obscure inside jokes, I think you are on to something!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 03, 2016, 03:55:53 AM
Diecuts #24 - Band - Ache

Band - Ache Brand
Strips off skin
Jerkson & Jerkson


Real Product
Band - Aid
Plastic Strips
Johnson & Johnson


Pretty good gag, right Bandaches?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 03, 2016, 09:44:32 AM
Diecuts #24 - Band - Ache

Band - Ache Brand
Strips off skin
Jerkson & Jerkson


Real Product
Band - Aid
Plastic Strips
Johnson & Johnson


Pretty good gag, right Bandaches?

Another one of the top classic Wackies. As a kid, the band-aid being ripped, along with flesh, from the hand appealed to my love of gore. Very good product parody. Tag line and Company name on Wacky both fit in very nicely. Great artwork.  Its interesting on this one how the colors of the logo and the tag line box were switched from the original. Usually the original series Wackies were very close to the originals in terms of font, colors used, etc. 


(https://s11.postimg.org/meb6xxmdr/bandache1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/meb6xxmdr/)

(https://s15.postimg.org/c5ipsaduf/bandache2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/c5ipsaduf/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 03, 2016, 09:52:00 AM
I do agree that it is odd but I do like this one especially because I've always hated taking band aids off.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 03, 2016, 08:49:15 PM
Diecuts #24 - Band - Ache

Band - Ache Brand
Strips off skin
Jerkson & Jerkson


Real Product
Band - Aid
Plastic Strips
Johnson & Johnson


Pretty good gag, right Bandaches?
LOL, yeah, I like this one a bit.  We liked saying Jerkson and Jerkson as a kid but I am not sure it fits the gag. I think Goneskin and Goneskin would have been funnier but what do I know.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 04, 2016, 01:57:21 AM
Diecuts #25 - Chock Full O' Nuts and Bolts

Chock Full O' Nuts and Bolts
The Heavily
Coffee


Real Product
Chock Full O' Nuts
The Heavenly
Coffee


I guess it works, but heavily seems to bug me with grammar. Eh, I guess it still works, right?  :great:
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 04, 2016, 03:30:07 AM
LOL, yeah, I like this one a bit.  We liked saying Jerkson and Jerkson as a kid but I am not sure it fits the gag. I think Goneskin and Goneskin would have been funnier but what do I know.

I have to disagree on this one... we used to always jerk band-aids off to get the slow, agonizing hurt over with quickly. Jerkson and Jerkson always made good sense to me.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on October 04, 2016, 09:19:52 AM
I found this on Urban Dictionary, for what it's worth.

 mullered
1 Broken, smashed or beaten up to the point of being visisbly altered, unusuable or non-functional.
2 Intoxicated with drink or drugs to the point of non-sensibility.
3 Resoundingly beaten in a competition of some kind.


I found reference to a Muller beer distributor in Philly, which makes me wonder if this one could just be an inside joke of some sort. Miller/Muller, Brewerytown/Bowery. Could help explain why it's not that great a wacky. who knows.

"The name of Muller has long been associated with beer in Philadelphia.  Members of the Muller family grew up in the Brewerytown section of the city and, beginning in the 1800s, worked in breweries and delivered beer in horse-drawn wagons.  Jack Muller, the founder of Muller, Inc., started in the beer business in 1938 with the formation in Philadelphia of Holmesburg Distributing. Located in Northeast Philadelphia, Muller, Inc. is a six-county Importing Beer Distributor and one of the nation's largest distributors of malt beverages."
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 04, 2016, 02:29:11 PM
Diecuts #25 - Chock Full O' Nuts and Bolts

Chock Full O' Nuts and Bolts
The Heavily
Coffee


Real Product
Chock Full O' Nuts
The Heavenly
Coffee

I guess it works, but heavily seems to bug me with grammar. Eh, I guess it still works, right?  :great:

This is another one I like quite a bit. Good title parody by adding two words. Change of "Heavenly" to "Heavily" fits well. Nice and simple with pretty cool artwork.


(https://s16.postimg.org/6vomyun29/chock1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6vomyun29/)

(https://s16.postimg.org/6k76m36m9/chock2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6k76m36m9/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 04, 2016, 03:32:03 PM
This is another one I like quite a bit. Good title parody by adding two words. Change of "Heavenly" to "Heavily" fits well. Nice and simple with pretty cool artwork.


(https://s16.postimg.org/6vomyun29/chock1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6vomyun29/)

(https://s16.postimg.org/6k76m36m9/chock2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6k76m36m9/)

I really like this one, and while they captured the original packaging, I'm glad they added a character.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on October 04, 2016, 04:35:07 PM
Great title, great secondary gag, and great visual. Visceral without being too gruesome. And it parodies the product perfectly. This would be a prime example if you were introducing Wackys to someone.


Diecuts #24 - Band - Ache

Band - Ache Brand
Strips off skin
Jerkson & Jerkson


Real Product
Band - Aid
Plastic Strips
Johnson & Johnson


Pretty good gag, right Bandaches?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on October 04, 2016, 04:37:04 PM
I also really like this one. Funny, great character, and the open can looks fantastic. I think this would be another good example to use if you were introducing someone to Wackys.


Diecuts #25 - Chock Full O' Nuts and Bolts

Chock Full O' Nuts and Bolts
The Heavily
Coffee


Real Product
Chock Full O' Nuts
The Heavenly
Coffee


I guess it works, but heavily seems to bug me with grammar. Eh, I guess it still works, right?  :great:
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 04, 2016, 07:37:15 PM
I have to disagree on this one... we used to always jerk band-aids off to get the slow, agonizing hurt over with quickly. Jerkson and Jerkson always made good sense to me.
Fair point!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 04, 2016, 07:37:36 PM
Diecuts #25 - Chock Full O' Nuts and Bolts

Chock Full O' Nuts and Bolts
The Heavily
Coffee


Real Product
Chock Full O' Nuts
The Heavenly
Coffee


I love this one, I have no issues to call out.
I guess it works, but heavily seems to bug me with grammar. Eh, I guess it still works, right?  :great:
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on October 04, 2016, 09:04:04 PM
This is another one I like quite a bit. Good title parody by adding two words. Change of "Heavenly" to "Heavily" fits well. Nice and simple with pretty cool artwork.

(https://s16.postimg.org/6vomyun29/chock1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6vomyun29/)

I like this title a lot. Great character expression.

Love the exaggerated arms and hands and huge coffee cup. Classic Norm Saunders artwork.


Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 05, 2016, 01:55:34 AM
Diecuts #26 - Tied

Tied Detergent
Your clothes will be fit to be Tied


Real Product
Tide Detergent


Can't find exact fitting images to add tagline.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 05, 2016, 03:25:20 AM
Diecuts #26 - Tied

Tied Detergent
Your clothes will be fit to be Tied


Real Product
Tide Detergent


Can't find exact fitting images to add tagline.

Not every product lends itself to a great parody. Speaking of which... here's one now.


(https://s11.postimg.org/8raidndb3/tide2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/8raidndb3/)

(https://s11.postimg.org/pgby9k9wf/tied1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/pgby9k9wf/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on October 05, 2016, 09:23:39 AM
I always thought this one was clever. Not only is it a homophone, but it also does it by rearranging the same 4 letters. You do your laundry and the clothes come out in a knot. It works for me. Plus, my family used Tide so that was always a bonus.


Diecuts #26 - Tied

Tied Detergent
Your clothes will be fit to be Tied


Real Product
Tide Detergent


Can't find exact fitting images to add tagline.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on October 05, 2016, 10:47:27 AM
I'm with everyone else. Chock is an A+ wacky and has always been one of my favorites. Was stoked to coincidentally have it showing on a pack I purchased years ago!

(https://s19.postimg.org/l1bvbokpv/s185b.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on October 05, 2016, 11:00:58 AM
Tied is one of those wackys that's so visually unique. Just the rings of color make me love it.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 05, 2016, 12:47:21 PM
Yeah it's one of the "key wackys" because it's one I automatically think of.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: BustedFinger on October 05, 2016, 04:36:45 PM
Tied is one of those wackys that's so visually unique. Just the rings of color make me love it.

I don't know - I actually prefer "Toad" from series 12 better!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: lucidjc on October 05, 2016, 04:40:16 PM
Toad is good, but the look on the Tied guys face is priceless!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 05, 2016, 06:34:07 PM
Tied is one of those wackys that's so visually unique. Just the rings of color make me love it.
I agree,  the colors are great, underrated wacky
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 05, 2016, 06:35:20 PM
I don't know - I actually prefer "Toad" from series 12 better!
I am biased against all reused titles so I perhaps don't give the 2nd version a fair look.  I think it is lazy that products have to be repeated.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 05, 2016, 07:26:08 PM
Those Wacky gag writers were ahead of their time back in 1967! I have one of those HE washers, and when I put too many clothes in there, especially jeans, they get tangled together and appear to be "tied" together when I pull them out. I don't use Tied detergent, but I do use Pure-Hex.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 06, 2016, 04:16:58 AM
Tied is one of those wackys that's so visually unique. Just the rings of color make me love it.

I really like Tied.  The remade product name, the gag, the character - I wouldn't change a thing!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: DrSushi on October 06, 2016, 06:19:28 AM
I am biased against all reused titles so I perhaps don't give the 2nd version a fair look.  I think it is lazy that products have to be repeated.

I'm with you on this. I remember as a kid feeling cheated when they repeated products.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on October 06, 2016, 08:30:08 AM
I also really like this one. Funny, great character, and the open can looks fantastic. I think this would be another good example to use if you were introducing someone to Wackys.

Yeah the "Heavily" was a stretch, but it works considering the title.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on October 06, 2016, 08:32:25 AM
I always thought this one was clever. Not only is it a homophone, but it also does it by rearranging the same 4 letters. You do your laundry and the clothes come out in a knot. It works for me. Plus, my family used Tide so that was always a bonus.

Agreed. I loved this one as a kid.  I really like the expression on the poor guys face with his laundry all tied up.  Simple, but memorable.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on October 06, 2016, 08:47:08 AM
Me, too. I can understand why they did it, but in a perfect world every Wacky would be a different product, and repeats would only be allowed if every product in existence was already parodied!


I'm with you on this. I remember as a kid feeling cheated when they repeated products.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 06, 2016, 03:47:04 PM
Diecuts #27 - Mrs. Klean

Mrs. Klean
will wipe up the floor with Mr. Klean if she can find him


Real Product
Mr. Clean


Can't find other info on the bottle from 1967, but I'm pretty sure that gag was a bit of a stretch..
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on October 06, 2016, 03:49:00 PM
(https://s16.postimg.org/6vomyun29/chock1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6vomyun29/)

(https://s16.postimg.org/6k76m36m9/chock2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6k76m36m9/)
here's a vintage tall can, which the card matches better

(https://s21.postimg.org/owhojdx7b/chock_Full.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 07, 2016, 02:27:27 AM
Diecuts #28 - Breadcrust

Breadcrust
Corned Beef Hash
1% Corned Beef
99% Breadcrust


Real Product
Broadcast
Corned Beef Hash


Art = Good, Gag = Bad. They never even changed corned beef hash! How could they?
Maybe it could've been "Bored Beef Hash" but it's better than no difference.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on October 07, 2016, 03:40:01 AM
Scorned Beef Trash? But honestly, that minor stuff has zero impact on how much I like a wacky.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 07, 2016, 05:53:27 AM
This is the only photo I found of the exact Broadcast Corned Beef Hash can, and it's from a YouTube video. Anyone have a better image?
The 2nd photo is obviously a more modern can design.


(https://s9.postimg.org/bibv4kc1n/Broadcast_Hash1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/bibv4kc1n/)

(https://s16.postimg.org/t6hn7cngx/Broadcast_Hash2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/t6hn7cngx/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on October 07, 2016, 07:15:15 AM
The Breadcrust spoof actually looks more appetizing, imo
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 07, 2016, 12:35:14 PM
This is the only photo I found of the exact Broadcast Corned Beef Hash can, and it's from a YouTube video. Anyone have a better image?
The 2nd photo is obviously a more modern can design.


(https://s9.postimg.org/bibv4kc1n/Broadcast_Hash1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/bibv4kc1n/)

(https://s16.postimg.org/t6hn7cngx/Broadcast_Hash2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/t6hn7cngx/)

That's as good as anything I have. Here's the Wacky for completeness.
I was never a fan of this title. Seems forced.


(https://s12.postimg.org/dsfi8sent/breadcrust1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/dsfi8sent/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 07, 2016, 12:55:53 PM
That's as good as anything I have. Here's the Wacky for completeness.
I was never a fan of this title. Seems forced.


(https://s12.postimg.org/dsfi8sent/breadcrust1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/dsfi8sent/)

This was never one I cared much for.  I think it was partly because I was completely unfamiliar with the product, and partly because I never understood why a person and a dog were eating from the same plate.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 07, 2016, 01:01:11 PM
Yeah I never really heard of Broadcast until now. I've only known of Hormel as a "name brand".
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 07, 2016, 08:36:13 PM
This was never one I cared much for.  I think it was partly because I was completely unfamiliar with the product, and partly because I never understood why a person and a dog were eating from the same plate.
Word for word how I feel about it.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 08, 2016, 03:15:34 AM
Diecuts #29 - Cover Ghoul

Cover Ghoul
Wear it when you're dressed to kill


Real Product
Cover Girl
Clean Make-up


I guess this sticker is nice, but it's very flat and different from the original container.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 08, 2016, 04:46:19 AM
This is pretty close to the Cover Girl bottle they used for the parody...

(https://s12.postimg.org/uin175wkp/Cover_Girl.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/uin175wkp/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 08, 2016, 05:26:54 AM
This is pretty close to the Cover Girl bottle they used for the parody...

(https://s12.postimg.org/uin175wkp/Cover_Girl.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/uin175wkp/)

Doesn't look like the artists had much to go with.  They at least gave the bottle a little depth, and the gag isn't bad.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 09, 2016, 02:53:47 AM
Diecuts #30 - Horrid

Horrid
Spray Deodorant
Guaranteed for 5 minutes


Real Product
Arrid
Spray Deodorant


I've always liked this card, not sure why.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 09, 2016, 07:14:22 AM
Diecuts #30 - Horrid

Horrid
Spray Deodorant
Guaranteed for 5 minutes


Real Product
Arrid
Spray Deodorant


I've always liked this card, not sure why.

Below is Horrid and a photo of the Arrid can. Simple, eye-catching, but I wish a green mist with flies or something would be spraying out of the nozzle.
I'm sure everyone knows this, but the can the guy is holding in his hand shows the A in Arrid.

(https://s10.postimg.org/4hnvztrol/horrid_white_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4hnvztrol/)
(https://s9.postimg.org/4whbgbb63/Arrid.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4whbgbb63/)

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 09, 2016, 07:20:20 AM
Diecuts #30 - Horrid

Horrid
Spray Deodorant
Guaranteed for 5 minutes


Real Product
Arrid
Spray Deodorant


I've always liked this card, not sure why.

Another one where there was not much to play off of from the original packaging. Decent product title parody. Who doesn't like cartoon skunks? No one in our family used this product so no personal connection.


(https://s13.postimg.org/lq4tw30pv/horrid1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/lq4tw30pv/)

(https://s21.postimg.org/sa5ycn7z7/horrid2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/sa5ycn7z7/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 09, 2016, 07:23:29 AM
Another one where there was not much to play off of from the original packaging. Decent product title parody. Who doesn't like cartoon skunks? No one in our family used this product so no personal connection.


(https://s13.postimg.org/lq4tw30pv/horrid1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/lq4tw30pv/)

(https://s21.postimg.org/sa5ycn7z7/horrid2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/sa5ycn7z7/)

Oops! We posted photo comparisons at the same time. I can delete mine if you want.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 09, 2016, 07:31:33 AM
Below is Horrid and a photo of the Arrid can. Simple, eye-catching, but I wish a green mist with flies or something would be spraying out of the nozzle.
I'm sure everyone knows this, but the can the guy is holding in his hand shows the A in Arrid.

(https://s10.postimg.org/4hnvztrol/horrid_white_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4hnvztrol/)
(https://s9.postimg.org/4whbgbb63/Arrid.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4whbgbb63/)

I like this one quite a bit.  A green mist coming out of the nozzle would have been cool, but might have taken up too much vertical space to let the can match the product proportions.  Flies on the can label near the guy would have worked.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on October 09, 2016, 07:58:27 AM
Below is Horrid and a photo of the Arrid can. Simple, eye-catching, but I wish a green mist with flies or something would be spraying out of the nozzle.
I'm sure everyone knows this, but the can the guy is holding in his hand shows the A in Arrid.
for me, this one is elevated in awesomeness by not having the boring white can lid in place. Shows off a fantastic rendering of the metal and nozzle on the can top.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 09, 2016, 08:11:08 AM
for me, this one is elevated in awesomeness by not having the boring white can lid in place. Shows off a fantastic rendering of the metal and nozzle on the can top.

Agreed, Horrid has a wonderful can top!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on October 09, 2016, 08:24:32 AM
Have to agree. Comparing the Wacky to the pic of the can really drives that point home.

And I love that gross character.

for me, this one is elevated in awesomeness by not having the boring white can lid in place. Shows off a fantastic rendering of the metal and nozzle on the can top.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 09, 2016, 12:20:03 PM
Have to agree. Comparing the Wacky to the pic of the can really drives that point home.

And I love that gross character.
I am a fan of Horrid and Cover Ghoul.  Loved Cover Ghoul as a kid.  Both wackys make boring products come to life.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on October 09, 2016, 02:52:05 PM
I think the characters are fraternal twins.

I am a fan of Horrid and Cover Ghoul.  Loved Cover Ghoul as a kid.  Both wackys make boring products come to life.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: lucidjc on October 09, 2016, 09:12:10 PM
Adding pics for this title.


(https://s17.postimg.org/i34vggp3f/fearstone1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/i34vggp3f/)

(https://s17.postimg.org/xd4qnnkln/fearstone2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xd4qnnkln/)


(https://s22.postimg.org/4cfk5tw31/00000s_l1600.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4cfk5tw31/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 10, 2016, 02:04:16 AM
Diecuts #31 - Jail - O

Jail - O
Grape - Vine Flavor
Sing - Sing's Favorite Dessert (With metal file added)


Real Product
Jell - O
Grape Flavor


This one is really appealing..
I also really like the "Sing - Sing" part.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 10, 2016, 03:49:37 AM
Diecuts #31 - Jail - O

Jail - O
Grape - Vine Flavor
Sing - Sing's Favorite Dessert (With metal file added)


Real Product
Jell - O
Grape Flavor


This one is really appealing..
I also really like the "Sing - Sing" part.

Another iconic wacky. Great artwork. Nice product parody. Tag lines tie in nicely although I didn't understand the grapevine reference until I asked my Dad and he explained that's how information was spread in prison... via the grapevine, ie. by word of mouth. always loved the file in the clear jello image and the guard incompetency it implied.

(https://s3.postimg.org/r8truzuvj/jail02.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/r8truzuvj/)

(https://s3.postimg.org/f88bu9ngv/jailo1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/f88bu9ngv/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 11, 2016, 02:12:27 AM
Diecuts #32 - Ratz

No Biscuit
Ratz enjoy these crackers
Half Pound of moldy crackers


Real Product
Nabisco
Ritz
Crackers


Gee I guess you could say this one is hard to get.. !

..okay I'll stop
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 11, 2016, 04:10:31 AM
Diecuts #32 - Ratz

No Biscuit
Ratz
Enjoy these crackers
Half Pound of moldy crackers


Real Product
Ritz
Crackers


Gee I guess you could say this one is hard to get.. !

..okay I'll stop

Another iconic wacky. Good product name parody. Unfortunately, the tag lines don't really complement the parody.


(https://s12.postimg.org/fmxi4ow6h/ratz1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fmxi4ow6h/)



(https://s16.postimg.org/qkgu4iadt/ratz2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qkgu4iadt/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bigtomi on October 11, 2016, 06:09:46 PM
Unfortunately, the tag lines don't really complement the parody.
You really think so? I think quite the opposite. Don't rats eat moldy, nasty stuff by design?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: jaylynch on October 11, 2016, 10:57:10 PM
It's one sentence.  "Rats enjoy these crackers"  Not  "RATS.  Enjoy these crackers."
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 12, 2016, 03:54:33 AM
It's one sentence.  "Rats enjoy these crackers"  Not  "RATS.  Enjoy these crackers."

Sorry, fixed.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 12, 2016, 03:57:25 AM
Diecuts #33 - Grave Train

Grave Train
Dog Food
Your dog will never eat anything else...


Real Product
Gravy Train
Dog Food


I've always loved the art on this card.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 12, 2016, 04:26:09 AM
It's one sentence.  "Rats enjoy these crackers"  Not  "RATS.  Enjoy these crackers."

That's how I read it, which makes it a good gag for me.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 12, 2016, 05:32:24 AM
Diecuts #33 - Grave Train

Grave Train
Dog Food
Your dog will never eat anything else...


Real Product
Gravy Train
Dog Food


I've always loved the art on this card.

Nice parody of the product name. Great art. I suspect there is a better packaging match than the one I show below.

(https://s12.postimg.org/3uvhaaqt5/grave1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3uvhaaqt5/)

(https://s12.postimg.org/wlsb0cwmx/grave2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wlsb0cwmx/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 12, 2016, 09:06:50 AM
Nice parody of the product name. Great art. I suspect there is a better packaging match than the one I show below.

(https://s12.postimg.org/3uvhaaqt5/grave1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3uvhaaqt5/)

(https://s12.postimg.org/wlsb0cwmx/grave2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wlsb0cwmx/)

I searched extensively through vintage Gravy Train ads and packaging, and I don't think a brown box exists.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 13, 2016, 02:10:21 AM
Diecuts #34 - Duzn't

Duzn't Do Nuthin'
Laundry Detergent
Approved by beatnicks everywhere


Real Product
Duz
Laundry Detergent
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 13, 2016, 03:29:49 AM
Diecuts #34 - Duzn't

Duzn't Do Nuthin'
Laundry Detergent
Approved by beatnicks everywhere


Real Product
Duz
Laundry Detergent



Never really one I liked. Not quite sure why. Its got a pretty good parody of the title. The artwork is solid.


(https://s18.postimg.org/w59fqrldx/duznt1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/w59fqrldx/)

(https://s18.postimg.org/5y88ut345/duznt2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/5y88ut345/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 13, 2016, 04:16:33 AM

Never really one I liked. Not quite sure why. Its got a pretty good parody of the title. The artwork is solid.


(https://s18.postimg.org/w59fqrldx/duznt1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/w59fqrldx/)

(https://s18.postimg.org/5y88ut345/duznt2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/5y88ut345/)

Agreed, it's a good parody of the title, and the artwork is well done.  I think this was never one of my favorites because I didn't understand dishwashing detergent being used in a bathtub.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on October 13, 2016, 08:27:42 AM
Definitely a favorite of mine, again due more to the color scheme and character than the gag. I never realized the yellow pastel background was flowers until looking at the original product just now.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Tom Keen on October 13, 2016, 10:35:24 AM
Agreed, it's a good parody of the title, and the artwork is well done.  I think this was never one of my favorites because I didn't understand dishwashing detergent being used in a bathtub.
This one duzn't do nuthin for me
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Tom Keen on October 13, 2016, 10:42:08 AM
I searched extensively through vintage Gravy Train ads and packaging, and I don't think a brown box exists.
I think the product packaging evolved into brown coloring without the stripped food bowl so this is perhaps a combination?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on October 13, 2016, 06:07:41 PM
This one duzn't do nuthin for me
so it duz do sumpthin', then?

one of those double negatives that kind of works on a Wacky?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 14, 2016, 02:24:48 AM
Diecuts #35 - Fink

Canada Wet
Fink
The Sassy Grapefruit Drink


Real Product
Canada Dry
Wink
Grapefruit Beverage


I don't get this one.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on October 14, 2016, 03:37:48 AM
What don't you get? Fink was a popular term at the time. I never heard of the real product as a kid, but as usual that didn't matter to me.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Tom Keen on October 14, 2016, 06:59:35 AM
What don't you get? Fink was a popular term at the time. I never heard of the real product as a kid, but as usual that didn't matter to me.
The artwork is lame, weak Saunders at best, probably one of the titles that Saunders touched up trying to save a flat piece of art.  The right pinkie sticking out like a thumb irks me, it just looks drawn improperly.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 14, 2016, 07:04:26 AM
Diecuts #35 - Fink

Canada Wet
Fink
The Sassy Grapefruit Drink


Real Product
Canada Dry
Wink
Grapefruit Beverage


I don't get this one.

A product I had heard of back in the day, but seemed exotic and adult. Yeach! I think a name like BLINK would have been more appropriate with the grapefruit squirting in the eye  gag with the company name Canada Pry. Always liked the pic, but didn't seem to fit in with the FINK title. Maybe if you knew this guy personally, you would agree he was a fink.


(https://s22.postimg.org/st12qgvzx/fink1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/st12qgvzx/)

(https://s22.postimg.org/u9cl8lywt/fink2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/u9cl8lywt/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on October 14, 2016, 07:21:21 AM
I took it to mean the juice was the fink for its irritating actions. The pinky does look odd, never noticed that before.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 14, 2016, 08:39:30 AM
I took it to mean the juice was the fink for its irritating actions. The pinky does look odd, never noticed that before.

Funny, I always thought that pinky was the spoon handle.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 14, 2016, 09:55:34 AM
A product I had heard of back in the day, but seemed exotic and adult. Yeach! I think a name like BLINK would have been more appropriate with the grapefruit squirting in the eye  gag with the company name Canada Pry. Always liked the pic, but didn't seem to fit in with the FINK title. Maybe if you knew this guy personally, you would agree he was a fink.


(https://s22.postimg.org/st12qgvzx/fink1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/st12qgvzx/)

(https://s22.postimg.org/u9cl8lywt/fink2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/u9cl8lywt/)

I wonder why the yellow bar is straight on the parody art and not "bowing" like the bar on the actual can. The green is also brighter than the actual can. Also interesting how packaging artwork was foreshortened during the vintage days to best fit on the trading card without a lot of white space. Today, ANS suffers from too much white space on the card.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Tom Keen on October 14, 2016, 12:08:34 PM
I wonder why the yellow bar is straight on the parody art and not "bowing" like the bar on the actual can. The green is also brighter than the actual can. Also interesting how packaging artwork was foreshortened during the vintage days to best fit on the trading card without a lot of white space. Today, ANS suffers from too much white space on the card.
The 3-D rendering on this is awful hence no bow on the bar, the awful pinkie.  I don't believe Saunders suddenly got better in the middle and later series wackys in which many pieces are far superior in art quality.  I believe Saunders did touch all wackys, some he did almost everything, others he touched up the work of other artists to try to add rendering and such.

I believe "saunders touched all series 1 wackys" somehow got converted into "Saunders DID all of the Series 1 wackys".
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Tom Keen on October 14, 2016, 12:09:33 PM
Funny, I always thought that pinky was the spoon handle.
That would be worse as the spoon handle wouldn't align with the rest of the spoon  :D
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on October 14, 2016, 01:16:41 PM
The 3-D rendering on this is awful hence no bow on the bar, the awful pinkie.  I don't believe Saunders suddenly got better in the middle and later series wackys in which many pieces are far superior in art quality.  I believe Saunders did touch all wackys, some he did almost everything, others he touched up the work of other artists to try to add rendering and such.

I believe "saunders touched all series 1 wackys" somehow got converted into "Saunders DID all of the Series 1 wackys".

Again, interesting theory, but David Saunders has stated that Norm painted all the die cuts. He has stated that definitively several times, so unless he adds a note of uncertainty, I will assume Norm painted everything in Series 1.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bigtomi on October 14, 2016, 02:05:57 PM
Funny, I always thought that pinky was the spoon handle.
Me, too, Pat. Now that I look at it more closely, I'm quite certain it is. A pinkie wouldn't have a hole thru it near one end, like a large spoon might.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on October 14, 2016, 02:13:12 PM
Could it be Fink is holding his spoon in a "sassy" manner?
Like some people sip from a tea cup?

(I think it looks like a pinkie, since it's flesh color and quite different than the spoon)

(http://www.wackypacks.com/originalart/scans/fink.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on October 14, 2016, 02:40:48 PM
That's the same way I interpreted it. Fink always worked well enough for me. Probably a first series mid-range gag.

The character is expressive, and looking at the high-quality blowup, the can and label look fantastic!


I took it to mean the juice was the fink for its irritating actions.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 14, 2016, 03:20:49 PM
All this fuss about the pinky/spoon... but just look at the top of that can!  Pure artistry.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 14, 2016, 03:23:05 PM
Wow! What a difference. The original art has a deeper green color with nice shadowing. When the stickers were printed, they must have toned down the black quite a bit on press.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on October 14, 2016, 03:50:11 PM
Wow! What a difference. The original art has a deeper green color with nice shadowing. When the stickers were printed, they must have toned down the black quite a bit on press.

The Fink art does look great, but the sticker image Scot used is very washed out. It should look more like a Kelly Green....

(https://s19.postimg.org/nyci7jkf7/image.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: freetoes on October 14, 2016, 03:56:53 PM
I like Fink and Breadcrust because they were two of only three First Series stickers I saw as a kid (the third was Skimpy).  Wink was also the first soda I remember liking, when I was three or four years old, so I recognized the product immediately.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on October 14, 2016, 04:14:44 PM
No sign of Wink in Brooklyn. Never heard of it at all.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 14, 2016, 05:45:51 PM
Me, too, Pat. Now that I look at it more closely, I'm quite certain it is. A pinkie wouldn't have a hole thru it near one end, like a large spoon might.
I though that was a poorly executed finger nail.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: freetoes on October 14, 2016, 08:30:19 PM
No sign of Wink in Brooklyn. Never heard of it at all.

I  don't think a lot of people did.  Though it was readily available in the Panama Canal Zone in the late '60's.
It's funny how some 1st Series products are as obscure as some of those in the later series.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: lucidjc on October 14, 2016, 08:33:38 PM
Wink was alive and well in North East PA as a kid, it was Squirt's rival.


Jim
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 15, 2016, 02:03:34 AM
Diecuts #36 - Maddie Boy

Maddie Boy
Dog Food
100% Condemned Beef
Get rid of your dog fast


Real Product
Laddie Boy
Chicken Dog Food


What does "Maddie" make the product? If anything, "Oddie" Boy would've been better for the normal card if you ask me.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: freetoes on October 15, 2016, 02:44:14 AM
"Maddie," as in a mad dog.  I remember the TV ads for the original product-I think this one tends to get shortchanged just for being the most common of the Series 1's.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 15, 2016, 07:33:25 AM
Diecuts #36 - Maddie Boy

Maddie Boy
Dog Food
100% Condemned Beef
Get rid of your dog fast


Real Product
Laddie Boy
Chicken Dog Food


What does "Maddie" make the product? If anything, "Oddie" Boy would've been better for the normal card if you ask me.

A hard product to find a decent color photo of. Our neighbors at the time had a pet dog that looked a lot like Maddie so their son, who was a few years younger than me, had several Maddie Boy stickers on one of his school notebooks,



(https://s16.postimg.org/xy6a3ufup/maddie1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xy6a3ufup/)

(https://s16.postimg.org/59tc0mdoh/maddie2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/59tc0mdoh/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on October 15, 2016, 05:18:06 PM
All this fuss about the pinky/spoon... but just look at the top of that can!  Pure artistry.

I know, the lid is amazing.  I remember Wink from when I was a kid.  I grew up in Western New York very close to Canada, so we got all of the imported stuff.   I remember this being an odd product since there was no tab to open at the top, you needed a can opener.  It was fairly expensive, so i think I only had it once or twice.  But I remember thinking  it was cool opening it with a can opener.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 15, 2016, 07:05:02 PM
Again, interesting theory, but David Saunders has stated that Norm painted all the die cuts. He has stated that definitively several times, so unless he adds a note of uncertainty, I will assume Norm painted everything in Series 1.
Well, I wrote to David to double check as my recollection matched Tom's and sure enough, Tom is correct, Norm did NOT paint 100% of all diecut titles.  Tom is wrong on Fink, it appears Norm is responsible for the odd pinkie. 

This is the direct quote from David:

"The pinky is no more out-of-proportion that the nose, chin and ears of the little man.  He is a painted cartoon charcater, so Norman Saunders was rendering a fellow with exaggerated features. The same style of rendered cartoon characters was used in most of the Nutty Awards.  The can has a metallic rim that was painted by the same air-brush artist on the Topps staff that did the bottle for Boredoms.  His assignment was to fill in as much of the finished product as he could, so that Topps would only need to pay their “free-lance artist” (Norman Saunders) for the least amount of work.  This approach was later abandoned after the first set of stickers.
...they wanted to use their staff artists to produce as much of the final painting as they could and then only need to pay Norman Saunders for painting the lettering and the characters.  This approach was later abandoned by Topps". 


My comment:
The last sentence refers to Norm doing much of of the painting for each title as the series went on and that is clearly visible in the quality of the art as the middle series and later series are far more superior than the diecuts.

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on October 15, 2016, 07:25:56 PM
It sounds like what this is referring to is more like young comic artists providing assists on non-skill art tasks. Sounds like Norm did all the characters. And the Fink lid looks fantastic, not sure how this is an example of lesser art.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on October 15, 2016, 08:26:27 PM
This is the direct quote from David:

"The pinky is no more out-of-proportion that the nose, chin and ears of the little man. 

That was my thought as I looked at it. The pinkie looked ridiculous until I noticed the other exaggerated features.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 16, 2016, 03:44:18 AM
Diecuts #37 - Coronation

Coronation Evaporating Milk
The milk from condemned cows
Drink it we'll crown you


Real Product
Carnation Sterilized Evaporated Milk


I like the "evaporating" touch. This one's also special because I got my first copy of it yesterday!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Beanball on October 16, 2016, 05:26:47 AM
A little off topic: One thing I appreciate about the original series is the artistic license taken to fill out the sticker. You can see how much longer and thinner the actual can is, but the sticker works because the ratio was altered so the art would fill out the canvas. It makes such a difference.

In my mind, too many of the ANS images were made exactly to scale and got lost with too much white space on the card. Not to mention practically needing a magnifying glass to read the smaller type.
They wasted quite a bit of sticker on some of the Ans. I thought they would put two images on some of them. I agree about them being two small on the print.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on October 16, 2016, 07:28:47 AM
Never having seen the Wink product, I assumed from the wacky that it was a canister sized can like Hawaiaan Punch came in.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 16, 2016, 08:34:19 AM
Diecuts #37 - Coronation

Coronation Evaporating Milk
The milk from condemned cows
Drink it we'll crown you


Real Product
Carnation Sterilized Evaporated Milk


I like the "evaporating" touch. This one's also special because I got my first copy of it yesterday!

This one always seemed a stretch to me as a parody. Not really memorable artwork either.  Nice can top though  ;)

(https://s3.postimg.org/wnrt82j5b/cor1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wnrt82j5b/)

(https://s3.postimg.org/bs5iwtmy7/cor2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/bs5iwtmy7/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 16, 2016, 09:00:33 AM
Why is it a stretch?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 16, 2016, 09:14:59 AM
This one always seemed a stretch to me as a parody. Not really memorable artwork either.  Nice can top though  ;)

(https://s3.postimg.org/wnrt82j5b/cor1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wnrt82j5b/)

(https://s3.postimg.org/bs5iwtmy7/cor2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/bs5iwtmy7/)

Here is a photo of an older can, if anyone cares. LOL
(https://s16.postimg.org/oavc3ae4x/Carnation.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/oavc3ae4x/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 16, 2016, 03:47:36 PM
Why is it a stretch?

Just that most of the parody names, although similar to the real product name, usually denote or imply that the products are less than desirable. Names like Grave, Maddie, Fink, Duzn't, etc. Some of these, more successfully than others even relate back to the actual product in some way. Corontation, although close to the word Carnation, is defined as: the act or ceremony of crowning a king, queen, or other sovereign. So unlike most Wackies, the name change neither relates back to the original product, nor does it impugn the original product in some way. That is just the nature of Wackies in general. I don't mean to claim all Wackies have to be that way. One of my favorite recent Wackies is Polar Spring. This one is more of a satirical statement about global warming than ragging on the original product in any way. Coronation just seems to lack of any of the sting, either satirical or just plain 11 year old level mud slinging variety,  I normally associated with WPs. Then again, I could be wrong.  ;)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 16, 2016, 04:01:48 PM
I don't believe I ever saw Coronation as a kid.  I like the faces on the flowers, and the can art, but the gag leaves me a little confused.  Maybe Cremation would have worked better?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 16, 2016, 04:03:32 PM
I don't believe I ever saw Coronation as a kid.  I like the faces on the flowers, and the can art, but the gag leaves me a little confused.  Maybe Cremation would have worked better?

I think someone made a Cremation Milk parody card on Deviant Art. Someone made a lot of Wacky's on there.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 17, 2016, 02:31:25 AM
Diecuts #38 - Cracked Animals

No Biscuit
Cracked Animals
Laughing Hyena
Dead Alligator
Crazy Zookeeper
Hippy Hippo


Real Product
Nabisco
Barnum's Cracker Animals
(animals vary)


Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 17, 2016, 03:29:12 AM
Diecuts #38 - Cracked Animals

No Biscuit
Cracked Animals
Laughing Hyena
Dead Alligator
Crazy Zookeeper
Hippy Hippo


Real Product
Nabisco
Barnum's Cracker Animals
(animals vary)


Another one of my top 5 favorite Die Cuts. Great parody title, artwork and tag line. What kid didn't love the animal wagon-car shaped box with the string carrying handle? While searching for actual product images, I found its a little difficult to find the yellow box the Wacky is based on. The later red box is much more prevalent.


(https://s10.postimg.org/b95fe39hx/cracked1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/b95fe39hx/)

(https://s10.postimg.org/q6dwf3mqd/cracked2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/q6dwf3mqd/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 17, 2016, 04:27:23 AM
Just that most of the parody names, although similar to the real product name, usually denote or imply that the products are less than desirable. Names like Grave, Maddie, Fink, Duzn't, etc. Some of these, more successfully than others even relate back to the actual product in some way. Corontation, although close to the word Carnation, is defined as: the act or ceremony of crowning a king, queen, or other sovereign. So unlike most Wackies, the name change neither relates back to the original product, nor does it impugn the original product in some way. That is just the nature of Wackies in general. I don't mean to claim all Wackies have to be that way. One of my favorite recent Wackies is Polar Spring. This one is more of a satirical statement about global warming than ragging on the original product in any way. Coronation just seems to lack of any of the sting, either satirical or just plain 11 year old level mud slinging variety,  I normally associated with WPs. Then again, I could be wrong.  ;)

Tarnation would have been a good name for the parody.

Another one of my top 5 favorite Die Cuts. Great parody title, artwork and tag line. What kid didn't love the animal wagon-car shaped box with the string carrying handle? While searching for actual product images, I found its a little difficult to find the yellow box the Wacky is based on. The later red box is much more prevalent.

(https://s10.postimg.org/b95fe39hx/cracked1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/b95fe39hx/)

(https://s10.postimg.org/q6dwf3mqd/cracked2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/q6dwf3mqd/)

I suppose there wasn't a lot of words they could have substituted for Barnum's. Burn 'ems?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 17, 2016, 06:10:07 AM

I suppose there wasn't a lot of words they could have substituted for Barnum's. Burn 'ems?

I think there was a Burn 'ems in a recent ANS series. 

I like Cracked Animals a lot, and the "Cracked" part can be linked to the original product by the word "crackers."
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on October 17, 2016, 07:17:29 AM
I think someone made a Cremation Milk parody card on Deviant Art. Someone made a lot of Wacky's on there.

You might be thinking of this concept I drew for ANS4...

(https://s15.postimg.org/6p5iwa4jr/cremation2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6p5iwa4jr/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: freetoes on October 17, 2016, 08:01:29 PM
I don't believe I ever saw Coronation as a kid.  I like the faces on the flowers, and the can art, but the gag leaves me a little confused.  Maybe Cremation would have worked better?

Cremation would have been better, but it would likely have been considered over the top for a kids' card in 1967.  The gag lies in combining Coronation and "Drink it or We'll Crown You."  ("Crown" being a slang term meaning to conk on the head.)

 I didn't think much of the gag, but I did like the artwork.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: freetoes on October 17, 2016, 08:08:09 PM
Tarnation would have been a good name for the parody.

I suppose there wasn't a lot of words they could have substituted for Barnum's. Burn 'ems?

I thought "Cracked Animals" worked because most kids just called them "Animal Crackers."

Side note:  In 2000, we had a thread on which Wacky character would make the best Presidential candidate.  I went with Crazy Zookeeper, based on his having the most relevant executive experience.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on October 17, 2016, 10:08:36 PM

Tarnation would have been a good name for the parody.

Love it

Who in TARNATION EVAPORATED the MILK?!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 18, 2016, 02:49:15 AM
Diecuts #39 - Hostage

Hostage Cupcakes
Filled with mud
The food kidnappers give to their victims


Real Product
Hostess Cupcakes
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 18, 2016, 10:40:18 AM
Love it

Who in TARNATION EVAPORATED the MILK?!

Exactly! Tarnation would have worked instead of Coronation.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 18, 2016, 11:37:24 AM
Diecuts #39 - Hostage

Hostage Cupcakes
Filled with mud
The food kidnappers give to their victims


Real Product
Hostess Cupcakes



I like the hostage artwork done in the same style as the product cameo silhouette, however, I'd give this one a general overall "Meh" rating.


(https://s10.postimg.org/y8euuot11/hostage1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/y8euuot11/)

(https://s10.postimg.org/6mc3a09o5/hostage2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6mc3a09o5/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 19, 2016, 02:33:45 AM
Diecuts #40 - Mutts

Mutts Apple Juice
Favorite with dogs everywhere


Real Product
Motts Apple Juice
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 19, 2016, 04:14:22 AM
Diecuts #40 - Mutts

Mutts Apple Juice
Favorite with dogs everywhere


Real Product
Motts Apple Juice


Like the title, like the artwork, love dogs. Just seems like there should have been more fodder to pull this one together into a tighter piece.




(https://s15.postimg.org/huloe3m3r/mutts1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/huloe3m3r/)

(https://s15.postimg.org/jnol2f7af/mutts2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/jnol2f7af/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 19, 2016, 04:39:29 AM
Like the title, like the artwork, love dogs. Just seems like there should have been more fodder to pull this one together into a tighter piece.




(https://s15.postimg.org/huloe3m3r/mutts1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/huloe3m3r/)

(https://s15.postimg.org/jnol2f7af/mutts2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/jnol2f7af/)

I really like this title, one of my favorites from Series 1.  Good gag, great mutts, and the bottle is nicely done.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 19, 2016, 04:57:18 AM

I like the hostage artwork done in the same style as the product cameo silhouette, however, I'd give this one a general overall "Meh" rating.


(https://s10.postimg.org/y8euuot11/hostage1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/y8euuot11/)

(https://s10.postimg.org/6mc3a09o5/hostage2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6mc3a09o5/)

Here is an image of just the label from Jason Liebig's collection. I wonder why the font in "Hostage" looks so different on the parody.

(https://s10.postimg.org/gt1808kut/Hostess3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gt1808kut/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 19, 2016, 04:59:52 AM
Like the title, like the artwork, love dogs. Just seems like there should have been more fodder to pull this one together into a tighter piece.




(https://s15.postimg.org/huloe3m3r/mutts1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/huloe3m3r/)

(https://s15.postimg.org/jnol2f7af/mutts2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/jnol2f7af/)

I have another photo showing the bottle...

(https://s18.postimg.org/868vmmdr9/Mott_s_Apple_Juice.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/868vmmdr9/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on October 19, 2016, 05:42:44 AM
Love it

Who in TARNATION EVAPORATED the MILK?!

That would have been a great Wacky tag line,  Only 50 years too late!!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on October 19, 2016, 05:44:51 AM

I like the hostage artwork done in the same style as the product cameo silhouette, however, I'd give this one a general overall "Meh" rating.


(https://s10.postimg.org/y8euuot11/hostage1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/y8euuot11/)

(https://s10.postimg.org/6mc3a09o5/hostage2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6mc3a09o5/)

I always loved this one as a kid.  Maybe because I liked the product so much.  I also liked the detail on the celophane.  It is amazing.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 19, 2016, 06:45:05 AM
I always loved this one as a kid.  Maybe because I liked the product so much.  I also liked the detail on the celophane.  It is amazing.

I always liked Hostage.  The Wacky has so much more detail than the real product!  A decent gag, close to the product name, and I agree, the cellophane is awesome.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on October 19, 2016, 09:44:31 AM
I remember thinking this was one of the best gags. And I was also very familiar with the product.

Diecuts #39 - Hostage

Hostage Cupcakes
Filled with mud
The food kidnappers give to their victims


Real Product
Hostess Cupcakes

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on October 19, 2016, 10:53:46 AM
Here is an image of just the label from Jason Liebig's collection. I wonder why the font in "Hostage" looks so different on the parody.

(https://s10.postimg.org/gt1808kut/Hostess3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gt1808kut/)

..and remember, the Shedds version of Hostage has the proper lettering font!

(https://s19.postimg.org/y2avejwv7/Screen_Shot_2016_10_19_at_1_51_47_PM.png)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 19, 2016, 11:09:05 AM
..and remember, the Shedds version of Hostage has the proper lettering font!

(https://s19.postimg.org/y2avejwv7/Screen_Shot_2016_10_19_at_1_51_47_PM.png)

Oh yeah! Almost forgot about that. Look at the crappy job on the rub-down lettering. Crooked and wavy. LOL!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 20, 2016, 02:26:48 AM
Diecuts #41 - 6 Up

6UP
6 Fooey Ounces
You hate it*It hates you


Real Product
7UP
You like it*It likes you
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 20, 2016, 04:36:14 AM
Diecuts #41 - 6 Up

6UP
6 Fooey Ounces
You hate it*It hates you


Real Product
7UP
You like it*It likes you



Drank a lot of 7up as a kid and always liked their commercials and advertising campaigns so I am biased on this one. The 6up parody name doesn't really mean anything that I know of, still a title I like. The little guy holding back a burp is great.

(https://s22.postimg.org/uianiib71/6up1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/uianiib71/)

(https://s22.postimg.org/wbdk6twdp/6up2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wbdk6twdp/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on October 20, 2016, 10:57:08 AM
This one was more or less filler to me. Out of 10, I give it a 6 up.

Diecuts #41 - 6 Up

6UP
6 Fooey Ounces
You hate it*It hates you


Real Product
7UP
You like it*It likes you

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 20, 2016, 04:21:52 PM
This one was more or less filler to me. Out of 10, I give it a 6 up.

What you said!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 21, 2016, 02:22:49 AM
Diecuts #42 - Skimpy

Skimpy
Crummy Beanut Putter
Made from old peanut shells (Peanuts are expensive)
Nit-Wit-007


Real Product
Skippy
Crunchy Peanut Butter
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 21, 2016, 08:00:42 AM
Diecuts #42 - Skimpy

Skimpy
Crummy Beanut Putter
Made from old peanut shells (Peanuts are expensive)
Nit-Wit-007


Real Product
Skippy
Crunchy Peanut Butter


This one has always been a favorite of mine. Was a heavy consumer of this product. Seemed like you were either a member of the JIF camp, or the SKIPPY camp, except for those freaks that ate Smucker's Goober peanut butter with jelly mixed in  :P. Wars broke out in the school cafeteria over peanut butter preference.

This is a good example of making something great out of not much at all to work with since the original product packaging is pretty drab. One of the iconic WP characters IMHO. Love the touch of the little worms. Strong parody name with a nice supporting tag line.


(https://s22.postimg.org/r2r6t5ly5/skimpy1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/r2r6t5ly5/)

(https://s22.postimg.org/6jwao380t/skimpy2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6jwao380t/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on October 21, 2016, 05:31:21 PM
Mmmmmmm... Beanut putter!

This one has always been a favorite of mine. Was a heavy consumer of this product. Seemed like you were either a member of the JIF camp, or the SKIPPY camp, except for those freaks that ate Smucker's Goober peanut butter with jelly mixed in  :P. Wars broke out in the school cafeteria over peanut butter preference.

This is a good example of making something great out of not much at all to work with since the original product packaging is pretty drab. One of the iconic WP characters IMHO. Love the touch of the little worms. Strong parody name with a nice supporting tag line.


(https://s22.postimg.org/r2r6t5ly5/skimpy1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/r2r6t5ly5/)

(https://s22.postimg.org/6jwao380t/skimpy2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6jwao380t/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on October 21, 2016, 06:07:15 PM
Mmmmmmm... Beanut putter!

I prefer Gubble Bum.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bigtomi on October 21, 2016, 07:26:34 PM
I prefer Gubble Bum.
What the hell is Gubble Bum? Do you mean Guggle Bum?

:P
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on October 21, 2016, 08:49:54 PM
I wonder why Topps would have changed the tag line?

(https://s19.postimg.org/5lctzq7tv/IMG_0726.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 22, 2016, 03:00:32 AM
Diecuts #43 - Jolly Mean Giant

Jolly Mean Giant
He loves to split
PEAS


Real Product
Jolly Green Giant
Very Young Tender
Sweet Peas


One of the non repeats I still need, I love the art. Nothing really wrong about the gag here, it makes sense.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 22, 2016, 03:11:21 AM
Diecuts #43 - Jolly Mean Giant

Jolly Mean Giant
He loves to split
PEAS


Real Product
Jolly Green Giant
Very Young Tender
Sweet Peas


One of the non repeats I still need, I love the art. Nothing really wrong about the gag here, it makes sense.

I think this is a great Wacky, with a good gag and character.  Even the peas are funny.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 22, 2016, 04:59:04 AM
What you said!
Agreed, the incredible imagination changing it from 7 up to 6 up just duzn't do it for me.  Maybe one up since it refers to it hating you, you hating it, people who don't get along tend to one up each other.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 22, 2016, 05:01:48 AM
This one has always been a favorite of mine. Was a heavy consumer of this product. Seemed like you were either a member of the JIF camp, or the SKIPPY camp, except for those freaks that ate Smucker's Goober peanut butter with jelly mixed in  :P. Wars broke out in the school cafeteria over peanut butter preference.

This is a good example of making something great out of not much at all to work with since the original product packaging is pretty drab. One of the iconic WP characters IMHO. Love the touch of the little worms. Strong parody name with a nice supporting tag line.


(https://s22.postimg.org/r2r6t5ly5/skimpy1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/r2r6t5ly5/)

(https://s22.postimg.org/6jwao380t/skimpy2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6jwao380t/)
Love the product, love the art, the gag totally loses me after crummy peanut shells so it falls from top notch as I just don't think the random silliness of beanut putter is of any value here.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 22, 2016, 05:05:13 AM
Diecuts #42 - Skimpy

Skimpy
Crummy Beanut Putter
Made from old peanut shells (Peanuts are expensive)
Nit-Wit-007


Real Product
Skippy
Crunchy Peanut Butter

"Skimpy creamless peanut clutter.  Does not weigh 40 ounces, no where near it"  Detailed Picture of peanut shells gathered at the bottom of the jar.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 22, 2016, 05:06:26 AM
I think this is a great Wacky, with a good gag and character.  Even the peas are funny.
Agreed, no criticism here. shame it was pulled hurting its nostalgic value for most of us not being in series 1.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 22, 2016, 09:12:01 AM
Diecuts #43 - Jolly Mean Giant

Jolly Mean Giant
He loves to split
PEAS


Real Product
Jolly Green Giant
Very Young Tender
Sweet Peas


One of the non repeats I still need, I love the art. Nothing really wrong about the gag here, it makes sense.

I agree with Raw Goo's and Band Ache's comments previously posted on this one. Once again, the possibly anonymous can top renderer, has done an excellent job.
 
(https://s11.postimg.org/b1igyjf7z/jolly1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/b1igyjf7z/)

(https://s9.postimg.org/3phfwxc1n/jolly2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3phfwxc1n/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: DrSushi on October 22, 2016, 11:08:24 AM
"Skimpy creamless peanut clutter.  Does not weigh 40 ounces, no where near it"  Detailed Picture of peanut shells gathered at the bottom of the jar.

Very clever!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 22, 2016, 03:27:12 PM
"Skimpy creamless peanut clutter.  Does not weigh 40 ounces, no where near it"  Detailed Picture of peanut shells gathered at the bottom of the jar.

They had a jar with peanut shells for JIP in the ANS series.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 22, 2016, 06:18:06 PM
Very clever!
:D
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on October 22, 2016, 08:35:01 PM
This title is top notch. A great example to use to introduce someone to Wackys.

Diecuts #43 - Jolly Mean Giant

Jolly Mean Giant
He loves to split
PEAS


Real Product
Jolly Green Giant
Very Young Tender
Sweet Peas


One of the non repeats I still need, I love the art. Nothing really wrong about the gag here, it makes sense.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 23, 2016, 04:25:47 AM
Finally, we've gotten to the very end of the diecuts! It's been a long journey...
Next to the Wacky Ads.

Diecuts #44 - Quacker Oats

Old Fashioned Quacker Oats
Strictly for the birds


Real Product
Old Fashioned Quaker Oats
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 23, 2016, 07:43:03 AM
Finally, we've gotten to the very end of the diecuts! It's been a long journey...
Next to the Wacky Ads.

Diecuts #44 - Quacker Oats

Old Fashioned Quacker Oats
Strictly for the birds


Real Product
Old Fashioned Quaker Oats


Simple, but very effective. Another one of the classics. I couldn't find original packaging with a yellow top (sniff).

(https://s13.postimg.org/507glqhib/quacker1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/507glqhib/)

(https://s13.postimg.org/qb50pzzmr/quaker2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qb50pzzmr/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 23, 2016, 08:25:51 AM
Simple, but very effective. Another one of the classics. I couldn't find original packaging with a yellow top (sniff).

(https://s13.postimg.org/507glqhib/quacker1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/507glqhib/)

(https://s13.postimg.org/qb50pzzmr/quaker2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qb50pzzmr/)

Quacker is a great gag, and it goes perfectly with the wonderfully rendered duck.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 23, 2016, 06:28:26 PM
Quacker is a great gag, and it goes perfectly with the wonderfully rendered duck.
I am unable to ever refer to the real product by anything other than the wacky title hence the sign of a great wacky!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 23, 2016, 06:34:46 PM
I am unable to ever refer to the real product by anything other than the wacky title hence the sign of a great wacky!

Same here!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 24, 2016, 02:01:28 AM
Wacky Ads #1 - Melty Way

Melty Way
Muck Chocolate
Melts in your hand, not in your mouth


Real Product
Milky Way
Milk Chocolate
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 24, 2016, 03:29:58 AM
Wacky Ads #1 - Melty Way

Melty Way
Muck Chocolate
Melts in your hand, not in your mouth


Real Product
Milky Way
Milk Chocolate


I like the parody title and supporting tag lines on this one, although they seem to borrow from M&Ms... the alien is cool.

(https://s21.postimg.org/75kmke7ab/melty1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/75kmke7ab/)

(https://s21.postimg.org/4crf0d6xv/melty2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4crf0d6xv/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 24, 2016, 04:43:41 AM
I like the parody title and supporting tag lines on this one, although they seem to borrow from M&Ms... the alien is cool.

(https://s21.postimg.org/75kmke7ab/melty1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/75kmke7ab/)

(https://s21.postimg.org/4crf0d6xv/melty2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4crf0d6xv/)

I like the Melty Way gag, but really don't care for the Lost version where the Ad text was added onto the Wacky, and the alien was shortened.  That is just way too cluttered!

(https://s12.postimg.org/k07pjrlh5/Ads001.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/k07pjrlh5/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 24, 2016, 04:53:04 AM
I like the Melty Way gag, but really don't care for the Lost version where the Ad text was added onto the Wacky, and the alien was shortened.  That is just way too cluttered!

(https://s12.postimg.org/k07pjrlh5/Ads001.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/k07pjrlh5/)

The packaging used for the spoof is closer to the bar on the attached ad. This is long before my time, but the wrapper appears to have been opaque.

(https://s12.postimg.org/msklzzbxl/6aa343c7e368b4c75e82c1f70faa7a87.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/msklzzbxl/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 24, 2016, 05:04:24 AM
The packaging used for the spoof is closer to the bar on the attached ad. This is long before my time, but the wrapper appears to have been opaque.

(https://s12.postimg.org/msklzzbxl/6aa343c7e368b4c75e82c1f70faa7a87.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/msklzzbxl/)

Thanks for the flyer showing the old packaging!  It's good to see how "Mars" was on it - I thought that was what tied in the Barsoom line on the Ad, but couldn't find anything.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on October 24, 2016, 07:04:40 AM
The packaging used for the spoof is closer to the bar on the attached ad. This is long before my time, but the wrapper appears to have been opaque.
You mean translucent? As it's slightly visible.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on October 24, 2016, 09:57:22 AM
Always enjoyed the Spa Fon nod to EC.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 25, 2016, 02:32:27 AM
Wacky Ads #2 - Plastered

Plastered
Whiskey Flavored Peanuts
Favored by drinkers everywhere


Real Product
Planter's
Dry Roasted Peanuts
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 25, 2016, 04:07:11 AM
Wacky Ads #2 - Plastered

Plastered
Whiskey Flavored Peanuts
Favored by drinkers everywhere


Real Product
Planter's
Dry Roasted Peanuts


I always liked the Wacky Plastered Peanut person. A good parody title. I am an admitted, biased user of the actual product. Looking through pictures to try and find a good match of actual product to Wacky, it strikes me that Planters was really big into product tie-ins and merchandising at an early time. Tons of Planters related cups, jars, trays, toys, etc. dating back quite a ways.

(https://s22.postimg.org/jmll4yqy5/plastered1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/jmll4yqy5/)

(https://s22.postimg.org/gh0zer8bx/plastered2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gh0zer8bx/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 25, 2016, 04:29:12 AM
I always liked the Wacky Plastered Peanut person. A good parody title. I am an admitted, biased user of the actual product. Looking through pictures to try and find a good match of actual product to Wacky, it strikes me that Planters was really big into product tie-ins and merchandising at an early time. Tons of Planters related cups, jars, trays, toys, etc. dating back quite a ways.

(https://s22.postimg.org/jmll4yqy5/plastered1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/jmll4yqy5/)

(https://s22.postimg.org/gh0zer8bx/plastered2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gh0zer8bx/)

I've always liked this gag, and the peanuts are hysterical.  Great job on matching the packaging!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 25, 2016, 04:55:24 AM
Here is the Wacky Ads Plastered artwork compared to the 2nd series art.

(https://s11.postimg.org/lhmz3zb7z/Plastered_comparison.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/lhmz3zb7z/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 25, 2016, 05:06:08 AM
Here is the Wacky Ads Plastered artwork compared to the 2nd series art.

(https://s11.postimg.org/lhmz3zb7z/Plastered_comparison.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/lhmz3zb7z/)

The 2nd series art is vastly superior - those are the peanuts I love!  This is another product I call by the Wacky name.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on October 25, 2016, 07:27:16 AM
Here is the Wacky Ads Plastered artwork compared to the 2nd series art.

(https://s11.postimg.org/lhmz3zb7z/Plastered_comparison.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/lhmz3zb7z/)

I love noticing new things, like the change to the eye from the big eye to the eye patch.   Awesome!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 25, 2016, 12:02:54 PM
The peanut in the ads version definitely looks more civilized.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 25, 2016, 02:25:28 PM
The peanut in the ads version definitely looks more civilized.

And therefore less Wacky!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on October 25, 2016, 04:50:34 PM
I love noticing new things, like the change to the eye from the big eye to the eye patch.   Awesome!

And the expressions on the peanuts in the jars are so much more refined (well, at least artistically).
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 26, 2016, 02:38:09 AM
Wacky Ads #3 - Minute Mud

Minute Mud
Frozen Orange Juice
The favorite of sophisticated pigs everywhere


Real Product
Minute Maid
Frozen Concentrated
Orange Juice


I would have preferred a "dirty" alternative (Having to do with mud - dirty, don't take that the wrong way)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 26, 2016, 03:21:14 PM
Here is the Minute Mud Wacky Ad compared to the 2nd series sticker...
(http://s21.postimg.org/cukx9f8g3/Minute_Mud_art_comparison.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/cukx9f8g3/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 26, 2016, 05:21:02 PM
Here is the Minute Mud Wacky Ad compared to the 2nd series sticker...
(http://s21.postimg.org/cukx9f8g3/Minute_Mud_art_comparison.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/cukx9f8g3/)

And the actual product...
(http://s21.postimg.org/ishlo0o0j/minute2.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/ishlo0o0j/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on October 26, 2016, 05:29:10 PM
And the actual product...
(http://s21.postimg.org/ishlo0o0j/minute2.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/ishlo0o0j/)

Wow, remember that plastic white strip used to open it!     It was sometimes tough to grip.

As a kid I remember when it was my job to make OJ, I would sneak a little spoonful of frozen concentrate before I put it in the pitcher and added water.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 27, 2016, 02:22:52 AM
Wacky Ads #4 - Gloom

Old Gloom Toothpaste
With secret ingredient
Sulfuric Acid


Real Product
Gleem Toothpaste
Fluoride and Brightener


I guess sulfuric acid isn't secret if it says it on the package, huh?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 27, 2016, 04:43:03 AM
Gloom artwork comparison. The gag wording is different.

(http://s3.postimg.org/baqvu82f3/Gloom.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/baqvu82f3/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 27, 2016, 05:37:03 AM
Wow, remember that plastic white strip used to open it!     It was sometimes tough to grip.

As a kid I remember when it was my job to make OJ, I would sneak a little spoonful of frozen concentrate before I put it in the pitcher and added water.

Minute Mud is a good gag, and another product I still call by the Wacky name.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 27, 2016, 08:23:56 AM
Gloom artwork comparison. The gag wording is different.

(http://s3.postimg.org/baqvu82f3/Gloom.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/baqvu82f3/)


Wow, Gleem has sure changed their packaging design a lot over the years. The closest I could find to the WP tube is a Gleem II box below. Anyone have a better match?   This a meh  Wacky for me. We didn't use this product so it didn't have much of an emotional appeal and the gags seem just mediocre on this one.


(http://s13.postimg.org/5hsbkolgj/gleem2.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/5hsbkolgj/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 27, 2016, 08:35:42 AM
Here is a different photo of Gleem...

(http://s13.postimg.org/64prk26cj/Gleem1.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/64prk26cj/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 28, 2016, 02:57:40 PM
Wacky Ads #5 - Vile

Vile Soap
Used by people who want privacy


Real Product
Dial Soap
Deodorant and Beauty Soap
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 28, 2016, 05:39:23 PM
Vile soap art comparison
(https://s16.postimg.org/3uz8wjmtd/Vile_soap.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3uz8wjmtd/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 28, 2016, 07:12:40 PM
Here is a different photo of Gleem...

(http://s13.postimg.org/64prk26cj/Gleem1.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/64prk26cj/)

Apparently no tubes from that epoch have survived.   :'(
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 28, 2016, 07:22:38 PM
Wacky Ads #5 - Vile

Vile Soap
Used by people who want privacy


Real Product
Dial Soap
Deodorant and Beauty Soap


Gotta love that skunk... the little stinker.

(https://s17.postimg.org/vouph1zl7/vile1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/vouph1zl7/)

(https://s17.postimg.org/r48j24fvv/vile2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/r48j24fvv/)

(https://s17.postimg.org/tbcrq1l63/vile4.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/tbcrq1l63/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 29, 2016, 03:30:55 AM
Wacky Ads #6 - Ajerx

Ajerx
The Do Nothing cleanser
Condemned by Good Housebreaking
You gotta be a jerk to use it


Real Product
Ajax
Recommended by Good Housekeeping ?
Blue Dot
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 29, 2016, 03:44:37 AM
Gotta love that skunk... the little stinker.

(https://s17.postimg.org/vouph1zl7/vile1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/vouph1zl7/)

(https://s17.postimg.org/r48j24fvv/vile2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/r48j24fvv/)

(https://s17.postimg.org/tbcrq1l63/vile4.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/tbcrq1l63/)

Vile is middle of the pack for me.  The rhyme title and gag are OK, and you're right, that's a great little skunk.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 29, 2016, 04:52:28 AM
Gotta love that skunk... the little stinker.

(https://s17.postimg.org/vouph1zl7/vile1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/vouph1zl7/)

(https://s17.postimg.org/r48j24fvv/vile2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/r48j24fvv/)

(https://s17.postimg.org/tbcrq1l63/vile4.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/tbcrq1l63/)

I always thought the Dial wrapper was yellow, but it's actually gold, eh?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 29, 2016, 04:53:30 AM
Here are the different Ajerx artworks for comparison...

(https://s21.postimg.org/zfa8bghkj/Ajerx.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/zfa8bghkj/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 29, 2016, 07:47:36 AM
Here are the different Ajerx artworks for comparison...

(https://s21.postimg.org/zfa8bghkj/Ajerx.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/zfa8bghkj/)

Another tough one to find matching original packaging...

(https://s12.postimg.org/seqjzff2h/ajerx1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/seqjzff2h/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 29, 2016, 07:56:20 AM
Another tough one to find matching original packaging...

(https://s12.postimg.org/seqjzff2h/ajerx1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/seqjzff2h/)

I think Ajerx is a great Wacky - good gag, great character, and a nicely done reproduction of the can.  Another product I still call by the Wacky name.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on October 29, 2016, 09:20:16 AM
Agreed! That character is immortal :notworthy:
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on October 29, 2016, 10:25:51 AM


           (http://www.wackypacks.com/animation/ajerx2.gif)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 29, 2016, 12:46:26 PM
Another tough one to find matching original packaging...

(https://s12.postimg.org/seqjzff2h/ajerx1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/seqjzff2h/)

The Lost Wackys website has a packaging photo that is kind of close to the Wacky Ads version...

(https://s22.postimg.org/yszckbnml/AJAX.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/yszckbnml/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 30, 2016, 05:43:58 AM
Wacky Ads #7 - Blunder Bread

Blunder
Extra Heavy Bread
Build your body just by lifting the package!


Real Product
Wonder
Enriched Bread
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on October 30, 2016, 06:51:38 AM
Wacky Ads #7 - Blunder Bread

Blunder
Extra Heavy Bread
Build your body just by lifting the package!


Real Product
Wonder
Enriched Bread


art comparison:

(https://s14.postimg.org/pz951zrp9/Blunder.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/pz951zrp9/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 30, 2016, 08:08:37 AM
I think the quality of the gags and art increases in series 2.  We learned that Norm did NOT "paint all the diecuts" and in fact, once Topps realized they had something hot in wackys and saw how good Norms characters and touch ups were in the diecuts, they increased the usage of Norm.  I am not sure if the gag writers changed too but there seem to be fewer weird abstract references to things kids couldn't possible relate in this series.

I love the titles discussed so far from series 2, not so much the wacky ad versions but the series 2 versions. Like Pat, I refer to almost all of the products by their wacky names. 

Blunder is the first one I am not a fan of from the list so far, I think of blunder as making a mistake and could never reconcile "blunder" and it being heavy.  This should have been wanderbread with the slices of bread wandering around like we had all proposed long ago and like the gag was presented in recent wackys.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 30, 2016, 09:17:53 AM
art comparison:

(https://s14.postimg.org/pz951zrp9/Blunder.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/pz951zrp9/)

Between pictures 2 and 3 below, they figured out how to build strong bodies 4 additional ways. Because... SCIENCE!

(https://s13.postimg.org/7c2x1d37n/blunder2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/7c2x1d37n/)

(https://s13.postimg.org/4j9phc2v7/blunder3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4j9phc2v7/)

(https://s13.postimg.org/rm08gi4cj/blunder4.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rm08gi4cj/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on October 30, 2016, 10:54:45 AM
Love the bulbous, random muscles. Reminds me of Jack Davis.

art comparison:

(https://s14.postimg.org/pz951zrp9/Blunder.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/pz951zrp9/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on October 30, 2016, 11:11:46 AM
The Blunder title in and of itself isn't a great obvious gag like Ajerx, but I always just figured they made a mistake baking the bread and it came out really heavy, instead of light and fluffy like it was supposed to.  The packaging is so well done that it was, and still is, a favorite of mine.  Maybe this one is just pure nostalgia for me.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on October 31, 2016, 12:10:17 PM
Wacky Ads #8 - Metrekill

Metrekill Diet Drink
You'll Die Dieting
No Taste
Garbage Flavor


Real Product
Metrecal Protein Effective
New Taste
Double Fudge


I would've loved to have seen this as a sticker with that skeleton on it.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on October 31, 2016, 12:55:27 PM
Wacky Ads #8 - Metrekill

Metrekill Diet Drink
You'll Die Dieting
No Taste
Garbage Flavor


Real Product
Metrecal Protein Effective
New Taste
Double Fudge


I would've loved to have seen this as a sticker with that skeleton on it.


I had no idea what this product was as a kid. How about tags like "Sludge Flavored", "New waste", and "Proven Defective"  to match the original more closely.


(https://s16.postimg.org/nb0j4qj3l/metrekill2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/nb0j4qj3l/)

(https://s16.postimg.org/akwarnb5d/metrekill1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/akwarnb5d/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on October 31, 2016, 07:49:00 PM

I had no idea what this product was as a kid. How about tags like "Sludge Flavored", "New waste", and "Proven Defective"  to match the original more closely.


(https://s16.postimg.org/nb0j4qj3l/metrekill2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/nb0j4qj3l/)

(https://s16.postimg.org/akwarnb5d/metrekill1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/akwarnb5d/)
I am also unfamiliar with the product, the wacky doesn't nothing for me, I know skeleton stuff appeals to many, this is a bottom 10% wacky for me
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 01, 2016, 02:36:45 AM
Wacky Ads #9 - Ultra Blight

Ultra Blight
Toothpaste
Cleans your teeth... right out of your mouth!


Real Product
Ultra Brite
Toothpaste
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 01, 2016, 03:32:41 AM
Wacky Ads #9 - Ultra Blight

Ultra Blight
Toothpaste
Cleans your teeth... right out of your mouth!


Real Product
Ultra Brite
Toothpaste


Another instance where there is not much on the original packaging to work with. Another WP I rate a "meh".


(https://s21.postimg.org/p1k3ui4rn/ultra1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/p1k3ui4rn/)

(https://s21.postimg.org/b95oyve03/ultra2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/b95oyve03/)

(https://s21.postimg.org/3ugd6hs4j/ultra3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3ugd6hs4j/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on November 01, 2016, 06:27:59 AM
This one always felt more like a public health reminder: "Don't forget to brush twice daily...or else!"
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 01, 2016, 06:52:17 AM
This one always felt more like a public health reminder: "Don't forget to brush twice daily...or else!"

Agreed.  Bottom of the pack for me.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on November 01, 2016, 08:13:14 AM
art comparison:

(https://s14.postimg.org/pz951zrp9/Blunder.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/pz951zrp9/)

I never noticed until now that the Blunder guy in the Wacky Ad doesn't have any hair.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 01, 2016, 12:57:08 PM
I like the concept of Ultra Blight, but I don't think it was executed well.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 02, 2016, 02:24:45 AM
Wacky Ads # 10 - Boo Hoo

Boo - Hoo
Tear Flavored Drink
Drink it 'n' weep


Real Product
Yoo - Hoo


I can't find this original product, but I will give it a point because I've always loved YooHoo.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 02, 2016, 03:50:16 AM
Wacky Ads # 10 - Boo Hoo

Boo - Hoo
Tear Flavored Drink
Drink it 'n' weep


Real Product
Yoo - Hoo


I can't find this original product, but I will give it a point because I've always loved YooHoo.

     As a kid, there was no candy or soda I didn't like, but I never had a hankering for Yoo Hoo. Another example where the WP artist did not have much of a starting point to work with. I didn't find any photo evidence that Yoo Hoo came in a short bottle matching that packaging style back in the 1970s, so may be another incidence where the WP artist took artistic license for a better fit on the sticker.

(https://s11.postimg.org/7ygs50ncv/boohoo1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/7ygs50ncv/)

(https://s11.postimg.org/6yqh9b873/boohoo3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6yqh9b873/)

(https://s11.postimg.org/db5mj5b9b/boohoo2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/db5mj5b9b/)


(https://s14.postimg.org/4w0p46cot/boohoo4.gif) (https://postimg.org/image/4w0p46cot/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 02, 2016, 04:40:42 AM
This is a pretty obvious gag, and while this isn't one of my favorite Wackys, it's not bad.  There was very little for the artist to work with packaging-wise, but at least they got a decent crying guy on the label.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 02, 2016, 04:59:43 AM
     As a kid, there was no candy or soda I didn't like, but I never had a hankering for Yoo Hoo. Another example where the WP artist did not have much of a starting point to work with. I didn't find any photo evidence that Yoo Hoo came in a short bottle matching that packaging style back in the 1970s, so may be another incidence where the WP artist took artistic license for a better fit on the sticker.

(https://s11.postimg.org/7ygs50ncv/boohoo1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/7ygs50ncv/)

(https://s11.postimg.org/6yqh9b873/boohoo3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6yqh9b873/)

(https://s11.postimg.org/db5mj5b9b/boohoo2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/db5mj5b9b/)


(https://s14.postimg.org/4w0p46cot/boohoo4.gif) (https://postimg.org/image/4w0p46cot/)

Here are some more real product photos...

(https://s16.postimg.org/6cw8c5add/Yoo_Hoo1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6cw8c5add/)


(https://s15.postimg.org/5tijnhnfr/Yoo_Hoo2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/5tijnhnfr/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 03, 2016, 12:05:49 PM
Wacky Ads #11 - Hurts

Swallowing this stuff really HURTS your stomach
Pasty Tomatoes


Real Product
Hunt's
Tomato Paste


Definitely one I like.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 03, 2016, 02:00:16 PM
Wacky Ads #11 - Hurts

Swallowing this stuff really HURTS your stomach
Pasty Tomatoes


Real Product
Hunt's
Tomato Paste


Definitely one I like.


I have always liked the Hurting tomato. Such emoting!

(https://s14.postimg.org/pz3g61fl9/hurts1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/pz3g61fl9/)

(https://s16.postimg.org/b36dox8kx/hunts2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/b36dox8kx/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 03, 2016, 03:09:37 PM

I have always liked the Hurting tomato. Such emoting!

(https://s14.postimg.org/pz3g61fl9/hurts1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/pz3g61fl9/)

(https://s16.postimg.org/b36dox8kx/hunts2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/b36dox8kx/)

I really enjoy this one.  That poor, pained tomato just gets me every time!  And it's a good gag on the product name.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 04, 2016, 02:16:45 AM
Wacky Ads #12 - Guerrilla Milk

Guerrilla Milk
Killing
Instant Breakfast
Give it to your enemies - it gets rid of them fast!


Real Product
Gorilla Milk
Instant Breakfast


This would've been so good as a sticker..
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 04, 2016, 05:43:11 AM
Going back to Ultra Blight for a moment - here is something I didn't know. Topps used the Wacky Ads artwork for the Shedd's sticker.

(https://s16.postimg.org/wowzzlzi9/ultrablight_compare.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wowzzlzi9/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 04, 2016, 10:53:02 AM
Just getting caught up on art comparisons. Scot posted the Ultra Blights.

(https://s12.postimg.org/ghz2jk0yx/Boo_Hoo_Tear_Drink.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ghz2jk0yx/)

(https://s12.postimg.org/jem3ju6sp/Hurts.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/jem3ju6sp/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 04, 2016, 12:52:48 PM
Wacky Ads #12 - Guerrilla Milk

Guerrilla Milk
Killing
Instant Breakfast
Give it to your enemies - it gets rid of them fast!


Real Product
Gorilla Milk
Instant Breakfast


This would've been so good as a sticker..

Never had heard of this product as a kid. The real product almost seems like a parody itself. Have you ever tried milking a gorilla?



(https://s14.postimg.org/bgp919mfx/gorilla1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/bgp919mfx/)

(https://s14.postimg.org/uab1y9knx/Gorilla2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/uab1y9knx/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 04, 2016, 01:56:18 PM
Never had heard of this product as a kid. The real product almost seems like a parody itself. Have you ever tried milking a gorilla?

I hope not..
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on November 04, 2016, 09:26:09 PM
The Hurts sticker has one of my favorite characters. I love that tomato!

Just getting caught up on art comparisons. Scot posted the Ultra Blights.

(https://s12.postimg.org/ghz2jk0yx/Boo_Hoo_Tear_Drink.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ghz2jk0yx/)

(https://s12.postimg.org/jem3ju6sp/Hurts.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/jem3ju6sp/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on November 05, 2016, 06:50:17 AM
Just getting caught up on art comparisons. Scot posted the Ultra Blights.

(https://s12.postimg.org/ghz2jk0yx/Boo_Hoo_Tear_Drink.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ghz2jk0yx/)

(https://s12.postimg.org/jem3ju6sp/Hurts.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/jem3ju6sp/)

The tomato lost his right foot in transition from the ad to the sticker  ;)   I love noticing these little subtleties
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on November 05, 2016, 07:39:45 AM
Comparing the 2nd series to the ads also reinforces my feeling that Saunders' precision and attention to detail with packaging is one of the biggest reasons wackys are so appealing.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 05, 2016, 09:43:50 AM
Wacky Ads #13 - Chicken Fat

Chicken Fat
Laundry Detergent
For Lovelier Stains


Fab
Laundry Detergent
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on November 05, 2016, 10:08:44 AM
Did someone say in an earlier post that someone else painted the packaging while Saunders did the characters?


Comparing the 2nd series to the ads also reinforces my feeling that Saunders' precision and attention to detail with packaging is one of the biggest reasons wackys are so appealing.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on November 05, 2016, 10:09:47 AM
This one always seemed like a stretch to me. Maybe the biggest stretch in all of Wackydom. Fab to Chicken Fat.

Wacky Ads #13 - Chicken Fat

Chicken Fat
Laundry Detergent
For Lovelier Stains


Fab
Laundry Detergent

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 05, 2016, 10:20:41 AM
Here is the Chicken Fat art comparisons...

(https://s16.postimg.org/6dbq0s7cx/Chicken_Fat.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6dbq0s7cx/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on November 05, 2016, 01:12:32 PM
This one always seemed like a stretch to me. Maybe the biggest stretch in all of Wackydom. Fab to Chicken Fat.

Agreed. I never understood this one as a kid.  Not sure what "Lovelier stains" exactly means.  And where did the chicken come from?  Why not just call it Fat, And go from there. 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Joe G. on November 05, 2016, 01:22:50 PM
I thought the reference for this was the term "Chicken Fat" coined for MAD comics to describe all the lovely detail and gags Bill Elder put into his work.  The term references Jewish cooking and Chicken Fat which is the tasty part of Chicken Soup.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 05, 2016, 03:30:47 PM
Here is the Chicken Fat art comparisons...

(https://s16.postimg.org/6dbq0s7cx/Chicken_Fat.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6dbq0s7cx/)


(https://s21.postimg.org/vlng19nwz/fab1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/vlng19nwz/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on November 05, 2016, 08:28:51 PM
Did someone say in an earlier post that someone else painted the packaging while Saunders did the characters?
yes, I quoted David Saunders recent email to me.  I always found it interesting how misinformation flows through this hobby.  "Norm did all of the diecuts" really is completely wrong as it suggests Norm did 100% of all of paintings. In fact, he didn't do 100% of ANY of the paintings and he did 0% of Boredoms according to David.

Dave S(Paul Maul here) is probably correct that as series 2 and later series came about, Norm did higher % of the whole wacky which included doing the packaging.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on November 05, 2016, 08:33:54 PM
I really enjoy this one.  That poor, pained tomato just gets me every time!  And it's a good gag on the product name.
Being the owner of the original art to Hurts, of course I love it!  Isn't it ironic that I was going to be the one to "sell out" my art and I only collected the art to flip it yet every one of those folks endedup being the sellouts and have sold all of their art?  I still own Hurts and several other pieces.  I have gotten a few really generous offers for Hurts but the timing was never right.  Some day someone will catch me right and I will sell it but for now, it is easy to say that not all the "A" pieces are in one art collection(Eric's).  There are several wacky art collections that have quite a few pieces but just no "A" pieces so maybe Hurts will one day go there.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Joe G. on November 05, 2016, 08:38:39 PM
Well in terms of Norm's work I don't believe he ever did any airbrushing on Wackys.  So if a Wacky contains airbrushing he couldn't have done 100% of it.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on November 05, 2016, 09:04:39 PM
yes, I quoted David Saunders recent email to me.  I always found it interesting how misinformation flows through this hobby.  "Norm did all of the diecuts" really is completely wrong as it suggests Norm did 100% of all of paintings. In fact, he didn't do 100% of ANY of the paintings and he did 0% of Boredoms according to David.

Well, if misinformation is flowing, it could be because of quotes like this from David's site:

"1967 ­ Wacky Packages ("Die-Cut" series) ­ 44 cards (plus 12 alternates) (Die-Cut images with moisture-activated adhesive backs) [All cards were painted by Norman Saunders.]"
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 06, 2016, 03:32:42 AM
Wacky Ads #14 - Garbage Baby Food

Garbage Baby Food
Pre-chewed MUSH
Strained from the finest Grade "A" garbage


Real Product
Gerber Baby Food
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 06, 2016, 04:22:04 AM
Garbage vs. Gurgle...what do you prefer?

(https://s15.postimg.org/cm4wagnvb/Garbage_Baby_Food.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/cm4wagnvb/)
(https://s16.postimg.org/gurir9ayp/Gerber.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gurir9ayp/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on November 06, 2016, 04:57:29 AM
Garbage vs. Gurgle...what do you prefer?

(https://s15.postimg.org/cm4wagnvb/Garbage_Baby_Food.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/cm4wagnvb/)
(https://s16.postimg.org/gurir9ayp/Gerber.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gurir9ayp/)

Neither! I prefer Gargle ;)
(https://s13.postimg.org/ovlzktpyr/WP_WONKY_Gargle.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ovlzktpyr/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on November 06, 2016, 05:13:36 AM
yes, I quoted David Saunders recent email to me.  I always found it interesting how misinformation flows through this hobby.  "Norm did all of the diecuts" really is completely wrong as it suggests Norm did 100% of all of paintings. In fact, he didn't do 100% of ANY of the paintings and he did 0% of Boredoms according to David.

You're absolutely correct! Some of the names are now forgotten, but there were several other contributors to the final art, including Mae Jeon, an amazing water color and airbrush artist that did many of the product renderings. Topps also had an in-house art department that did lettering and other small details.

I think we tend to forget some of the others because Norm's characters were so dynamic (and hilarious) that they became the focus of most of the attention.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on November 06, 2016, 07:31:09 AM
Gee, I have to go with Gurgle...

Garbage vs. Gurgle...what do you prefer?

(https://s15.postimg.org/cm4wagnvb/Garbage_Baby_Food.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/cm4wagnvb/)
(https://s16.postimg.org/gurir9ayp/Gerber.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gurir9ayp/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 06, 2016, 07:37:58 AM
Being the owner of the original art to Hurts, of course I love it!  Isn't it ironic that I was going to be the one to "sell out" my art and I only collected the art to flip it yet every one of those folks endedup being the sellouts and have sold all of their art?  I still own Hurts and several other pieces.  I have gotten a few really generous offers for Hurts but the timing was never right.  Some day someone will catch me right and I will sell it but for now, it is easy to say that not all the "A" pieces are in one art collection(Eric's).  There are several wacky art collections that have quite a few pieces but just no "A" pieces so maybe Hurts will one day go there.

Hurts is a fantastic Wacky.  How has the original painting held up over the years? 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 06, 2016, 07:44:22 AM
Garbage vs. Gurgle...what do you prefer?

(https://s15.postimg.org/cm4wagnvb/Garbage_Baby_Food.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/cm4wagnvb/)
(https://s16.postimg.org/gurir9ayp/Gerber.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gurir9ayp/)

I prefer the Garbage gag.  Gurgle never quite made sense to me, but I always liked the funny baby on the label.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on November 06, 2016, 06:38:54 PM
Hurts is a fantastic Wacky.  How has the original painting held up over the years?
Better than when it was first discovered. David Saunders meticulously removed some of the brown gunk that had attached itself to the upper part of the art and since he has his dads actual paint, he touched up the spots it left, it looks fantastic.

(https://s13.postimg.org/n5ga4z5v7/HURTS_new.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/n5ga4z5v7/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on November 06, 2016, 06:47:27 PM
Well, if misinformation is flowing, it could be because of quotes like this from David's site:

"1967 ­ Wacky Packages ("Die-Cut" series) ­ 44 cards (plus 12 alternates) (Die-Cut images with moisture-activated adhesive backs) [All cards were painted by Norman Saunders.]"

I will drop him a note and mention this.  I know this topic came up years ago, we all chatted with David and we all can see with our discerning eyes that clearly the art improved after the die-cut series and I know David has confirmed this trend more than once for us.  Much like a lot of our other discoveries that we have forgotten about, no harm in digging this up and discussing again. 

As you stated, series 2 versus wacky ads really shows Norm taking over a much higher % of the work per piece.  Its one of the reasons I wouldn't trade my Hurts for a Series 1 piece and why I went after Hurts more than Fink in Dan's auction.  You should see the Frankenstein art that Norm did in the 1960's.  100% Norm, the detail blows away all wackys.  Best art pickup I ever for me was that Frankenstein art

Here is one of my favorites:

http://www.wackypackage.com/Wacky%20Packs/Frankensteinart/misc-youvetiedmedown.JPG

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bigtomi on November 06, 2016, 08:04:36 PM
I wouldn't trade my Hurts for a Series 1 piece
Not even Band-Ache?  :)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 07, 2016, 03:11:35 AM
Better than when it was first discovered. David Saunders meticulously removed some of the brown gunk that had attached itself to the upper part of the art and since he has his dads actual paint, he touched up the spots it left, it looks fantastic.

(https://s13.postimg.org/n5ga4z5v7/HURTS_new.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/n5ga4z5v7/)

That is absolutely gorgeous!!!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on November 07, 2016, 07:31:19 AM
Not even Band-Ache?  :)
Not sure, I saw band-ache art in person and it was more white and washed out than I had expected.  Because it is such an inconic piece and my favorite, of course I would really have to but from an artistic and condition of art point of view, band-ache has no iconic Saunders character. Not the no brainer trade you would expect.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 07, 2016, 12:08:07 PM
Wacky Ads #15 - Blecch

Things grow better with Blecch Shampoo and Fertilizer
Grow flowers in your hair


Real Product
Breck Shampoo
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 07, 2016, 03:30:11 PM
We just keep moving along...OK...here is the Blecch artwork compared...

(https://s12.postimg.org/732oehbjt/Blecch.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/732oehbjt/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 07, 2016, 05:13:54 PM
We just keep moving along...OK...here is the Blecch artwork compared...

(https://s12.postimg.org/732oehbjt/Blecch.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/732oehbjt/)



(https://s22.postimg.org/85qq7b6d9/blech.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/85qq7b6d9/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 08, 2016, 04:02:41 AM
We just keep moving along...OK...here is the Blecch artwork compared...

(https://s12.postimg.org/732oehbjt/Blecch.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/732oehbjt/)

This one never did anything for me.  Bland art, no character, and a weak gag.  This is one where I prefer the Wacky Ad instead of the Series 2 sticker - at least the extra stuff on the Ad includes characters.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on November 08, 2016, 04:48:31 AM
I prefer this version....

(https://s19.postimg.cc/cnzmbo2lf/image.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 08, 2016, 05:23:54 AM
Where and when was that created and/or published??
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on November 08, 2016, 07:11:38 AM
Where and when was that created and/or published??

It was the back cover of the October, 1964 Mad.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 08, 2016, 12:47:49 PM
Wacky Ads #18 - Schtick Blades

Boy, do these blades Schtick
Be a cut-up
Stupid Stained Steel


Real Product
Schick
Super
5 Super Stained Steel
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Tom Keen on November 08, 2016, 02:11:19 PM
I will drop him a note and mention this.  I know this topic came up years ago, we all chatted with David and we all can see with our discerning eyes that clearly the art improved after the die-cut series and I know David has confirmed this trend more than once for us.  Much like a lot of our other discoveries that we have forgotten about, no harm in digging this up and discussing again. 

As you stated, series 2 versus wacky ads really shows Norm taking over a much higher % of the work per piece.  Its one of the reasons I wouldn't trade my Hurts for a Series 1 piece and why I went after Hurts more than Fink in Dan's auction.  You should see the Frankenstein art that Norm did in the 1960's.  100% Norm, the detail blows away all wackys.  Best art pickup I ever for me was that Frankenstein art

Here is one of my favorites:

http://www.wackypackage.com/Wacky%20Packs/Frankensteinart/misc-youvetiedmedown.JPG
Just looking at the art, it obviously improved from series 1 onward, I am fairly certain I called out glaring examples of this on other threads.  I just don't care enough to try to find the posts. Some middle series pieces are subpar, I suspect these other artists still had a hand in the art along the way.  Series 16 has some of the best detail in the run!    Hey, if you ever want to sell a piece of Frankenstein art, let me know.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Tom Keen on November 08, 2016, 02:18:37 PM
Gosh, so much to catch up.  Will just comment on Gurgle, Bleech and Hurts. 

Gurgle: boring but I do like more than Garbage for nostalgic reasons, never saw wacky ads as a kid
Bleech: ugh
Hurts: love it, notice the tilt in the Hurts guy is different from wacky ad to 2nd series, maybe that is why the foot disappears.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 08, 2016, 07:05:01 PM
Wacky Ads #18 - Schtick Blades

Boy, do these blades Schtick
Be a cut-up
Stupid Stained Steel


Real Product
Schick
Super
5 Super Stained Steel


Schtick artwork compared:

(https://s4.postimg.org/xk470kzs9/Schtick.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xk470kzs9/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 08, 2016, 07:58:51 PM
Schtick artwork compared:

(https://s4.postimg.org/xk470kzs9/Schtick.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xk470kzs9/)


(https://s18.postimg.org/a4ysilxyt/schick.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/a4ysilxyt/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 09, 2016, 03:30:09 AM
Schtick is middle of the pack for me.  Not a bad gag, they nailed the packaging, and managed to get a character on it.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on November 09, 2016, 07:50:10 AM
Schtick artwork compared:

(https://s4.postimg.org/xk470kzs9/Schtick.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xk470kzs9/)

So the series 2 sticker lost a comma and added blood, nice!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 09, 2016, 12:22:14 PM
Wacky Ads #19 - Nertz

Garlic Flavored
Nertz
Takes your breath away...forever


Real Product
Certs
Candy Breath Mints


Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 09, 2016, 12:50:32 PM
Wacky Ads #19 - Nertz

Garlic Flavored
Nertz
Takes your breath away...forever


Real Product
Certs
Candy Breath Mints


Another meh title for me. In case someone wonders... nertz is defined as:  nonsense, nuts —often used interjectionally.  Anyone remember the "two, two. two mints in one" ad campaign shown below?


(https://s12.postimg.org/j3didmpm1/nertz3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/j3didmpm1/)

(https://s12.postimg.org/xnul8gkkp/nertz2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xnul8gkkp/)

(https://s12.postimg.org/xchq9ftih/nertz1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xchq9ftih/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 11, 2016, 02:00:12 AM
I guess the bad computer thing was a one day conundrum..

Wacky Ads #22 - Ditch Masters

Ditch Masters
Cheap Cigars
Ditchdiggers favorite smoke


Real Product
Dutch Masters
Cigars
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 11, 2016, 02:02:00 AM
Wacky Ads #23 - Poopsi

Poopsi
For those who are young


Real Product
Pepsi


Doing two in a row for the lost ad of yesterday..
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 11, 2016, 05:13:23 AM
I guess the bad computer thing was a one day conundrum..

Wacky Ads #22 - Ditch Masters

Ditch Masters
Cheap Cigars
Ditchdiggers favorite smoke


Real Product
Dutch Masters
Cigars


Glad things are back in working order! Here is the Ditch Masters art compared...

(https://s13.postimg.org/vbyeip6lv/Ditch_Masters.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/vbyeip6lv/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 11, 2016, 05:14:12 AM
Wacky Ads #23 - Poopsi

Poopsi
For those who are young


Real Product
Pepsi


Doing two in a row for the lost ad of yesterday..

...and a pair of Poopsies!

(https://s18.postimg.org/ddsl4wi39/Poopsi.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ddsl4wi39/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on November 11, 2016, 06:47:07 AM
Glad things are back in working order! Here is the Ditch Masters art compared...

(https://s13.postimg.org/vbyeip6lv/Ditch_Masters.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/vbyeip6lv/)

Wow, what a difference.  The series 2 sticker makes the Ad look like a child did the faces of the ditch diggers. 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on November 11, 2016, 06:49:30 AM
...and a pair of Poopsies!

(https://s18.postimg.org/ddsl4wi39/Poopsi.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ddsl4wi39/)

Has there ever been any documentation on why the added the 'e' to poopsi?  They also deleted the underline to the word are, but that is not a big deal.   I always likes this one, very simple but the detail on the bottle is outstanding.  Plus I guess the familiarity with the products helps. 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on November 11, 2016, 07:03:25 AM
I think not underlining the "are" is very damaging to the joke.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 11, 2016, 07:07:53 AM
Has there ever been any documentation on why the added the 'e' to poopsi?  They also deleted the underline to the word are, but that is not a big deal.   I always likes this one, very simple but the detail on the bottle is outstanding.  Plus I guess the familiarity with the products helps.

Poopsie does have great detailing on the bottle, and the gag isn't bad.  If it had a character, it would be a little higher in the stack for me.  Still, this isn't the Wacky name I call Pepsi when I buy it in the store.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 11, 2016, 07:30:26 AM
Glad things are back in working order! Here is the Ditch Masters art compared...

(https://s13.postimg.org/vbyeip6lv/Ditch_Masters.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/vbyeip6lv/)


(https://s18.postimg.org/4ooecnnyd/ditch.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4ooecnnyd/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 11, 2016, 07:35:36 AM
...and a pair of Poopsies!

(https://s18.postimg.org/ddsl4wi39/Poopsi.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ddsl4wi39/)

Another product that has had a skazillion (mathematical  term) product variations over the years. Here's the best match I could find...


(https://s21.postimg.org/l1jsxryv7/poopsie.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/l1jsxryv7/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 11, 2016, 09:13:33 AM
Another product that has had a skazillion (mathematical  term) product variations over the years. Here's the best match I could find...

(https://s21.postimg.org/l1jsxryv7/poopsie.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/l1jsxryv7/)

Nothing much to work with but the swirled glass bottle!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 11, 2016, 11:02:40 AM
Nothing much to work with but the swirled glass bottle!

Not even one of their more elaborate Logos.


(https://s21.postimg.org/z5ults2wj/Pepsi.png) (https://postimg.org/image/z5ults2wj/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 12, 2016, 03:56:31 AM
Wacky Ads #24 - Cap'n Crud

Cap'n Crud
Inside: Real pirate!
Tastes cruddy - even in milk
"Help!"


Real Product
Cap'n Crunch
Stays crunchy ...even in milk


One of the most iconic wackys in my opinion.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on November 12, 2016, 09:05:08 AM
Okay, now we're talking!

Wacky Ads #24 - Cap'n Crud

Cap'n Crud
Inside: Real pirate!
Tastes cruddy - even in milk
"Help!"


Real Product
Cap'n Crunch
Stays crunchy ...even in milk


One of the most iconic wackys in my opinion.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 12, 2016, 09:32:14 AM
Wacky Ads #24 - Cap'n Crud

Cap'n Crud
Inside: Real pirate!
Tastes cruddy - even in milk
"Help!"


Real Product
Cap'n Crunch
Stays crunchy ...even in milk


One of the most iconic wackys in my opinion.

Fantastic title gag, great character, and the extra gag lines also crack me up.  This is one of the first titles I pulled from a pack as a kid, so maybe I'm prejudiced, but this is one of my absolute favorites for sure!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 12, 2016, 06:45:07 PM
A Couple of Caps...

(https://s14.postimg.org/uj5v9g1wd/Cap_n_Crud.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/uj5v9g1wd/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 13, 2016, 03:41:54 AM
A Couple of Caps...

(https://s14.postimg.org/uj5v9g1wd/Cap_n_Crud.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/uj5v9g1wd/)


(https://s13.postimg.org/8gztq28ar/crunch.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/8gztq28ar/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 13, 2016, 04:23:29 AM
Wacky Ads #25 - Good and Empty

Good and Empty
Contains 100% Air
Licorice Favored Box


Real Product
Good and Plenty
Artificially flavored licorice candy


Out of all of the titles, this one gets a C&D? That really surprises me.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 13, 2016, 05:39:30 AM
Wacky Ads #25 - Good and Empty

Good and Empty
Contains 100% Air
Licorice Favored Box


Real Product
Good and Plenty
Artificially flavored licorice candy


Out of all of the titles, this one gets a C&D? That really surprises me.

Wacky Ad,  "Lost Wacky", Product


(https://s17.postimg.org/gjbjbnvqz/good1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gjbjbnvqz/)

(https://s22.postimg.org/3wqbrjgzh/good2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3wqbrjgzh/)

(https://s22.postimg.org/ttk045kn1/good3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ttk045kn1/)

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on November 13, 2016, 06:20:14 AM


Out of all of the titles, this one gets a C&D? That really surprises me.

Why? It's not like C&Ds go to the most offensive wacky. It's just whatever company chooses to make a stink.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 13, 2016, 06:27:37 AM
Wacky Ad,  "Lost Wacky", Product


(https://s17.postimg.org/gjbjbnvqz/good1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gjbjbnvqz/)

(https://s22.postimg.org/3wqbrjgzh/good2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3wqbrjgzh/)

(https://s22.postimg.org/ttk045kn1/good3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ttk045kn1/)

I like the title gag, but I think this one works best in the Ad format. 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on November 13, 2016, 07:21:44 AM
I like the title gag, but I think this one works best in the Ad format.

Definitely! I think the blue background really "ads" to the appeal
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: mikecho on November 13, 2016, 03:49:52 PM
Do you think that the next Wacky Ad could be Mixwell Hearse Coffee,the lost one that was supposed to replace Good and Empty? There's a picture of it in the Lost Wackys section of Greg's website if anyone needs to copy or print it.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 14, 2016, 12:09:43 PM
Wacky Ads (LOST WACKY) #25 - Mixwell Hearse

Mixwell Hearse Coffee
Good to the last breath


Real Product
Maxwell House Coffee
Regular Grind
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 14, 2016, 12:41:26 PM
Wacky Ads (LOST WACKY) #25 - Mixwell Hearse

Mixwell Hearse Coffee
Good to the last breath


Real Product
Maxwell House Coffee
Regular Grind



Planned Wacky Ad, "Lost Wacky Sticker", actual product...


(https://s17.postimg.org/cehwjgcyz/mixwell1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/cehwjgcyz/)

(https://s17.postimg.org/xa46up963/mixwell2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xa46up963/)

(https://s17.postimg.org/ku7h0yfu3/mixwell3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ku7h0yfu3/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: mikecho on November 14, 2016, 03:28:32 PM
Thanks a lot,guys.That was really nice of you. I wonder if it's too late to include Janitor in a Slum and Lipoff Tea Bags,the two die-cuts that were never released.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 15, 2016, 01:25:39 PM
Thanks a lot,guys.That was really nice of you. I wonder if it's too late to include Janitor in a Slum and Lipoff Tea Bags,the two die-cuts that were never released.

If I did those, (I guess WE, actually  :great:), I think I'd just implement them after this series.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 15, 2016, 01:30:59 PM
Wacky Ads #26 - Kook

KOOK
Frozen King Size
Menthol Cigarettes for Mental Cases
Caution: May be hazardous to your mental health


Real Product
KOOL
Filter Kings
Menthol Cigarettes
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 15, 2016, 07:30:51 PM
Wacky Ads #26 - Kook

KOOK
Frozen King Size
Menthol Cigarettes for Mental Cases
Caution: May be hazardous to your mental health


Real Product
KOOL
Filter Kings
Menthol Cigarettes


I think Kook is the only parody to be illustrated 3 different times - Wacky Ads, then Wacky Packages, then Wacky Posters!

(https://s14.postimg.org/637othkgt/Kook.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/637othkgt/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 15, 2016, 07:56:59 PM
I think Kook is the only parody to be illustrated 3 different times - Wacky Ads, then Wacky Packages, then Wacky Posters!

(https://s14.postimg.org/637othkgt/Kook.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/637othkgt/)

I added the 2nd picture below to show that although the package itself did not have a penguin on it, one was prominent in the advertising and displays.

(https://s16.postimg.org/eoc4spu5t/kool2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/eoc4spu5t/)
(https://s16.postimg.org/h4dy6kc8h/kook1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/h4dy6kc8h/)


Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on November 15, 2016, 08:27:03 PM
Wacky Ads #26 - Kook

KOOK
Frozen King Size
Menthol Cigarettes for Mental Cases
Caution: May be hazardous to your mental health


Real Product
KOOL
Filter Kings
Menthol Cigarettes


I am not much into smoking related titles. I think this one is done well except "frozen" makes no sense even with the Penguin.  IF they needed an "f"word to replace "filtered", they could have used "freaky" or some word associated with "mental".  This could have been a great wacky with a vintage wacky norm character going mental.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on November 16, 2016, 07:31:56 AM
I think Kook is the only parody to be illustrated 3 different times - Wacky Ads, then Wacky Packages, then Wacky Posters!

(https://s14.postimg.org/637othkgt/Kook.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/637othkgt/)

And each illustration got progressively better!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: mikecho on November 16, 2016, 07:54:40 AM
If I did those, (I guess WE, actually  :great:), I think I'd just implement them after this series.
Thanks again! This is really going above and beyond!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 16, 2016, 12:16:43 PM
Wacky Ads #27 - Exceedrin

Exceedrin
Relief for
Headaches
Beri*Beri
Ingrown Toenails
ETC. ETC. ETC.


Real Product
Excedrin
The extra strength pain reliever
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 16, 2016, 02:53:04 PM
Wacky Ads #27 - Exceedrin

Exceedrin
Relief for
Headaches
Beri*Beri
Ingrown Toenails
ETC. ETC. ETC.


Real Product
Excedrin
The extra strength pain reliever


Don't take more than the recommended dose of two Exceedrins...

(https://s22.postimg.org/it69rsoel/Exceedrin.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/it69rsoel/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 16, 2016, 03:57:28 PM
Don't take more than the recommended dose of two Exceedrins...

(https://s22.postimg.org/it69rsoel/Exceedrin.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/it69rsoel/)


(https://s15.postimg.org/fy7a4t7af/exedrin1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fy7a4t7af/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bigtomi on November 16, 2016, 06:03:41 PM
Don't take more than the recommended dose of two Exceedrins...
You mean, don't exceed the recommended dose of two Exceedrins...?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 17, 2016, 12:05:49 PM
Wacky Ads #28 - Sludgsickle

Sludgsickle
The ice cream that makes you scream


Real Product
Fudgsicle


(No taglines it appears)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 18, 2016, 07:09:40 AM
You mean, don't exceed the recommended dose of two Exceedrins...?

That's even better! Every time I see your avatar, I think of Kevin Malone from The Office.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 18, 2016, 03:15:00 PM
Wacky Ads #30 - Commie

Extra strong
Commie Cleanser
Gets rid of reds, pinkos, hippies, yippies, and flippies


New extra strength
Comet Cleanser
Bleaches out stains... Disinfects better than any other leading cleanser
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Alexeirex on November 18, 2016, 09:51:34 PM
I suspect there is a better box match than the one I posted. I always loved the artwork on this one. On the weak side in terms of parody titles, but the visual on this one is so strong, its one of my favorites.


(https://s22.postimg.org/tthfhs2bx/liptorn1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/tthfhs2bx/)

(https://s22.postimg.org/qnwtrkjpp/liptorn2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qnwtrkjpp/)

If no one has posted the original product yet - I'm still only on page 4 or so - I do recall the soup mix with a red and white checkered table cloth or pattern on the box.

Oh never mind - there it is on pg 5 - A
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 18, 2016, 10:06:48 PM
If no one has posted the original product yet - I'm still only on page 4 or so - I do recall the soup mix with a red and white checkered table cloth or pattern on the box.

Check page 5 of the thread. I posted a photo of a box that is closer in design.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 18, 2016, 10:08:03 PM
Wacky Ads #30 - Commie

Extra strong
Commie Cleanser
Gets rid of reds, pinkos, hippies, yippies, and flippies


New extra strength
Comet Cleanser
Bleaches out stains... Disinfects better than any other leading cleanser


A couple of Commies...

(https://s21.postimg.org/ro4ybujwz/Commie.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ro4ybujwz/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 19, 2016, 07:36:00 PM
A couple of Commies...

(https://s21.postimg.org/ro4ybujwz/Commie.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ro4ybujwz/)


(https://s21.postimg.org/ho4wnvno3/commie3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ho4wnvno3/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 19, 2016, 07:40:57 PM
Wacky Ads #28 - Sludgsickle

Sludgsickle
The ice cream that makes you scream


Real Product
Fudgsicle


(No taglines it appears)


Wacky Ad, "Lost Wacky", and original product.

(https://s13.postimg.org/twnwt3hgz/sludg1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/twnwt3hgz/)

(https://s13.postimg.org/qebwwpgkz/sludg2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qebwwpgkz/)

(https://s14.postimg.org/fsgadva4t/sludg3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fsgadva4t/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 20, 2016, 05:32:55 AM
Wacky Ads #31 - Sailem

Sailem
Crummy cigarettes
It's better to sail 'em than smoke 'em


Real Product
Salem
Menthol Fresh
Filter cigarettes


"...You can't take the country out of Salem"
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 20, 2016, 05:56:19 AM
Wacky Ads #31 - Sailem

Sailem
Crummy cigarettes
It's better to sail 'em than smoke 'em


Real Product
Salem
Menthol Fresh
Filter cigarettes


"...You can't take the country out of Salem"

Two packs of Sailem...

(https://s17.postimg.org/6ge0hu34b/Sailem.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6ge0hu34b/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 20, 2016, 06:23:34 AM

Wacky Ad, "Lost Wacky", and original product.

(https://s13.postimg.org/twnwt3hgz/sludg1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/twnwt3hgz/)

(https://s13.postimg.org/qebwwpgkz/sludg2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qebwwpgkz/)

(https://s14.postimg.org/fsgadva4t/sludg3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fsgadva4t/)

A good gag, and had it been a Series 2 sticker I'd probably be calling the real product by the Wacky name.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 20, 2016, 07:13:56 AM
Two packs of Sailem...

(https://s17.postimg.org/6ge0hu34b/Sailem.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6ge0hu34b/)



(https://s16.postimg.org/dnjqwha6p/sail_em3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/dnjqwha6p/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 20, 2016, 07:30:46 AM
Two packs of Sailem...

(https://s17.postimg.org/6ge0hu34b/Sailem.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6ge0hu34b/)

I liked this one as a kid because I instantly recognized the packaging, but I think the gag is weak.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on November 20, 2016, 04:58:25 PM
I didn't see the ads until years later. Sludgsicle is one of the gags that I still find frustrating that it couldn't be in the sticker series.

A good gag, and had it been a Series 2 sticker I'd probably be calling the real product by the Wacky name.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on November 20, 2016, 04:59:51 PM
This gag made me go "Huh? Did I read that right? Um, okay, I guess."

Two packs of Sailem...

(https://s17.postimg.org/6ge0hu34b/Sailem.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6ge0hu34b/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on November 20, 2016, 06:52:07 PM
A good gag, and had it been a Series 2 sticker I'd probably be calling the real product by the Wacky name.
I am with you 100% on this!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on November 20, 2016, 06:53:40 PM
This gag made me go "Huh? Did I read that right? Um, okay, I guess."
This gag is awful, awful awful.  Is there any oddball rationalization to this one?  Maybe some odd reference to Egyptian prime ministers or something?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Choke_Wagon on November 20, 2016, 10:47:51 PM
I liked this one as a kid because I instantly recognized the packaging, but I think the gag is weak.

I often wonder if Norm Saunders hated painting some of these gags. As a kid I never understood this one and now its just ho-hum- a filler gag.

In hindsight- it would have been funny if they tied in the Witches of Salem or something in that realm.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 21, 2016, 12:13:32 PM
Wacky Ads #32 - Botch Tape

Botch Tape
Stickiest stuff in town


Real Product
Scotch Brand
Transparent Tape
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bigtomi on November 21, 2016, 04:32:31 PM
This gag is awful, awful awful.  Is there any oddball rationalization to this one?  Maybe some odd reference to Egyptian prime ministers or something?
hehehehe
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 21, 2016, 07:23:57 PM
Wacky Ads #32 - Botch Tape

Botch Tape
Stickiest stuff in town


Real Product
Scotch Brand
Transparent Tape


Here are both Botches. I like posting these art comparisons, so I think I'll stick with it for a while.
(https://s11.postimg.org/lbmhzmmgf/Botch_Tape.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/lbmhzmmgf/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 21, 2016, 07:57:24 PM
Here are both Botches. I like posting these art comparisons, so I think I'll stick with it for a while.
(https://s11.postimg.org/lbmhzmmgf/Botch_Tape.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/lbmhzmmgf/)

Another product with about e gazillion packaging styles over the years. This is about the closest i found on short order

(https://s22.postimg.org/xuyz117a5/botch3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xuyz117a5/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on November 21, 2016, 08:18:54 PM
Botch for Scotch is a solid gag. And I love those flies! For me, though the packaging never had that Wacky realism, the kind that jumped out at me. Always seemed a little flat, not like something I could reach in and pick up. I'm sure part of it was I don't remember seeing Scotch Tape packaged that way in real life.

Another product with about e gazillion packaging styles over the years. This is about the closest i found on short order

(https://s22.postimg.org/xuyz117a5/botch3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xuyz117a5/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on November 21, 2016, 08:21:25 PM
Here are both Botches. I like posting these art comparisons, so I think I'll stick with it for a while.
Love the compares, they're keeping me glued to this topic
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on November 21, 2016, 08:24:01 PM
Here are both Botches. I like posting these art comparisons, so I think I'll stick with it for a while.
(https://s11.postimg.org/lbmhzmmgf/Botch_Tape.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/lbmhzmmgf/)
Loved this title, another product that is only referred to by its wacky name in my home.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Choke_Wagon on November 21, 2016, 09:19:38 PM
What bothers me about the Botch art is the execution seems flat compared to what the actual product it was based on now that I see now in the actual photo. The perspective is a bit weak and probably was rushed a bit at the time.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: lucidjc on November 22, 2016, 12:14:26 AM
Here are both Botches. I like posting these art comparisons, so I think I'll stick with it for a while.
(https://s11.postimg.org/lbmhzmmgf/Botch_Tape.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/lbmhzmmgf/)


This was my very first Wacky. Was the only sticker in the pack...my sister got 2 stickers, I cried. I was 5.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on November 22, 2016, 08:55:10 AM
I liked this one as a kid because I instantly recognized the packaging, but I think the gag is weak.

Same here.  This one is so simple, but for some reason I loved this one as a kid.  No character or anything.  Even the tag line makes no sense (how do you sail a cigarette?) but I liked it anyway.  Now, they really could have made a cool sticker for the town of Salem, and included a cool witch or something like that.  Maybe a witch being burned at the stake while lighting her cigarette on the flames from the fire?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on November 22, 2016, 09:01:51 AM
Here are both Botches. I like posting these art comparisons, so I think I'll stick with it for a while.
(https://s11.postimg.org/lbmhzmmgf/Botch_Tape.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/lbmhzmmgf/)

A few things with this one.  First off, always loved it.  Great product recognition, plus I loved the flies.  I always wondered why this one was all black. It really stands out compared to almost all other Wacky's, just like Fearstone does for its uniqueness.  And even as a kid, i wondered why the tape was sticky on top, when the sticky part is underneath.

Also, just noticing now, What the heck happened to that middle fly!!!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 22, 2016, 12:09:30 PM
Same here.  This one is so simple, but for some reason I loved this one as a kid.  No character or anything.  Even the tag line makes no sense (how do you sail a cigarette?) but I liked it anyway.  Now, they really could have made a cool sticker for the town of Salem, and included a cool witch or something like that.  Maybe a witch being burned at the stake while lighting her cigarette on the flames from the fire?

Maybe the stake is a Salem cigarette?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 22, 2016, 12:12:10 PM
Wacky Ads #33 - All Brain

Kooloff's All - Brain
FREE! Antidote inside
The cereal that goes to your head


Real Product
Kellogg's All - Bran
Wheat bran cereal
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bigtomi on November 22, 2016, 05:39:27 PM
I always wondered why this one was all black.
I always assumed that if it just had a standard black border around the image it would look odd, as there would only be a very small area of the border which would remain white. Probably looked better to just blacken the whole border like they did.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 22, 2016, 09:52:15 PM
Wacky Ads #33 - All Brain

Kooloff's All - Brain
FREE! Antidote inside
The cereal that goes to your head


Real Product
Kellogg's All - Bran
Wheat bran cereal


A meeting of the minds...
(https://s16.postimg.org/m6wdqkpr5/All_Brain.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/m6wdqkpr5/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 22, 2016, 10:11:14 PM
A meeting of the minds...
(https://s16.postimg.org/m6wdqkpr5/All_Brain.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/m6wdqkpr5/)


(https://s14.postimg.org/wwahes0vh/all_brain3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wwahes0vh/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 23, 2016, 03:07:34 AM
A meeting of the minds...
(https://s16.postimg.org/m6wdqkpr5/All_Brain.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/m6wdqkpr5/)

I think All-Brain is a great gag, with a funny tag line.  Gotta love a Wacky with a brain on it!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on November 23, 2016, 03:32:13 AM
I also like All-Brain because it's green.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on November 23, 2016, 07:50:53 AM
I think All-Brain is a great gag, with a funny tag line.  Gotta love a Wacky with a brain on it!
Always liked this one but hate the "free antidote inside".  Why not free anything at all that refers to brain or skull like "free cranium inside"
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 23, 2016, 12:11:14 PM
Wacky Ads #34 - Awful Bits

Pest Awful Bits
FREE 24 Vol. Set Encyclopedia Brittanica in every box!


Real Product
Post Alpha Bits
FREE dinky offer


One of my personal favorite wackys.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: DrSushi on November 23, 2016, 04:48:51 PM
Always liked this one but hate the "free antidote inside".  Why not free anything at all that refers to brain or skull like "free cranium inside"

Or Free Thinking?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 23, 2016, 09:04:15 PM
Wacky Ads #34 - Awful Bits

Pest Awful Bits
FREE 24 Vol. Set Encyclopedia Brittanica in every box!


Real Product
Post Alpha Bits
FREE dinky offer


One of my personal favorite wackys.

Shave and a Haircut...Two Bits

(https://s21.postimg.org/54phm4bk3/Awful_Bits.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/54phm4bk3/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on November 23, 2016, 09:16:28 PM
Always liked this one but hate the "free antidote inside".  Why not free anything at all that refers to brain or skull like "free cranium inside"

Or Free Thinking?

I like it Doctor!

I agree, "free antidote inside" is lame.      I guess it refers to an antidote "For the cereal that goes to your head"

Some ideas I thought of are

    "Contains complimentary grey matter"

    "Topps frontal lobe inside"

    "Therapy included"

    "For thinking outside of the box."

    "No pain, no gain"


OK, now I'm being ridiculous . . . 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 24, 2016, 02:15:21 AM
Shave and a Haircut...Two Bits

(https://s21.postimg.org/54phm4bk3/Awful_Bits.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/54phm4bk3/)

Ate a ton of this stuff when I was a kid so I always liked the parody. I never realized how poorly rendered the characters where on the Wacky Ad until comparing side by side. This one may be in the running for most improved Wacky from Ad to sticker.



(https://s13.postimg.org/xxpactner/alphabits_cereal.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xxpactner/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 24, 2016, 02:24:39 AM
A few things with this one.  First off, always loved it.  Great product recognition, plus I loved the flies.  I always wondered why this one was all black. It really stands out compared to almost all other Wacky's, just like Fearstone does for its uniqueness.  And even as a kid, i wondered why the tape was sticky on top, when the sticky part is underneath.

Also, just noticing now, What the heck happened to that middle fly!!!

Good point...I never though about that. Just goes to show how much they Botched the manufacturing of this product  ;)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 24, 2016, 02:29:18 AM
I like it Doctor!

I agree, "free antidote inside" is lame.      I guess it refers to an antidote "For the cereal that goes to your head"

Some ideas I thought of are

    "Contains complimentary grey matter"

    "Topps frontal lobe inside"

    "Therapy included"

    "For thinking outside of the box."

    "No pain, no gain"


OK, now I'm being ridiculous . . .


Or if done today, to stay topical, replace "Wheat Bran Cereal" with "Walking Dead Cereal".
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 24, 2016, 04:14:33 AM
Shave and a Haircut...Two Bits

(https://s21.postimg.org/54phm4bk3/Awful_Bits.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/54phm4bk3/)

Another classic!  Fantastic gag, and I wouldn't change a thing.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 24, 2016, 04:29:15 AM
Wacky Ads #35 - Fish Bone

Fish Bone
That's what it smells like
Russian Dressing


Real Product
Wish Bone
Russian Dressing
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on November 24, 2016, 06:26:50 AM
Ate a ton of this stuff when I was a kid so I always liked the parody. I never realized how poorly rendered the characters where on the Wacky Ad until comparing side by side. This one may be in the running for most improved Wacky from Ad to sticker.



(https://s13.postimg.org/xxpactner/alphabits_cereal.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xxpactner/)

I always wondered why the kids heads were so big in the Wacky version, but after seeing the real cereal box, I guess they did it directly as from the box.  Those kids have big old heads!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 24, 2016, 02:38:49 PM
Wacky Ads #35 - Fish Bone

Fish Bone
That's what it smells like
Russian Dressing


Real Product
Wish Bone
Russian Dressing


One Fish, Two Fish...
(https://s15.postimg.org/a873zjbif/Fish_Bone.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/a873zjbif/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 24, 2016, 05:55:35 PM
One Fish, Two Fish...
(https://s15.postimg.org/a873zjbif/Fish_Bone.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/a873zjbif/)

Another tough one to find a pic old enough to match the wacky. Sorry for the poor quality, had to pull from and old magazine ad online. I always liked this Wacky. Its the Russian character that does it for me.


(https://s21.postimg.org/i6fp8s6pf/fishbone3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/i6fp8s6pf/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 24, 2016, 06:01:06 PM
One Fish, Two Fish...
(https://s15.postimg.org/a873zjbif/Fish_Bone.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/a873zjbif/)

I like this gag a lot, and the changes made from the Ad artwork to OS2 are phenomenal in every way.  I especially like the bottle on the label in OS2.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 24, 2016, 09:58:46 PM
Another tough one to find a pic old enough to match the wacky. Sorry for the poor quality, had to pull from and old magazine ad online. I always liked this Wacky. Its the Russian character that does it for me.


(https://s21.postimg.org/i6fp8s6pf/fishbone3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/i6fp8s6pf/)

Here's one that's a tiny bit closer...
(https://s14.postimg.org/op0xvjv71/Wish_Bone.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/op0xvjv71/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 25, 2016, 04:03:32 AM
Lost Wackys - LIPOFF AND JANITOR IN A SLUM

Lipoff Tea
The "RISKY" Tea
Removes lips, tongues, and teeth


Real Product
Lipton Tea
The "BRISK" Tea



Janitor in a Slum
He doesn't clean anything
not even himself!
Your floor will be no
CLEANER


Real Product
Janitor in a Drum
Industrial Strength
CLEANER


Both pretty good in my opinion.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 25, 2016, 05:25:38 AM
Lost Wackys - LIPOFF AND JANITOR IN A SLUM

Lipoff Tea
The "RISKY" Tea
Removes lips, tongues, and teeth


Real Product
Lipton Tea


There is an ad with the exact product, but it's too small for me to get the information on.

Janitor in a Slum
He doesn't clean anything
not even himself!
Your floor will be no
CLEANER


Real Product
Janitor in a Drum
Industrial Strength
CLEANER


Both pretty good in my opinion.

Here is an image I found for Janitor In A Drum...
(https://s21.postimg.org/sbnzf44cj/Janitor_In_A_Drum.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/sbnzf44cj/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 25, 2016, 11:41:46 AM
Lost Wackys - LIPOFF AND JANITOR IN A SLUM

Lipoff Tea
The "RISKY" Tea
Removes lips, tongues, and teeth


Real Product
Lipton Tea


There is an ad with the exact product, but it's too small for me to get the information on.

Janitor in a Slum
He doesn't clean anything
not even himself!
Your floor will be no
CLEANER


Real Product
Janitor in a Drum
Industrial Strength
CLEANER


Both pretty good in my opinion.




(https://s16.postimg.org/sj8ejj74x/lipoff1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/sj8ejj74x/)

(https://s16.postimg.org/e1b7bjftt/lipoff3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/e1b7bjftt/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 25, 2016, 02:42:56 PM
I'm realizing something...

44 DIE CUTS
36 WACKY ADS
8 SERIES 2 TITLES THAT WERE "NEW"

36+8=44

Maybe the 2nd series new titles were dropped from wacky ads and repainted for the 2nd series?
The world will never know.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 25, 2016, 06:35:49 PM
For Series 2 review, should we skip over the titles that were already covered in Wacky Ads?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 26, 2016, 03:48:34 AM
For Series 2 review, should we skip over the titles that were already covered in Wacky Ads?

That's what I'm planning.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 26, 2016, 03:51:37 AM
1973 Series 2 - Sugarmess Gum

Gadzooka Sugarmess Bubble Gum
Guaranteed to put on weight
Net Wt. 1 Ton


Real Product
Bazooka Sugarless Bubble Gum
New improved flavor
Net Wt. 0.25 Oz.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 27, 2016, 04:15:18 AM
1973 Series 2 - Log Cave In

Log Cave In Syrup
It'll bring down the house


Real Product
Log Cabin Syrup


I really like this and the simplicity of the gag.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on November 27, 2016, 04:56:51 AM
Jason Liebig found a perfect real product match on Sugarmess!

(https://s19.postimg.org/9jx9r5f6r/image.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 27, 2016, 05:09:01 AM
That is definitely the perfect match!  It isn't a bad gag, but it's so-so for me for Series 2.  Of course, the packaging didn't offer much opportunity. 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 27, 2016, 06:47:40 AM
1973 Series 2 - Log Cave In

Log Cave In Syrup
It'll bring down the house


Real Product
Log Cabin Syrup


I really like this and the simplicity of the gag.


I was always fond of this wacky even though it's quite simple. The change from "cabin" to "cave-in" tickles my funny bone for some reason as well as the caved-in cabin "character" . Had to add a picture of the cool old cabin container below.


(https://s12.postimg.org/qmcnzk4xl/log2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qmcnzk4xl/)

(https://s12.postimg.org/p8l1495o9/log1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/p8l1495o9/)

(https://s22.postimg.org/c6ea42ut9/cave3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/c6ea42ut9/)

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on November 27, 2016, 07:42:16 AM
1973 Series 2 - Log Cave In
The first of the true 70's wacky, and a good one.
Dramatic increase in detail and realism compared to the simpler Ad refreshes and many of the die cards.
I think this is the last of the 2nd series for me to finally see, not until the late 90's if I remember right. Never saw it as a kid and it wasn't in the reprints either. It was always a mystery title on the checklist.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 27, 2016, 10:34:40 AM
1973 Series 2 - Log Cave In

Log Cave In Syrup
It'll bring down the house



I like this gag.  The caved in cabin on the label is perfect, and the pioneer inside the bottle cracks me up.  This is another product that I still call by the Wacky name.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 28, 2016, 02:48:48 PM
1973 Series 2 - Gyppy Pop

Gyppy Pop Popcorn
No Flavor
Pops right in the package and all over the house


Real Product
Jiffy Pop Popcorn
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on November 28, 2016, 05:56:52 PM

I was always fond of this wacky even though it's quite simple. The change from "cabin" to "cave-in" tickles my funny bone for some reason as well as the caved-in cabin "character" . Had to add a picture of the cool old cabin container below.


(https://s12.postimg.org/qmcnzk4xl/log2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qmcnzk4xl/)

(https://s12.postimg.org/p8l1495o9/log1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/p8l1495o9/)

(https://s22.postimg.org/c6ea42ut9/cave3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/c6ea42ut9/)

The poster version is a knockout!

(https://s13.postimg.org/do2huki8j/logcvin.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/do2huki8j/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on November 28, 2016, 05:58:22 PM
1973 Series 2 - Gyppy Pop

Gyppy Pop Popcorn
No Flavor
Pops right in the package and all over the house


Real Product
Jiffy Pop Popcorn


Great gag! We could never get this one approved today!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 29, 2016, 02:11:12 AM
Great gag! We could never get this one approved today!

Agreed, Gyppy Pop is a great Wacky.  Why wouldn't you be able to get it approved today?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 29, 2016, 04:33:52 AM
1973 Series 2 - Gyppy Pop

Gyppy Pop Popcorn
No Flavor
Pops right in the package and all over the house


Real Product
Jiffy Pop Popcorn


The wacky and the real product...
(https://s22.postimg.org/kcltxk2kt/gyppy_white_frong_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/kcltxk2kt/)
(https://s22.postimg.org/a09ywy87h/Jiffy_Pop.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/a09ywy87h/)

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on November 29, 2016, 06:00:15 AM
The wacky and the real product...
(https://s22.postimg.org/kcltxk2kt/gyppy_white_frong_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/kcltxk2kt/)
(https://s22.postimg.org/a09ywy87h/Jiffy_Pop.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/a09ywy87h/)

Another one I really like. Another example where the product shape was altered to better fit a rectangular card.

This pic looks like a screen capture from a television commercial but mirrors the letter coloring found on the Wacky but not the background color...



(https://s17.postimg.org/b7ga61ccb/jiffy.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/b7ga61ccb/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on November 29, 2016, 07:05:46 AM
Agreed, Gyppy Pop is a great Wacky.  Why wouldn't you be able to get it approved today?

For a couple of reasons: The title implies you're getting ripped off by the product and "No Flavor" is describing the food in a disparaging way. Both are no-no's nowadays.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 29, 2016, 12:04:12 PM
1973 Series 2 - Putrid Cat Chow

Garbage Flavor
Putrid Cat Chow
The HIGH SMELL cat food


Real Product
Original blend of fish, meat, and milk flavors
Purina Cat Chow
The HIGH PROTEIN cat food


LOVE this one.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 29, 2016, 01:53:17 PM
For a couple of reasons: The title implies you're getting ripped off by the product and "No Flavor" is describing the food in a disparaging way. Both are no-no's nowadays.

That's just ridiculous!  I guess titles like Cap'n Crud and Awful Bits would be rejected, too.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on November 29, 2016, 05:09:18 PM
1973 Series 2 - Putrid Cat Chow

another of the first true 70's wackys, and another brilliant one
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on November 29, 2016, 06:51:18 PM
another of the first true 70's wackys, and another brilliant one

Definitely a Top 10 original series title IMO!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on November 29, 2016, 09:34:03 PM
1973 Series 2 - Putrid Cat Chow

Garbage Flavor
Putrid Cat Chow
The HIGH SMELL cat food


Real Product
Original blend of fish, meat, and milk flavors
Purina Cat Chow
The HIGH PROTEIN cat food


LOVE this one.

Parody and real packaging...
(https://s15.postimg.org/x2ey2st13/putrid_white_front_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/x2ey2st13/)
(https://s16.postimg.org/6w68qf0tt/Purina_Cat_Chow.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6w68qf0tt/)

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on November 30, 2016, 01:48:30 AM
Putrid is a truly fantastic Wacky! 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 30, 2016, 02:12:22 PM
1973 Series 2 - 8 Lives

8-Lives Tuna Bones
Cat Food?
Uses up 8 of your cat's lives in one meal


Real Product
9-Lives
Savory Stew


I like to use the words on the original products that look closest to the wacky, and in this case the can was much more simpler than the wacky. I would personally fix one thing about this wacky, its placement on the sheet.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on November 30, 2016, 05:57:27 PM
I would personally fix one thing about this wacky, its placement on the sheet.

What's wrong with the sheet placement? 😄😀

(https://s19.postimg.org/6pn6hlmeb/8livestan.jpg)

(https://s19.postimg.org/o9wr46iw3/image.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on November 30, 2016, 07:18:51 PM
What's wrong with the sheet placement? 😄😀
those are some really messed up OC's
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on November 30, 2016, 07:28:23 PM
those are some really messed up OC's

Lol, there's something fascinating about a card being butchered and turning out near perfect.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 01, 2016, 12:10:29 PM
1973 Series 2 - Brittle

Brittle Soap Pads
Removes grease, grime, and skin
Makes your hands TOUGH


Real Product
Brillo Steel Soap Pads
The TOUGH pad
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on December 02, 2016, 08:34:45 AM
1973 Series 2 - 8 Lives

8-Lives Tuna Bones
Cat Food?
Uses up 8 of your cat's lives in one meal


Real Product
9-Lives
Savory Stew


I like to use the words on the original products that look closest to the wacky, and in this case the can was much more simpler than the wacky. I would personally fix one thing about this wacky, its placement on the sheet.

Nobody has a photo of a vintage 9-Lives cat food can? This is the best I have from a YouTube video...

(https://s4.postimg.org/4xs80sq4p/9_Lives.png) (https://postimg.org/image/4xs80sq4p/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on December 02, 2016, 08:36:38 AM
1973 Series 2 - Brittle

Brittle Soap Pads
Removes grease, grime, and skin
Makes your hands TOUGH


Real Product
Brillo Steel Soap Pads
The TOUGH pad


Brittle...I mean...Brillo real product photo...

(https://s16.postimg.org/mkignfwo1/Brillo2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/mkignfwo1/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 02, 2016, 12:06:45 PM
1973 Series 2 - Dull

Dull
Sliced Pineapple
For a boring dessert or snack


Real Product
Dole
Sliced Pineapple ?


Can't find packaging. I like this one.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on December 02, 2016, 12:23:01 PM
1973 Series 2 - Dull

Dull
Sliced Pineapple
For a boring dessert or snack


Real Product
Dole
Sliced Pineapple ?


Can't find packaging. I like this one.

Here ya go!

(https://s17.postimg.org/d5vurp6yz/dull_white_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/d5vurp6yz/)
(https://s18.postimg.org/t8khfnwit/Dole_Pineapple.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/t8khfnwit/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 02, 2016, 03:38:58 PM
Thanks Swiski!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on December 02, 2016, 07:34:39 PM

I was always fond of this wacky even though it's quite simple. The change from "cabin" to "cave-in" tickles my funny bone for some reason as well as the caved-in cabin "character" . Had to add a picture of the cool old cabin container below.


(https://s12.postimg.org/qmcnzk4xl/log2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qmcnzk4xl/)


That original bottle pic is just like the poster version that everyone hated!!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on December 02, 2016, 07:37:28 PM
1973 Series 2 - 8 Lives

8-Lives Tuna Bones
Cat Food?
Uses up 8 of your cat's lives in one meal


Real Product
9-Lives
Savory Stew


I think by far the best part of the gag on this one is the simple addition of a question mark.  Brilliant!


I like to use the words on the original products that look closest to the wacky, and in this case the can was much more simpler than the wacky. I would personally fix one thing about this wacky, its placement on the sheet.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 04, 2016, 05:11:41 AM
I forgot to do this yesterday...  :sad:
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 04, 2016, 05:14:27 AM
1973 Series 2 - Run Tony

Run Tony
Rubout Protection
SHELLS (.38 cal.)
Preferred by leading gangsters in the underworld


Real Product
Ronzoni
SHELLS


I personally enjoy this one, but I guess Ronzoni didn't.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on December 04, 2016, 05:34:42 AM
1973 Series 2 - Run Tony

Run Tony
Rubout Protection
SHELLS (.38 cal.)
Preferred by leading gangsters in the underworld


Real Product
Ronzoni
SHELLS


I personally enjoy this one, but I guess Ronzoni didn't.

Anyone have a better box image than this?
(https://s15.postimg.org/4qnse9wwn/Ronzoni1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4qnse9wwn/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 05, 2016, 12:12:29 PM
1973 Series 3 - Harm and Hammer

Harm & Hammer Baking Soda
Sweetens your smells!
Great for refrigerators, bathrooms, and locker rooms


Real Product
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
Bicarbonate of soda
See other uses on back


A start of a great series.. Series 3!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on December 05, 2016, 04:57:56 PM
Love Dull, 8-Lives, Putrid and Log Cave-in. Top notch. Favorites as a kid and I think they still hold up.

1973 Series 2 - Dull

Dull
Sliced Pineapple
For a boring dessert or snack


Real Product
Dole
Sliced Pineapple ?


Can't find packaging. I like this one.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on December 05, 2016, 05:06:25 PM
This is the only card I have a vivid memory of opening a pack and finding. I'd been searching for Run Tony for so long, I just about gave up. I was piling up doubles, triples, quadruples, quintuples, etc., but couldn't complete the series.

One day I bought a couple packs, but really had no hope. And there it was! I was standing on the street corner near the store. I probably threw the wrapper in the ground, as was the custom in those days.

The pun seemed like a stretch, but a clever stretch. And my memory will always be a happy one with this title.


1973 Series 2 - Run Tony

Run Tony
Rubout Protection
SHELLS (.38 cal.)
Preferred by leading gangsters in the underworld


Real Product
Ronzoni
SHELLS


I personally enjoy this one, but I guess Ronzoni didn't.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on December 06, 2016, 04:55:26 AM
1973 Series 3 - Harm and Hammer

Harm & Hammer Baking Soda
Sweetens your smells!
Great for refrigerators, bathrooms, and locker rooms


Real Product
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
Bicarbonate of soda
See other uses on back


A start of a great series.. Series 3!

This logo on the packaging hasn't changed all that much...

(https://s18.postimg.org/4wfsvg56t/Arm_Hammer.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4wfsvg56t/) (https://s12.postimg.org/qmpn6mgnd/6507301f_ba00_4a96_8f2d_c4c23348227c_1_7ffffbe7e.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qmpn6mgnd/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 06, 2016, 12:06:38 PM
1973 Series 3 - Neveready

Neveready to throw away
Zero Lives
Assaulted Battery
Keeps you IN THE DARK


Real Product
Eveready trade mark
Nine Lives
Flashlight Battery
Union Carbide ?


Another great one! I see a trend here.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on December 06, 2016, 07:22:14 PM
1973 Series 3 - Neveready

Neveready to throw away
Zero Lives
Assaulted Battery
Keeps you IN THE DARK


Real Product
Eveready trade mark
Nine Lives
Flashlight Battery
Union Carbide ?


Another great one! I see a trend here.

Vintage battery image...
(https://s12.postimg.org/4ao7pyaah/Eveready1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4ao7pyaah/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Choke_Wagon on December 06, 2016, 08:40:36 PM
Eveready always had an iconic logo. Always happy they have kept the jumping cat through the 9
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 07, 2016, 12:11:13 PM
1973 Series 3 - Crakola

Crakola Crayons
Broken bland colors
Made from bee's wax
160 Crumbled Pieces


Real Product
Crayola Crayons
Different Brilliant Colors
Binney & Smith
16


Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 08, 2016, 12:05:46 PM
1973 Series 3 - BustedFinger

Hurtus
Bustedfinger
Broken Candy


Real Product
Curtus
Butterfinger
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on December 09, 2016, 11:48:32 AM
1973 Series 3 - Crakola

Crakola Crayons
Broken bland colors
Made from bee's wax
160 Crumbled Pieces


Real Product
Crayola Crayons
Different Brilliant Colors
Binney & Smith
16


A colorful Wacky. One of my faves. Simple but very memorable gag. Who didn't use these as kids?



(https://s28.postimg.org/xrqac89nd/crakola1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xrqac89nd/)

(https://s28.postimg.org/3obrka6e1/crakola3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3obrka6e1/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on December 09, 2016, 11:54:54 AM
1973 Series 3 - BustedFinger

Hurtus
Bustedfinger
Broken Candy


Real Product
Curtus
Butterfinger


Another great one, IMO. The real product, in comparison, before it was Nestle. My only gripe on this one is since the product is a finger, wouldn't the tag line "broken handy" be better than "broken candy".


(https://s27.postimg.org/rcpikv17z/bustedfinger1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rcpikv17z/)

(https://s27.postimg.org/kniz4ufvz/bustedfinger3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/kniz4ufvz/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 09, 2016, 12:14:03 PM
1973 Series 3 - Spit & Spill

Mess your house up with
Spit and Spill
The "BIG GLOB" cleaner


Real Product
Pine Fresh
Spic and Span
The BIG JOB cleaner
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on December 09, 2016, 12:24:52 PM
1973 Series 3 - Spit & Spill

Mess your house up with
Spit and Spill
The "BIG GLOB" cleaner


Real Product
Pine Fresh
Spic and Span
The BIG JOB cleaner

Is this the right packaging design?
(https://s23.postimg.org/v1x2qozc7/Spic_and_Span.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/v1x2qozc7/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on December 09, 2016, 01:58:40 PM
Is this the right packaging design?
(https://s23.postimg.org/v1x2qozc7/Spic_and_Span.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/v1x2qozc7/)

Looks like it to me.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 10, 2016, 06:15:01 PM
Sorry I didn't get to this today, I had a wedding to attend. I'd rather get some sleep, so I'll get to it tomorrow. Sorry!  :great:
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on December 11, 2016, 03:52:00 AM
Sorry I didn't get to this today, I had a wedding to attend. I'd rather get some sleep, so I'll get to it tomorrow. Sorry!  :great:

No worries!  I've been having a hard time keeping up with the pace, and day off would help  :-[
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on December 11, 2016, 04:22:45 AM
A colorful Wacky. One of my faves. Simple but very memorable gag. Who didn't use these as kids?



(https://s28.postimg.org/xrqac89nd/crakola1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xrqac89nd/)

(https://s28.postimg.org/3obrka6e1/crakola3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3obrka6e1/)

I loved Crakola as a kid, and used to put extra copies of the sticker on my crayon boxes and cans.  I still think it's a great gag, and a great looking Wacky.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on December 11, 2016, 04:29:49 AM
Another great one, IMO. The real product, in comparison, before it was Nestle. My only gripe on this one is since the product is a finger, wouldn't the tag line "broken handy" be better than "broken candy".


(https://s27.postimg.org/rcpikv17z/bustedfinger1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rcpikv17z/)

(https://s27.postimg.org/kniz4ufvz/bustedfinger3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/kniz4ufvz/)

Gotta love that finger!  Great overall gag.  I never thought about the possibility of "broken handy" but I suppose it could work.  Maybe "broken handy candy"?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on December 11, 2016, 04:39:18 AM
Is this the right packaging design?
(https://s23.postimg.org/v1x2qozc7/Spic_and_Span.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/v1x2qozc7/)

I think Spit and Spill is a decent gag.  I really like the way they replaced the mop with the spit and the house!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 11, 2016, 04:41:13 AM
1973 Series 3 - Koduck

Koduck
Film for ducks
A fowl picture every time
Koduckcolor
"Watch the birdie"


Real Product
Kodak
Kodacolor
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on December 11, 2016, 07:04:52 AM
1973 Series 3 - Koduck

Koduck
Film for ducks
A fowl picture every time
Koduckcolor
"Watch the birdie"


Real Product
Kodak
Kodacolor


What can you say about this iconic Wacky that already hasn't been said? Perhaps the world's first duck face selfie pic. I am sure there is a better match available (as well as a better quality) out there somewhere, but I couldn't find it in short order.


(https://s24.postimg.org/wmm5tw5pt/koduck1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wmm5tw5pt/)

(https://s24.postimg.org/yfp2i7qwh/koduck3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/yfp2i7qwh/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on December 11, 2016, 07:48:12 AM
What can you say about this iconic Wacky that already hasn't been said? Perhaps the world's first duck face selfie pic. I am sure there is a better match available (as well as a better quality) out there somewhere, but I couldn't find it in short order.


(https://s24.postimg.org/wmm5tw5pt/koduck1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wmm5tw5pt/)

(https://s24.postimg.org/yfp2i7qwh/koduck3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/yfp2i7qwh/)

Great gag, wonderful duck, I wouldn't change a thing!  Film for ducks - so silly I still laugh at it   :]
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on December 11, 2016, 04:45:16 PM
What can you say about this iconic Wacky that already hasn't been said? Perhaps the world's first duck face selfie pic. I am sure there is a better match available (as well as a better quality) out there somewhere, but I couldn't find it in short order.


(https://s24.postimg.org/wmm5tw5pt/koduck1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wmm5tw5pt/)

(https://s24.postimg.org/yfp2i7qwh/koduck3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/yfp2i7qwh/)

Thanks Scoot! Here's another photo of a similar Kodak film box...
(https://s23.postimg.org/u3rp3ao7r/Kodacolor1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/u3rp3ao7r/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 12, 2016, 12:04:58 PM
1973 Series 3 - Moonshine Crackers

Moonshine
Wheez - It
Whisky Flavored Crackers
Eat Yourself Drunk!


Real Product
Sunshine
Cheez - It
A Tasty Cheese Cracker
Good... Any old time!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on December 12, 2016, 02:45:33 PM
1973 Series 3 - Moonshine Crackers

Moonshine
Wheez - It
Whisky Flavored Crackers
Eat Yourself Drunk!


Real Product
Sunshine
Cheez - It
A Tasty Cheese Cracker
? What is the line ?


"Good Any Old Time?"
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on December 12, 2016, 02:58:36 PM
1973 Series 3 - Moonshine Crackers

Moonshine
Wheez - It
Whisky Flavored Crackers
Eat Yourself Drunk!


Real Product
Sunshine
Cheez - It
A Tasty Cheese Cracker
? What is the line ?


Anyone have a better photo than this?
(https://s23.postimg.org/dnas8s7c7/Cheez_It1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/dnas8s7c7/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on December 12, 2016, 04:22:55 PM
What can you say about this iconic Wacky that already hasn't been said? Perhaps the world's first duck face selfie pic. I am sure there is a better match available (as well as a better quality) out there somewhere, but I couldn't find it in short order.


(https://s24.postimg.org/wmm5tw5pt/koduck1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wmm5tw5pt/)

(https://s24.postimg.org/yfp2i7qwh/koduck3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/yfp2i7qwh/)

We need more ducks in our wackys!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 13, 2016, 12:09:43 PM
1973 Series 3 - Snatch - A - Pak

Snatch * A * Pak
6 Fattening Servings
(All Brand Names are Kooloff's)
Frosty Snow Flakes
Coo-Coo Krusties chocolate flavor
Apple Jerks


Real Product
Snack * Pack
6 Servings
(All Brand Names are Kellogg's)
Sugar Frosted Flakes
Cocoa Krispies chocolate flavor
Apple Jacks


Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on December 13, 2016, 02:53:21 PM
I think Spit and Spill is a decent gag.  I really like the way they replaced the mop with the spit and the house!

Yes, that was really clever. I also like how this "gross out" gag is way more funny than gross.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on December 13, 2016, 10:40:25 PM
1973 Series 3 - Snatch - A - Pak

Snatch * A * Pak
6 Fattening Servings
(All Brand Names are Kooloff's)
Frosty Snow Flakes
Coo-Coo Krusties chocolate flavor
Apple Jerks


Real Product
Snack * Pack
6 Servings
(All Brand Names are Kellogg's)
Sugar Frosted Flakes
Cocoa Krispies chocolate flavor
Apple Jacks


Here's photos of the actual product outer wrapper and cereal boxes!

(https://s24.postimg.org/6rmjubb69/Snack_Pak1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6rmjubb69/)

(https://s24.postimg.org/x17md3x3l/Snack_Pak2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/x17md3x3l/)

(https://s24.postimg.org/403a3pcnl/Snack_Pak3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/403a3pcnl/)

(https://s24.postimg.org/41d7x4ehd/Snack_Pak4.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/41d7x4ehd/)

(https://s24.postimg.org/ywueo9lxt/Snack_Pak5.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ywueo9lxt/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on December 14, 2016, 03:44:50 AM
 >:D
1973 Series 3 - Snatch - A - Pak

Snatch * A * Pak
6 Fattening Servings
(All Brand Names are Kooloff's)
Frosty Snow Flakes
Coo-Coo Krusties chocolate flavor
Apple Jerks


Real Product
Snack * Pack
6 Servings
(All Brand Names are Kellogg's)
Sugar Frosted Flakes
Cocoa Krispies chocolate flavor
Apple Jacks


I never did get the main gag of "Snatch a Pak" but I always liked this one anyway because of Apple Jerks.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on December 14, 2016, 10:51:57 AM
Here's photos of the actual product outer wrapper and cereal boxes!

(https://s24.postimg.org/6rmjubb69/Snack_Pak1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6rmjubb69/)

(https://s24.postimg.org/x17md3x3l/Snack_Pak2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/x17md3x3l/)

(https://s24.postimg.org/403a3pcnl/Snack_Pak3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/403a3pcnl/)

(https://s24.postimg.org/41d7x4ehd/Snack_Pak4.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/41d7x4ehd/)

(https://s24.postimg.org/ywueo9lxt/Snack_Pak5.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ywueo9lxt/)

Just adding the Wacky Sticker for comparison. This topic will actually be a pretty nice history for showing WPs versus real products:


(https://s23.postimg.org/rc1dookjb/snatch1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rc1dookjb/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on December 14, 2016, 10:55:38 AM
>:D
I never did get the main gag of "Snatch a Pak" but I always liked this one anyway because of Apple Jerks.

Agreed... the "Snatch a Pak" isn't much of a parody. I guess the beauty lies in the individual cereal names.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 14, 2016, 12:20:52 PM
1973 Series 3 - Raw Leaves

Raw Leaves
Class Z Cigarettes
Not for smoking
Raw Leaves leaves your throat raw


Real Product
Raleigh
20 Class Cigarettes
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on December 14, 2016, 02:33:59 PM
>:D
I never did get the main gag of "Snatch a Pak" but I always liked this one anyway because of Apple Jerks.

I also always really liked this one because of the individual cereal boxes, but never really did buy into "Kooloff's" very much
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on December 14, 2016, 09:45:52 PM
1973 Series 3 - Raw Leaves

Raw Leaves
Class Z Cigarettes
Not for smoking
Raw Leaves leaves your throat raw


Real Product
Raleigh
20 Class Cigarettes


Raleigh cigarettes packaging and Raw Leaves parody...

(https://s27.postimg.org/gt3h1v39r/Raleigh1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gt3h1v39r/)
(https://s29.postimg.org/qliys0u77/rawleaves_tan_front_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qliys0u77/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 15, 2016, 02:48:46 PM
1973 Series 3 - Fright Guard

Killette
Fright Guard
Deodorant
The deodorant that will scare off your enemies (and friends)


Real Product
Gillette
Right Guard
Anti-perspirant
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on December 17, 2016, 05:47:36 AM
1973 Series 3 - Fright Guard

Killette
Fright Guard
Deodorant
The deodorant that will scare off your enemies (and friends)


Real Product
Gillette
Right Guard
Anti-perspirant


(https://s30.postimg.org/j2t3xgv4t/Right_Guard2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/j2t3xgv4t/)
(https://s29.postimg.org/6c5rkmetv/wb1_frightguard_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6c5rkmetv/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on December 17, 2016, 06:30:12 AM
...and Fright Guard's sister product....

(https://s19.postimg.org/lstts09wj/image.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on December 17, 2016, 06:31:07 AM
(https://s30.postimg.org/j2t3xgv4t/Right_Guard2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/j2t3xgv4t/)
(https://s29.postimg.org/6c5rkmetv/wb1_frightguard_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6c5rkmetv/)

Not a bad gag I suppose, and they certainly had very dull looking packaging to work with.  I've always liked that the cap is off, as it allows nice detail and the stink cloud.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 17, 2016, 10:03:43 AM
Dr. Ono

Dr. Ono
Crackpot Brain Opener
Causes clots * Tough on nerves
Keep children out of his reach! More dangerous than poison


Real Product
Drano
Drain Pipe Cleaner
Keep out of reach of children
DANGER  :bluegrab: POISON
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Ruffs on December 17, 2016, 10:57:18 AM
...and Fright Guard's sister product....

(https://s19.postimg.org/lstts09wj/image.jpg)
Good Old Pete
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on December 17, 2016, 11:10:10 AM
Dr. Ono

so many great Wackys in Series 3. The first full set of the 70's.

one of my all time favorites for sure.

as someone else pointed out long ago, it looks like the good Dr. is holding a syringe possibly, and that it got painted over by the skull and crossbones. Keeping 'dangerous' artwork out of the reach of children?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on December 17, 2016, 11:56:19 AM

           (http://www.lostwackys.com/images/old-school/sketch-drono-color-0123.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: mikecho on December 17, 2016, 01:25:07 PM
Agreed... the "Snatch a Pak" isn't much of a parody. I guess the beauty lies in the individual cereal names.
If you look at the Master Spreadsheet and at lostwackys.com(click on the '73-'77 Original Series section and then on Snatch-A-Pak in the 3rd Series section) you'll see that this Wacky was originally going to be called Snack Pig (there's a picture of the rough art for it on there).
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on December 17, 2016, 03:35:31 PM
Dr. Ono

Dr. Ono
Crackpot Brain Opener
Causes clots * Tough on nerves
Keep children out of his reach! More dangerous than poison


Real Product
Drano
Drain Pipe Cleaner
Keep out of reach of children
DANGER  :bluegrab: POISON


(https://s29.postimg.org/9xhjhut6b/Drano.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/9xhjhut6b/)
(https://s28.postimg.org/86x6htjm1/doctorono.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/86x6htjm1/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on December 17, 2016, 03:56:31 PM
(https://s29.postimg.org/9xhjhut6b/Drano.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/9xhjhut6b/)
(https://s28.postimg.org/86x6htjm1/doctorono.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/86x6htjm1/)

I really like the title gag, as well as the extra lines, and the crazy doctor is fantastic!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on December 17, 2016, 10:25:11 PM
Drano to Dr. Ono. Maybe the most successful big stretch of any gag! And as a kid, you couldn't not like Brain Opener. The art, the taglines, everything is A+.


(https://s29.postimg.org/9xhjhut6b/Drano.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/9xhjhut6b/)
(https://s28.postimg.org/86x6htjm1/doctorono.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/86x6htjm1/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on December 18, 2016, 06:43:24 AM
(https://s29.postimg.org/9xhjhut6b/Drano.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/9xhjhut6b/)
(https://s28.postimg.org/86x6htjm1/doctorono.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/86x6htjm1/)

I always thought the actual product marketing to be strange... to go with the spelling they chose and then to use the diacritical mark (long vowel symbol) so we know how to pronounce it. Why not just go with "Draino" or am I missing something?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 18, 2016, 12:29:27 PM
1973 Series 3 - Rice a Phoni

Moan & Groan
Rice A Phoni
Chokin' Flavor
LASTS FOREVER it can be used over and over again!



Real Product
Golden Grain
Rice a Roni
Chicken Flavor
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: mikecho on December 18, 2016, 01:59:53 PM
I always thought the actual product marketing to be strange... to go with the spelling they chose and then to use the diacritical mark (long vowel symbol) so we know how to pronounce it. Why not just go with "Draino" or am I missing something?
IIRC, the original name for this one was going to be Braino, which was finally used on the ANS6 sticker (only this time it was a different product, Drano Clog Remover (spoofed as Braino Clod Remover).
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on December 19, 2016, 04:37:11 AM
1973 Series 3 - Rice a Phoni

Moan & Groan
Rice A Phoni
Chokin' Flavor
LASTS FOREVER it can be used over and over again!



Real Product
Golden Grain
Rice a Roni
Chicken Flavor


(https://s27.postimg.org/ut03uet0v/Rice_A_Roni1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ut03uet0v/)
(https://s29.postimg.org/jbetyslyb/p1600_RICEAPHONI.png) (https://postimg.org/image/jbetyslyb/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 19, 2016, 12:32:07 PM
1973 Series 3 - Sledge

Jerkson Sledge
Instantly rids you of dust grime & furniture


Real Product
Johnson Pledge


Another grammatical error on a wacky, (Dust, Grime, and furniture)  :]
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bigtomi on December 19, 2016, 03:32:57 PM
Another grammatical error on a wacky
What's the grammatical error?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on December 19, 2016, 04:00:24 PM
What's the grammatical error?

The missing commas.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: DrSushi on December 19, 2016, 04:19:53 PM
The missing commas.

It could just be missing one comma - the serial or oxford comma is considered optional by some, or so my wife the editor tells me.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_comma

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on December 20, 2016, 05:29:39 AM
1973 Series 3 - Sledge

Jerkson Sledge
Instantly rids you of dust grime & furniture


Real Product
Johnson Pledge


Another grammatical error on a wacky, (Dust, Grime, and furniture)  :]

(https://s27.postimg.org/udos7tij3/Pledge2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/udos7tij3/)
(https://s23.postimg.org/r5zlkkgmf/sledge.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/r5zlkkgmf/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 20, 2016, 02:15:13 PM
1973 Series 3 - No - Tips

No Tips
Swabs for globs
The wiggly swab
No Tips come without cushioned ends
No-Tips give no-refunds


Real Product
Q-Tips
Cotton Swabs
Flexible Sticks
Safety cushioned ends
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bigtomi on December 20, 2016, 03:04:53 PM
The missing commas.
I just wouldn't consider this grammatical; to me, it's a punctuation error, though I guess some lump them into grammatical. And I believe it's only missing one.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on December 20, 2016, 06:49:18 PM
1973 Series 3 - No - Tips

No Tips
Swabs for globs
The wiggly swab
No Tips come without cushioned ends
No-Tips give no-refunds


Real Product
Q-Tips
Cotton Swabs
Flexible Sticks
Safety cushioned ends


(https://s29.postimg.org/p3pugly6b/Q_Tips1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/p3pugly6b/)
(https://s23.postimg.org/mnssq6akn/notips.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/mnssq6akn/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on December 21, 2016, 02:29:01 AM
(https://s27.postimg.org/udos7tij3/Pledge2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/udos7tij3/)
(https://s23.postimg.org/r5zlkkgmf/sledge.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/r5zlkkgmf/)

Another one where they didn't have much to work with.  Good gag and tagline, and I really like the angry housewife.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on December 21, 2016, 02:35:01 AM
(https://s29.postimg.org/p3pugly6b/Q_Tips1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/p3pugly6b/)
(https://s23.postimg.org/mnssq6akn/notips.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/mnssq6akn/)

A decent gag, but it seems like they could have done more with the taglines.  I remember liking it as a kid because it really matched the real product.  I used to stick doubles on the Q-Tip box in the bathroom.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 21, 2016, 01:42:03 PM
1973 Series 3 - Beanball

Stupid
Beanball
All cards the same
Cardboard bubble gum

Real Product
Topps
Baseball
with 1 STICK bubble gum
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on December 21, 2016, 02:00:10 PM
Real product wise, 1973 is one of the only years for which several different unopened pack images were used. Same thing for football packs that year.

(https://s24.postimg.org/6281azi05/IMG_0781.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on December 21, 2016, 11:45:39 PM

          (http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z332/rbishop224/beanball_zpspcrtbiyi.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on December 22, 2016, 03:05:05 AM
Oops, I missed the red triangle....

(https://s19.postimg.org/cp522f40z/image.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Tom Keen on December 22, 2016, 08:36:35 AM
The missing commas.
There are no periods at the end of any sentences either.  Commas would clutter it up.  How many wacky's have commas?  Probably good trivia question.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on December 22, 2016, 04:51:48 PM
It could just be missing one comma - the serial or oxford comma is considered optional by some, or so my wife the editor tells me.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_comma

I didn't know about this. Glad to realize I'm not too old to learn something!

When I write, I use the Oxford comma. Religiously.   Not that it's the right way . . .

. . . . How many wacky's have commas?  Probably good trivia question.

I'm tallying this up and will get back to you in a few days

                 (http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z332/rbishop224/playdumb_small_smaller_images_zpsbbv3q3oy.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on December 22, 2016, 05:17:06 PM
Lots of commas in Commie! It's Comma-ie!


(https://s19.postimg.org/j71qr5ijn/image.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: DrSushi on December 22, 2016, 05:42:14 PM
I didn't know about this. Glad to realize I'm not too old to learn something!

When I write, I use the Oxford comma. Religiously.   Not that it's the right way . . .


I know what you meant about being glad to learn something at our advance age, I just learned about the Oxford comma myself in the last few years - and was quite happy to recall its name! I had always used it before I found out some consider it optional, and now I often omit it - probably due to laziness.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on December 22, 2016, 08:12:35 PM
I know what you meant about being glad to learn something at our advance age, I just learned about the Oxford comma myself in the last few years - and was quite happy to recall its name! I had always used it before I found out some consider it optional, and now I often omit it - probably due to laziness.

Some examples where the Oxford comma SHOULD have been used...

“I’d like to thank my parents, Jesus and Oprah Winfrey.” (Besides suggesting that a child was born to Jesus and Oprah, the lack of a serial comma also implies that Jesus’s last name is Winfrey.)

“A notorious gambler, Charlie Sheen owed money to his ex-wives, Billy Bob Thornton and Hugh Grant.”

“This award is dedicated to my good friends, Young Jeezy and God.”

“…highlights of his global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, an 800-year-old demigod and a dildo collector.” (Note: this is a real example from The Times of London.)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 23, 2016, 05:32:43 AM
Looks like a fun discussion.. I'm going to skip a couple of days because of the holidays if that's okay...

Thanks, and everyone have a merry Christmas.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on December 23, 2016, 11:05:36 AM
Looks like a fun discussion.. I'm going to skip a couple of days because of the holidays if that's okay...

Thanks, and everyone have a merry Christmas.

You too! I will dig for more real product photos during my holiday break. Wish I could find some better images than the ones I own.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: DrSushi on December 23, 2016, 04:33:15 PM
Some examples where the Oxford comma SHOULD have been used...

“I’d like to thank my parents, Jesus and Oprah Winfrey.” (Besides suggesting that a child was born to Jesus and Oprah, the lack of a serial comma also implies that Jesus’s last name is Winfrey.)

“A notorious gambler, Charlie Sheen owed money to his ex-wives, Billy Bob Thornton and Hugh Grant.”

“This award is dedicated to my good friends, Young Jeezy and God.”

“…highlights of his global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, an 800-year-old demigod and a dildo collector.” (Note: this is a real example from The Times of London.)

Great examples! I'll try to refrain from being so lazy as to imply that Nelson Mandela was a dildo collector, even though I have no evidence he wasn't.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 05, 2017, 04:53:16 AM
Looks like Poor Foolball is the next Series 3 parody to critique...

(https://s24.postimg.org/rv9m7mo5t/Football_cards.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rv9m7mo5t/)
(https://s27.postimg.org/6ggtdbr8f/foolball.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6ggtdbr8f/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on January 05, 2017, 05:26:09 AM
Looks like Poor Foolball is the next Series 3 parody to critique...

(https://s24.postimg.org/rv9m7mo5t/Football_cards.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rv9m7mo5t/)
(https://s27.postimg.org/6ggtdbr8f/foolball.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6ggtdbr8f/)

They certainly did a good job recreating the packaging.  The main gag is OK, and I really like the "hard as a brick" bubble gum.  I wonder if they could have fit "so many" before the "you'll never collect 'em all."
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on January 05, 2017, 06:03:06 AM
The question is, why did they change the tag line to the less funny "with gubble bum" for the 1982 album series?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Lavirus on January 05, 2017, 09:18:16 PM
Wow! I never understood why they used the word "Poor" until now! Mystery solved 40+ years later.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 06, 2017, 07:12:05 AM
How would you like a nice Hawaiian Punch? Sure! Powwwww!!!!

(https://s28.postimg.org/8l78p8jg9/hawaiianpunks_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/8l78p8jg9/)
(https://s29.postimg.org/rijz883hv/Hawaiian_Punch1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rijz883hv/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on January 06, 2017, 07:55:37 AM
How would you like a nice Hawaiian Punch? Sure! Powwwww!!!!

(https://s28.postimg.org/8l78p8jg9/hawaiianpunks_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/8l78p8jg9/)
(https://s29.postimg.org/rijz883hv/Hawaiian_Punch1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rijz883hv/)

Bloody nose red, that always makes me crack up  :]   A true classic! 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 09, 2017, 04:39:13 AM
Next is Lucky Stride...

(https://s28.postimg.org/4qes8y3xl/luckystride_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4qes8y3xl/)(https://s30.postimg.org/67asc9bt9/Lucky_Strike1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/67asc9bt9/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on January 09, 2017, 08:12:33 AM
Next is Lucky Stride...

(https://s28.postimg.org/4qes8y3xl/luckystride_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4qes8y3xl/)(https://s30.postimg.org/67asc9bt9/Lucky_Strike1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/67asc9bt9/)

This is another one where I appreciated how they nailed the packaging.  The main gag is OK, but what always made me laugh was the tagline on the side about smoking Wacky Packages!  Is this the only Wacky to specifically use the name Wacky Packages in the art?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on January 09, 2017, 11:39:58 AM
Next is Lucky Stride...

(https://s28.postimg.org/4qes8y3xl/luckystride_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4qes8y3xl/)(https://s30.postimg.org/67asc9bt9/Lucky_Strike1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/67asc9bt9/)

I am glad you had the actual product image that included the bottom. I would never have known where the "D.A./N.G.E.R." came from. So as a non-smoker, what does "L.S./M.F.T." stand for?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on January 09, 2017, 12:25:53 PM
Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on January 09, 2017, 12:54:14 PM
Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco.

There was an Archie story in which the gang were quoting advertising slogans for fun, and Reggie whispered "L.S.M.F.T" to Midge. Then Jughead told Moose it stood for "Let's smooch, my fine tomato."
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 09, 2017, 10:14:07 PM
You're Hired!

(https://s24.postimg.org/fkkdg1u29/Hires2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fkkdg1u29/)(https://s24.postimg.org/jv3mpdoj5/Hires4.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/jv3mpdoj5/)(https://s30.postimg.org/5ys1nh625/hired_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/5ys1nh625/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on January 10, 2017, 04:25:35 AM
You're Hired!

(https://s24.postimg.org/fkkdg1u29/Hires2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fkkdg1u29/)(https://s24.postimg.org/jv3mpdoj5/Hires4.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/jv3mpdoj5/)(https://s30.postimg.org/5ys1nh625/hired_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/5ys1nh625/)

I never did get this gag.  Maybe "Fires" would have been better, with something like "shake it up, aim and pop the top."  Another step forward (Wonky Packages, anyone?) could be "Fired" because you shoot it at your boss.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on January 10, 2017, 04:58:17 AM
Maybe "Fires" would have been better, with something like "shake it up, aim and pop the top."  Another step forward (Wonky Packages, anyone?) could be "Fired" because you shoot it at your boss.

Good one Pat! You're "Hired"! Seriously, "Fires" is great! Just one suggestion: Consider changing it to "Fired" for the Wonky Package ;) ...
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 10, 2017, 05:20:11 AM
Yeah, anything would have been funnier than Hired. How about: Tires - root beer that tastes like your car!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on January 10, 2017, 06:43:10 AM
Yeah, anything would have been funnier than Hired. How about: Tires - root beer that tastes like your car!

I like that better than Hires.  What taglines would you suggest?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 10, 2017, 07:46:41 AM
I like that better than Hires.  What taglines would you suggest?

How about: Tires Soot Beer - The Taste of the Road!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on January 10, 2017, 07:59:37 AM
Liar's Root Beer

Favorite of Fibbers

Your nose grows as the Liars flows!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on January 10, 2017, 12:13:24 PM
Expired Root Beer

Leaves you dead on a rival
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: DrSushi on January 10, 2017, 01:40:34 PM
Maybe I was (and am) a bit slow, but as a kid, I liked it when the title hewed closely to the original so there was little doubt what product was being parodied.

So I liked the title Hired, but it certainly didn't fit with the tag lines. Maybe those should have been changed to something like "It's hard work to finish" and/or "Tastes like blood sweat and tears".
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on January 10, 2017, 02:12:58 PM
Maybe I was (and am) a bit slow, but as a kid, I liked it when the title hewed closely to the original so there was little doubt what product was being parodied.

So I liked the title Hired, but it certainly didn't fit with the tag lines. Maybe those should have been changed to something like "It's hard work to finish" and/or "Tastes like blood sweat and tears".

Yeah, could be because I was only 6 but I really didn't care much about the titles/gags. I cared about the image.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: lucidjc on January 10, 2017, 03:05:58 PM
Yeah, could be because I was only 6 but I really didn't care much about the titles/gags. I cared about the image.

I agree, even with comics of the same period...it was all about the pictures. Actually reading anything did not come until a few years later.


Jim
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Tom Keen on January 10, 2017, 03:11:25 PM
Liar's Root Beer

Favorite of Fibbers

Your nose grows as the Liars flows!
Yours is great!  Hires is an awful gag!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: DrSushi on January 10, 2017, 03:51:13 PM
Maybe I was (and am) a bit slow, but as a kid, I liked it when the title hewed closely to the original so there was little doubt what product was being parodied.

So I liked the title Hired, but it certainly didn't fit with the tag lines. Maybe those should have been changed to something like "It's hard work to finish" and/or "Tastes like blood sweat and tears".

Hired Root Beer - because they'd have to pay you to drink it. Size - 40 hours. Leaves a bitter taste in your mouth.

Sorry, I'm done.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on January 10, 2017, 04:03:23 PM
Hired Root Beer - because they'd have to pay you to drink it. Size - 40 hours. Leaves a bitter taste in your mouth.

Sorry, I'm done.

You quit?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: DrSushi on January 10, 2017, 06:02:09 PM
You quit?

Just with attempts at alternatives to the Hired gag, you guys are stuck with me!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 10, 2017, 06:13:04 PM
Hungry Jerk with the best Hungry Jack box image I could find...

(https://s24.postimg.org/r6m8wuzm9/hungryjerk_3rd_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/r6m8wuzm9/)(https://s24.postimg.org/732eavosh/Hungry_Jack1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/732eavosh/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bigtomi on January 11, 2017, 03:17:43 PM
You quit?
No, he ret-hired.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: DrSushi on January 11, 2017, 04:26:22 PM
No, he ret-hired.

Nice! I'm embarrassed that I missed RawGoo's clever wordplay yesterday, so thanks for picking up the slack!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on January 12, 2017, 12:25:04 AM
Hungry Jerk with the best Hungry Jack box image I could find...

(https://s24.postimg.org/r6m8wuzm9/hungryjerk_3rd_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/r6m8wuzm9/)(https://s24.postimg.org/732eavosh/Hungry_Jack1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/732eavosh/)

Another classic!  And, I like that Hungry Jack image because it includes part of the other Hungry Jerk product.   
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 12, 2017, 04:37:37 AM
You will need the Heimlich Manuever for some Choke King...

(https://s27.postimg.org/k5hrk2trj/chokeking_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/k5hrk2trj/) (https://s23.postimg.org/xblfgvsqf/Chun_King1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xblfgvsqf/) (https://s23.postimg.org/ky8l9z31z/Chun_King2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ky8l9z31z/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on January 12, 2017, 07:36:55 AM
No, he ret-hired.

yes, but now he is re-Hired!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 14, 2017, 12:38:34 PM
Next is Rabid Shave!

(https://s29.postimg.org/vyrpa7f6b/rabidshave_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/vyrpa7f6b/)(https://s30.postimg.org/mybksiegd/Rapid_Shave.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/mybksiegd/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on January 14, 2017, 12:41:36 PM
Next is Rabid Shave!

(https://s29.postimg.org/vyrpa7f6b/rabidshave_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/vyrpa7f6b/)(https://s30.postimg.org/mybksiegd/Rapid_Shave.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/mybksiegd/)

Decent gag, and the dog is great!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on January 14, 2017, 12:48:53 PM
Next is Rabid Shave!

(https://s29.postimg.org/vyrpa7f6b/rabidshave_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/vyrpa7f6b/)

maybe menthol?

(https://s24.postimg.org/axed7j2w1/361788753848_1_0_1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/axed7j2w1/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 14, 2017, 01:01:25 PM
maybe menthol?

(https://s24.postimg.org/axed7j2w1/361788753848_1_0_1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/axed7j2w1/)

Yup...That's a closer match!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 16, 2017, 05:45:49 AM
Motorzola and Mazola...

(https://s24.postimg.org/z9pzi214h/motorzola_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/z9pzi214h/)(https://s27.postimg.org/i84eqzqmn/Mazola2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/i84eqzqmn/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on January 16, 2017, 06:36:55 AM
Motorzola and Mazola...

gag was a bit of a stretch on the name, but other than that, I've always really loved this one. The bottle, oil and bubbles are fascinating to examine. Such a mastery of technique.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on January 16, 2017, 06:44:57 AM
gag was a bit of a stretch on the name, but other than that, I've always really loved this one. The bottle, oil and bubbles are fascinating to examine. Such a mastery of technique.

It is very well painted, and I liked it as a kid, but I still don't get why engine oil was a spoof of cooking oil.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on January 16, 2017, 08:26:24 AM
It is very well painted, and I liked it as a kid, but I still don't get why engine oil was a spoof of cooking oil.

Because they're both called oil?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on January 16, 2017, 08:52:16 AM
Because they're both called oil?

But Motorzola doesn't seem to be a parody of motor oil, either.  Apparently, it is great for your car engine.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on January 16, 2017, 09:18:13 AM
I'm not saying it's particularly funny or clever--many wackys aren't--but the "joke" is just that your cooking oil has been replaced by motor oil.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 19, 2017, 06:52:45 PM
Drowny and Downy...

(https://s23.postimg.org/fnz9klbdj/drowny_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fnz9klbdj/)(https://s27.postimg.org/tdrjs2lgv/Downy.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/tdrjs2lgv/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on January 19, 2017, 07:58:05 PM
Drowny and Downy...
love this one. great art - the suds outside the bottle and on the label, and that bottle.
not sure why 1064 gallons, other than that's a LOT of water
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on January 20, 2017, 09:25:08 AM
Sweathard vs Sweetheart Soap

http://www.lostwackys.com/images/original-series/3rd/sweathard.jpg
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on January 20, 2017, 10:42:26 AM

Sweathard vs Sweetheart Soap

(http://www.lostwackys.com/images/original-series/3rd/sweathard.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on January 20, 2017, 11:23:35 AM
I kinda like the notion you would buy it to smell like an athlete. I could only find one advertisement picture for comparison.


(https://s29.postimg.org/m68g9x65v/sweathard.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/m68g9x65v/)

(https://s29.postimg.org/5jqw0ud83/sweetheart.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/5jqw0ud83/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 20, 2017, 01:06:53 PM
I always thought the guy on Sweathard soap looked like George Kennedy.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on January 20, 2017, 03:23:50 PM
I kinda like the notion you would buy it to smell like an athlete. I could only find one advertisement picture for comparison.


(https://s29.postimg.org/m68g9x65v/sweathard.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/m68g9x65v/)

(https://s29.postimg.org/5jqw0ud83/sweetheart.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/5jqw0ud83/)

Once again, not much to work with on the packaging, but I think the gag is good, and I like the characters that were added.

I still don't know why anyone would name a soap "Sweetheart"   :-\
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on January 20, 2017, 08:03:16 PM
Agreed.  It is rather strange.  Somehow as if the soap in the ad was a actually a real life Wacky parodying some other soap. 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on January 20, 2017, 08:50:01 PM
I still don't know why anyone would name a soap "Sweetheart"   :-\

"Because Sweetheart's extra lather with it's floating lift give you the refreshing luxurious beauty baths you want."

   (http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z332/rbishop224/Sweet_zpscnecjnpj.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 22, 2017, 07:29:22 AM
Lova and Lava. Didn't understand why they needed to change the word. They could have just added a word after Lava in the parody.

(https://s29.postimg.org/oswd7hvr7/lova_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/oswd7hvr7/) (https://s24.postimg.org/d3410qwr5/Lava.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/d3410qwr5/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on January 22, 2017, 08:19:48 AM
Lova and Lava. Didn't understand why they needed to change the word. They could have just added a word after Lava in the parody.

(https://s29.postimg.org/oswd7hvr7/lova_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/oswd7hvr7/) (https://s24.postimg.org/d3410qwr5/Lava.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/d3410qwr5/)

I never did get this one, but they did a good job perking up the packaging!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: DrSushi on January 22, 2017, 08:38:25 AM
I never did get this one, but they did a good job perking up the packaging!

I think Jay said Lova was a form of "Lover" that was popular back in the day. So maybe the "It erupts" line fits and was more risqué than we suspected!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on January 22, 2017, 08:44:28 AM
I never did get this one, but they did a good job perking up the packaging!

I think this is one of the weakest parodies in this series.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on January 22, 2017, 09:14:18 AM
I think this is one of the weakest parodies in this series.
nice art, but yeah, one of the weakest.

maybe go the silly route:  Lama. Fleece-Powered! The Pack Animal Soap.

sure, could be 2 L's to spell it right, but it's a wacky.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 24, 2017, 05:35:09 AM
"It's just natural, it's not a great disaster. People keep talking about it like it's The End of The Earth. It's only a rock group that split up, it's nothing important. You know, you have all the old records there if you want to reminisce." - John Lennon quote after the Beatles break-up

So in the modern age of overdone parallel cards or online exclusive Trump parodies, lets continue to reminisce and celebrate what makes vintage Wacky Packages so great!

Here is the next in line for the 3rd Series - 1.A. compared to A.1.

(https://s29.postimg.org/cafqa715f/1_A_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/cafqa715f/)(https://s29.postimg.org/59c11up6r/A1_steak_sauce1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/59c11up6r/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on January 24, 2017, 08:02:13 AM
...

Here is the next in line for the 3rd Series - 1.A. compared to A.1.

(https://s29.postimg.org/cafqa715f/1_A_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/cafqa715f/)(https://s29.postimg.org/59c11up6r/A1_steak_sauce1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/59c11up6r/)

So, out of the blue comes a pretty politically charged Wacky for it's time. How many today would get the 1A and 4F references? Although not much in the artwork department, I think this was a pretty clever and perhaps one of the more subtle parodies of this set, although admittedly, the "shake well to become 4F" and "Heck no! You won't go!" tag lines don't really tie back to the original product in any way. Certainly a departure from most Wackies of this time period.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 25, 2017, 07:00:39 PM
Hurtz and Hartz...


(https://s23.postimg.org/4yumkvzwn/hurtz_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4yumkvzwn/)(https://s28.postimg.org/v37j2iy1l/Hartz.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/v37j2iy1l/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on January 26, 2017, 05:55:26 AM
Hurtz and Hartz...


(https://s23.postimg.org/4yumkvzwn/hurtz_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4yumkvzwn/)(https://s28.postimg.org/v37j2iy1l/Hartz.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/v37j2iy1l/)

I liked this one as a kid but I bet they couldn't get away with the same artwork today.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on January 26, 2017, 06:17:42 AM
I liked this one as a kid but I bet they couldn't get away with the same artwork today.

I like this Wacky, and think it's a good gag.  They did a great job on the packaging!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 26, 2017, 07:14:11 AM
I liked this one as a kid but I bet they couldn't get away with the same artwork today.

My wife is a birdwatcher, so she hates this gag!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 27, 2017, 04:50:33 AM
Argh and Argo...

(https://s30.postimg.org/u2p0qv2u5/argh_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/u2p0qv2u5/)(https://s28.postimg.org/tr7kkntgp/Argo.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/tr7kkntgp/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: quas on January 27, 2017, 07:45:51 AM
My wife is a birdwatcher, so she hates this gag!

So do I.  I even sold my Superfractor of it.  But for some reason I don't mind Grave Train or Choke Wagon.  I think it's because of the arrow in the bird, whereas there is nothing comparable in the two dog Wackies.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: lucidjc on January 27, 2017, 01:56:28 PM
So do I.  I even sold my Superfractor of it.  But for some reason I don't mind Grave Train or Choke Wagon.  I think it's because of the arrow in the bird, whereas there is nothing comparable in the two dog Wackies.

I agree, would have been so much better with the bird choking on a pull tab, or better yet a pull tab around its neck. The arrow has the connotation that it was shot by a human to kill the bird and nothing to do with the garbage(which I love on this one) in the product killing the bird. As a small child I thought it was a bit sad. I think its actually the blood that hits home.

Jim
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 28, 2017, 05:19:09 AM
Wrapping up Series 3 - here is Windchester...

(https://s24.postimg.org/hf0ck2oxd/windchester_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/hf0ck2oxd/)(https://s27.postimg.org/x63hcc9jz/Winchester.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/x63hcc9jz/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on January 28, 2017, 05:42:45 AM
Wrapping up Series 3 - here is Windchester...

(https://s24.postimg.org/hf0ck2oxd/windchester_tan_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/hf0ck2oxd/)(https://s27.postimg.org/x63hcc9jz/Winchester.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/x63hcc9jz/)

I guess the product name was a pretty easy change, and the packaging and guns are well done, but this one never did much for me gag-wise. 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on January 28, 2017, 06:18:55 AM
I guess the product name was a pretty easy change, and the packaging and guns are well done, but this one never did much for me gag-wise.
another one like Lova, where the actual product name is correct for the gag, but the name had to be altered to nonsense so it can be a Wacky.
unique in that there's background painting behind the guns, so that they'd stand out against what would otherwise be a black background.
the only change I'd make is to reverse the order of the points in the target. Highest points in the center, and dropping lower toward the outer circle
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on January 28, 2017, 06:37:26 AM
the only change I'd make is to reverse the order of the points in the target. Highest points in the center, and dropping lower toward the outer circle

Isn't that supposed to be part of the joke, that it's backwards?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Bigmuc13 on January 28, 2017, 04:26:40 PM
Isn't that supposed to be part of the joke, that it's backwards?

Yep I noticed that a long time ago and thought it was clever, but someone posted a pic from I believe a 1969 Mad Magazine cover that had done this first, with of course Alfred E. in the bullseye for the lowest score.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on January 29, 2017, 06:30:45 AM
4th series 1973

Milk Foam


(https://s28.postimg.org/gbp8pu67d/milkfoam_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gbp8pu67d/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 29, 2017, 10:17:20 AM
Milk Foam


(https://s28.postimg.org/gbp8pu67d/milkfoam_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gbp8pu67d/)

You should probably mention we are starting the 4th series.
Here is actual Milk Bone packaging, the best I have.
(https://s30.postimg.org/ducqw45tp/Milk_Bone1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ducqw45tp/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on January 29, 2017, 10:21:35 AM
You should probably mention we are starting the 4th series.
Here is actual Milk Bone packaging, the best I have.
(https://s30.postimg.org/ducqw45tp/Milk_Bone1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ducqw45tp/)

This one has always made me laugh.  Something about the dog brushing his teeth and looking rabid just gets me!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on January 30, 2017, 12:16:23 PM
Cheapios for a great breakfast..


(https://s30.postimg.org/ra8wvhni5/cheapios_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ra8wvhni5/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on January 30, 2017, 12:31:31 PM
another one like Lova, where the actual product name is correct for the gag, but the name had to be altered to nonsense so it can be a Wacky.

I'd be curious to know if the original brand name was intended to be a reference to the gun maker.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on January 30, 2017, 03:57:10 PM
Cheapios for a great breakfast..


(https://s30.postimg.org/ra8wvhni5/cheapios_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ra8wvhni5/)

Cheapios and Cheerios comparison...


(https://s24.postimg.org/49ilcvuxd/cheapios_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/49ilcvuxd/)(https://s30.postimg.org/qctpesin1/Cheerios.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qctpesin1/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on January 31, 2017, 12:06:59 PM
Rinkled Wrap


(https://s30.postimg.org/ilgxo4159/rinkledwrap_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ilgxo4159/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 02, 2017, 04:16:20 AM
Rinkled Wrap


(https://s30.postimg.org/ilgxo4159/rinkledwrap_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ilgxo4159/)

Here is the best Reynolds Wrap image I have...
(https://s30.postimg.org/8r1i2188d/Reynolds_Wrap1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/8r1i2188d/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on February 02, 2017, 04:25:09 AM
Rinkled Wrap


(https://s30.postimg.org/ilgxo4159/rinkledwrap_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ilgxo4159/)

I really like this gag, and the foil is so well done!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 02, 2017, 04:03:01 PM
Hyde's Rox and Hydrox...

(https://s30.postimg.org/u7x0iqqsd/hydesrox_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/u7x0iqqsd/)(https://s28.postimg.org/aqcvn196x/Hydrox2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/aqcvn196x/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 05, 2017, 04:52:31 AM
Gatoraid and Gatorade...

(https://s30.postimg.org/a3qa5h7i5/gatoraide_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/a3qa5h7i5/)(https://s27.postimg.org/nnocawywv/Gatorade.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/nnocawywv/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: vahsurfer on February 05, 2017, 09:01:36 AM
Topps could release a series with Lenticulars of the original product and the wacky!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on February 05, 2017, 09:43:08 AM
Always like the comparisons with the actual products.

(Not that it would be practical or feasible or cost-effective, but it would be nice to have a Wacky Packages Museum, which, among other displays, the physical products could be featured alongside of their respective stickers.  Double the nostalgia.)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on February 05, 2017, 09:59:00 AM
Gatoraid and Gatorade...

For me, having something extra inside the container ("Gatoraid," "Log Cave-In," "Gormel") always gave the Wacky an added element, yet one more detail to discover and appreciate.

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 06, 2017, 04:45:00 AM
Wormy Packages and Wacky Packages...

(https://s30.postimg.org/5l3puxswt/wormypackages_front_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/5l3puxswt/)(https://s24.postimg.org/fdl382l35/Wacky_Packages.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fdl382l35/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on February 06, 2017, 05:24:58 AM
Wormy Packages and Wacky Packages...

(https://s30.postimg.org/5l3puxswt/wormypackages_front_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/5l3puxswt/)(https://s24.postimg.org/fdl382l35/Wacky_Packages.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fdl382l35/)

One of my favorites!  Great gag, cool worms, and a Wacky of Wackys!!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: jleonard1967 on February 06, 2017, 08:12:26 AM
Always like the comparisons with the actual products.

(Not that it would be practical or feasible or cost-effective, but it would be nice to have a Wacky Packages Museum, which, among other displays, the physical products could be featured alongside of their respective stickers.  Double the nostalgia.)
You could always make a virtual museum.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on February 06, 2017, 08:19:45 AM
One of my favorites!  Great gag, cool worms, and a Wacky of Wackys!!
Same here. Something about the self spoof, and the worms, really worked for me as a kid. Loved it ever since.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on February 06, 2017, 08:28:02 AM
You could always make a virtual museum.

That's pretty much already been done, but someone could always try to do it better!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 07, 2017, 03:29:25 PM
Grass Wax and Glass Wax...

(https://s29.postimg.org/om48tq0fn/grasswax_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/om48tq0fn/)(https://s30.postimg.org/as6cbd0h9/Glass_Wax.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/as6cbd0h9/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 08, 2017, 05:09:21 AM
This next Series 4 parody was pulled due to a C&D from Purina. Choke Wagon and Chuck Wagon...

(https://s28.postimg.org/mtn90utop/chokewagon_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/mtn90utop/)(https://s30.postimg.org/4z2zl80ul/Chuck_Wagon.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4z2zl80ul/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on February 08, 2017, 06:28:29 AM
Grass Wax and Glass Wax...
Never saw or heard of Glass Wax, but always really liked the card. Nice dented can. Wouldn't change anything with this one.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on February 08, 2017, 12:06:42 PM
Choke Wagon is one of my all time favorite wackys ever. Just love it.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 09, 2017, 04:48:50 AM
And here's the parody that replaced Choke Wagon...Mess Clairol

(https://s24.postimg.org/mnb7hc7i9/messclairoil_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/mnb7hc7i9/)(https://s30.postimg.org/qt07ztj65/Miss_Clairol.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qt07ztj65/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on February 09, 2017, 06:37:01 AM
Grass Wax and Glass Wax...

(https://s29.postimg.org/om48tq0fn/grasswax_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/om48tq0fn/)(https://s30.postimg.org/as6cbd0h9/Glass_Wax.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/as6cbd0h9/)

Great gag, and a good rendition of the packaging.  The guy slipping is fantastic!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: mikecho on February 09, 2017, 07:29:21 PM
Wormy Packages and Wacky Packages...

(https://s30.postimg.org/5l3puxswt/wormypackages_front_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/5l3puxswt/)(https://s24.postimg.org/fdl382l35/Wacky_Packages.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fdl382l35/)
IIRC, the poster Wacky Garbage came out about the same time. My only question is,which one was released first-Wormy Packages or Wacky Garbage?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 11, 2017, 04:33:45 AM
Hipton and Lipton...

(https://s29.postimg.org/krzcyqj2b/hipton_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/krzcyqj2b/)(https://s27.postimg.org/f8nq11r2n/Lipton3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/f8nq11r2n/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on February 11, 2017, 04:47:57 AM
Hipton and Lipton...

(https://s29.postimg.org/krzcyqj2b/hipton_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/krzcyqj2b/)(https://s27.postimg.org/f8nq11r2n/Lipton3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/f8nq11r2n/)

Another great Wacky, including the gag, taglines and artwork!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on February 11, 2017, 06:25:31 AM
The lighting on the character really is fantastic!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 13, 2017, 04:51:58 AM
The artist must have used a lot of creative liberty with Armor Hot Dogs. I could not find an image of the actual Armour Hot Dogs packaging.

(https://s9.postimg.org/hsng1muwr/armor_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/hsng1muwr/)(https://s15.postimg.org/7qjn8q3w7/Armour_hot_dogs.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/7qjn8q3w7/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on February 13, 2017, 05:14:29 AM
The artist must have used a lot of creative liberty with Armor Hot Dogs. I could not find an image of the actual Armour Hot Dogs packaging.

(https://s9.postimg.org/hsng1muwr/armor_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/hsng1muwr/)(https://s15.postimg.org/7qjn8q3w7/Armour_hot_dogs.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/7qjn8q3w7/)

Good gag and taglines, and really cool artwork.  I would love to see the actual packaging it was based on.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on February 13, 2017, 04:16:27 PM
Closest I could find...

(https://s15.postimg.org/5ldox08fr/8804a98e735dda50a62463ea6ddbccdd.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/5ldox08fr/)



(https://s24.postimg.org/7wz4tetoh/armourhd12_mam.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/7wz4tetoh/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 14, 2017, 04:51:45 AM
Closest I could find...

(https://s15.postimg.org/5ldox08fr/8804a98e735dda50a62463ea6ddbccdd.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/5ldox08fr/)



(https://s24.postimg.org/7wz4tetoh/armourhd12_mam.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/7wz4tetoh/)
Armour had a lot of packaging styles. The packaging design used for the parody is non-existent me thinks.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 14, 2017, 04:54:42 AM
Blue Beanie and Blue Bonnet compared. Was there an orange box for the regular margarine?

(https://s1.postimg.org/phgow55p7/bluebeanie_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/phgow55p7/)
(https://s11.postimg.org/xwc82u54f/Blue_Bonnet1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xwc82u54f/)(https://s3.postimg.org/yuecz9fpr/Blue_Bonnet3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/yuecz9fpr/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on February 14, 2017, 05:12:13 AM
Blue Beanie and Blue Bonnet compared. Was there an orange box for the regular margarine?

(https://s1.postimg.org/phgow55p7/bluebeanie_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/phgow55p7/)
(https://s11.postimg.org/xwc82u54f/Blue_Bonnet1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xwc82u54f/)(https://s3.postimg.org/yuecz9fpr/Blue_Bonnet3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/yuecz9fpr/)

I always liked this gag, and the girl is fantastic!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 15, 2017, 04:44:44 AM
Fang and Tang...

(https://s2.postimg.org/t5hjgwez9/fang_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/t5hjgwez9/)(https://s24.postimg.org/8ei3t9q5t/Tang1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/8ei3t9q5t/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on February 15, 2017, 04:57:13 AM
Fang and Tang...

(https://s2.postimg.org/t5hjgwez9/fang_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/t5hjgwez9/)(https://s24.postimg.org/8ei3t9q5t/Tang1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/8ei3t9q5t/)

Great gag and taglines, and wonderful art.  I wouldn't change a thing!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on February 15, 2017, 11:39:17 AM
Great gag and taglines, and wonderful art.  I wouldn't change a thing!

Ditto,  FANG is one of my top ten Wackies of all time.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on February 15, 2017, 11:52:46 AM
I always liked this gag, and the girl is fantastic!

Blue Beanie is a cutie alright!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on February 15, 2017, 01:42:02 PM
Fang gets a special award for being a top wacky for me that WASN'T pulled.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Tom Keen on February 15, 2017, 03:24:39 PM
Blue Beanie and Blue Bonnet compared. Was there an orange box for the regular margarine?

(https://s1.postimg.org/phgow55p7/bluebeanie_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/phgow55p7/)
(https://s11.postimg.org/xwc82u54f/Blue_Bonnet1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xwc82u54f/)(https://s3.postimg.org/yuecz9fpr/Blue_Bonnet3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/yuecz9fpr/)
Why is it mean to serve a beanie?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 17, 2017, 11:44:05 AM
Brute 88 and Brut 33...

(https://s27.postimg.org/ln67pzma7/brute_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ln67pzma7/)(https://s1.postimg.org/eto6cim0b/Brut_33.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/eto6cim0b/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on February 17, 2017, 01:26:21 PM
Brute 88 and Brut 33...

(https://s27.postimg.org/ln67pzma7/brute_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ln67pzma7/)(https://s1.postimg.org/eto6cim0b/Brut_33.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/eto6cim0b/)

I like this one. The only change I would suggest would be to add " NET. WT. 800 lbs "
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 19, 2017, 11:01:17 AM
Bald and Bold...


(https://s15.postimg.org/m3ce769br/bald_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/m3ce769br/)(https://s23.postimg.org/7ta4ugk87/Bold.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/7ta4ugk87/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 21, 2017, 05:01:26 AM
Bent and Kent. Was there suppose to be copy between those curly lines in the center of Bent?


(https://s8.postimg.org/fycykf6sh/bend_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fycykf6sh/)(https://s10.postimg.org/gapzw65w5/Kent2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gapzw65w5/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: BustedFinger on February 21, 2017, 09:23:01 AM
http://www.lostwackys.com/Wacky-Packages/4th-series/Bent-art-wacky-packages.htm

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on February 21, 2017, 11:01:28 AM
"Bent on destroying your lungs" is pretty funny.

This is the brand my father smoked in the late 60's and early 70's, so I liked this title a lot because the pack design was so familiar.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 23, 2017, 06:25:08 PM
I was starting to fall behind! Here's Quake 'n Ache next to Shake 'n Bake...


(https://s2.postimg.org/fo8dp8db9/quakenache_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fo8dp8db9/)(https://s15.postimg.org/w3jvsnnzr/Shake_n_Bake.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/w3jvsnnzr/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: BustedFinger on February 24, 2017, 09:01:27 AM
I was starting to fall behind! Here's Quake 'n Ache next to Shake 'n Bake...


(https://s2.postimg.org/fo8dp8db9/quakenache_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fo8dp8db9/)(https://s15.postimg.org/w3jvsnnzr/Shake_n_Bake.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/w3jvsnnzr/)

And another title where a gag was removed from the original art (or in this case covered up) before printing the stickers:

http://www.lostwackys.com/Wacky-Packages/4th-series/QuakenAche-wacky-packages.htm

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 25, 2017, 02:55:42 PM
I love this one! Heave and Eve...

(https://s14.postimg.org/u9poxau5p/heave_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/u9poxau5p/)(https://s7.postimg.org/wan4ecdkn/Eve.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wan4ecdkn/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on February 25, 2017, 03:30:42 PM
And another title where a gag was removed from the original art (or in this case covered up) before printing the stickers:

http://www.lostwackys.com/Wacky-Packages/4th-series/QuakenAche-wacky-packages.htm

Maybe I would have liked it better with the extra tag line, but this one is still middle of the pack for me.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on February 25, 2017, 08:12:05 PM
I love this one! Heave and Eve...

(https://s14.postimg.org/u9poxau5p/heave_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/u9poxau5p/)(https://s7.postimg.org/wan4ecdkn/Eve.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wan4ecdkn/)
I hate Cigarette titles but do love this one too!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on February 25, 2017, 08:44:41 PM
Maybe I would have liked it better with the extra tag line, but this one is still middle of the pack for me.

Ha!  Middle of the PACK..
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bigtomi on February 26, 2017, 09:44:29 AM
Ha!  Middle of the PACK..
Think Pat was referring to Quake 'n' Ache, not Heave.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on February 26, 2017, 03:57:59 PM
Think Pat was referring to Quake 'n' Ache, not Heave.

Party pooper.   :P
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 27, 2017, 05:14:33 AM
One for the Admin! Raw Goo and Ragu.

(https://s11.postimg.org/4ro7vcp0v/rawgoo_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4ro7vcp0v/)(https://s15.postimg.org/yb8r0ka1z/Ragu1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/yb8r0ka1z/)(https://s18.postimg.org/ruew5bb2t/24158584124_53e7aa08df_b.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ruew5bb2t/)

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on February 27, 2017, 05:20:40 AM
One for the Admin! Raw Goo and Ragu.

(https://s11.postimg.org/4ro7vcp0v/rawgoo_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4ro7vcp0v/)(https://s18.postimg.org/ruew5bb2t/24158584124_53e7aa08df_b.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ruew5bb2t/)

I've always liked this one, and I still call it by the Wacky name.  Wouldn't change a thing!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on February 28, 2017, 03:24:36 PM
Chef Girl-Ar-Dee and Chef Boy-Ar-Dee. I can't help but wonder if the woman on the parody was depicted as a lesbian.

(https://s13.postimg.org/daq8u8nfn/chefgirlardee_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/daq8u8nfn/)(https://s7.postimg.org/6eewdkuhz/Chef_Boy_ar_dee1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6eewdkuhz/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on March 02, 2017, 03:49:30 AM
Land O Quakes and Lakes...


(https://s27.postimg.org/xxxp0nybj/landoquakes_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xxxp0nybj/)(https://s18.postimg.org/e9jp23nvp/Land_O_Lakes.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/e9jp23nvp/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on March 02, 2017, 04:10:36 AM
Land O Quakes and Lakes...


(https://s27.postimg.org/xxxp0nybj/landoquakes_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xxxp0nybj/)(https://s18.postimg.org/e9jp23nvp/Land_O_Lakes.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/e9jp23nvp/)

Another one that still makes me smile, and for which I still use the Wacky name.  Love that character!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: quas on March 02, 2017, 05:16:55 AM
Another one that still makes me smile, and for which I still use the Wacky name.  Love that character!

It would be interesting to poll the top 10 Wackies for which Forum members use the Wacky name rather than the actual product name.  With so many Band Ache stickers now being available from the Chrome issue, I certainly have one stuck on my metal tin of Band Aids!  And I occasionally brush with Crust.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on March 02, 2017, 07:02:25 AM
It would be interesting to poll the top 10 Wackies for which Forum members use the Wacky name rather than the actual product name.  With so many Band Ache stickers now being available from the Chrome issue, I certainly have one stuck on my metal tin of Band Aids!  And I occasionally brush with Crust.

I made a magnet of Crust and it is on the medicine cabinet in my bathroom, right above my toothpaste   :P
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on March 02, 2017, 08:54:27 AM
I can't help but wonder if the woman on the parody was depicted as a lesbian.

(https://s13.postimg.org/daq8u8nfn/chefgirlardee_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/daq8u8nfn/)

You're treading on dangerous ground     :-[    She is wearing a pearl necklace.

Regarding the reference to the use of "Ms." in the parody, is it OK these days to use that term?

What is the proper etiquette / politically correct protocol?

Do you call your lady "Miss Swiski"?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on March 03, 2017, 11:38:54 AM
Moving right along...Grazin' Bran and Raisin Bran...

(https://s23.postimg.org/tfplubhkn/grazinbran_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/tfplubhkn/)(https://s16.postimg.org/lstwej9ld/Raisin_Bran.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/lstwej9ld/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on March 04, 2017, 03:55:31 AM
Moving right along...Grazin' Bran and Raisin Bran...

(https://s23.postimg.org/tfplubhkn/grazinbran_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/tfplubhkn/)(https://s16.postimg.org/lstwej9ld/Raisin_Bran.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/lstwej9ld/)

I like the gag, and the goofy horse is great.  Don't recall any other horses on OS Wackys.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on March 04, 2017, 05:19:16 AM
didn't see this one as a kid, as my 4th series set had a lot of gaps.
finally saw it many years later and was disappointed. was too simplistic and one-note of a joke.  the plain white box side looks like little time was spent on this one.
Plus, I never made the connection as to why an Indian War Horse is depicted on the cover? (circle around the eye and a feather headdress)
Maybe just to add some flair for what would otherwise have been a dull image?

my improvements would be to add something to the box side and to improve the color registry. the red seems blown out on the horse bib and bowl. And often the purple box is not uniform and looks like a disaster.

(https://s21.postimg.org/slgaj1ks3/APPALOOSA_INDIAN_WAR_HORSE.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/slgaj1ks3/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on March 04, 2017, 03:50:50 PM
Another one that still makes me smile, and for which I still use the Wacky name.  Love that character!
You and I seem to be exactly in synch on the products in which we use the wacky name!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: vahsurfer on March 05, 2017, 09:32:54 AM
They really need to make a set of these with the actual product and lenticular it!

NO WACKY SUBSETS - Simple back set
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on March 06, 2017, 04:49:05 AM
Liquid Bomber and Liquid Plumr. Wonder why they didn't spell it as Plumber?

(https://s22.postimg.org/d58u7elvh/liquidbomber_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/d58u7elvh/)(https://s2.postimg.org/ic5ev7idx/Liquid_Plumr.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ic5ev7idx/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on March 06, 2017, 06:23:12 AM
Liquid Bomber and Liquid Plumr. Wonder why they didn't spell it as Plumber?

And likewise I wonder why the Wacky wasn't spelled Bomr?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: slamjim on March 06, 2017, 10:26:57 AM
Liquid Bomber and Liquid Plumr. Wonder why they didn't spell it as Plumber?

(https://s22.postimg.org/d58u7elvh/liquidbomber_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/d58u7elvh/)(https://s2.postimg.org/ic5ev7idx/Liquid_Plumr.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ic5ev7idx/)

I'm thinking it's because the logo would then go too far around the other side so you's only see Liquid Plumb.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on March 07, 2017, 05:04:48 AM
Bum Chex and Wheat Chex...

(https://s16.postimg.org/c0i34yjk1/bumchex_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/c0i34yjk1/)(https://s10.postimg.org/nw96x5tz9/Wheat_Chex.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/nw96x5tz9/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on March 07, 2017, 06:25:07 AM
I like the gag, and the goofy horse is great.  Don't recall any other horses on OS Wackys.

Yep, that's one goofy horse! Honestly, I don't think horses were Norm's strongest suit, not to say they weren't great, but by his standards, I think there were other animals (cats and dogs, for example) that he preferred to paint.

Anyway, here's a few more really good horses from the OS: Weakinson Blades, Mare Cigarettes, and Muleburro.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Alexeirex on March 07, 2017, 09:26:59 AM
Chef Girl-Ar-Dee and Chef Boy-Ar-Dee. I can't help but wonder if the woman on the parody was depicted as a lesbian.

(https://s13.postimg.org/daq8u8nfn/chefgirlardee_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/daq8u8nfn/)(https://s7.postimg.org/6eewdkuhz/Chef_Boy_ar_dee1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6eewdkuhz/)

To me, one of the most memorable titles from the OS stickers. The pasta is funny too, and I recall seeing pornographic pasta in a Sausalito tourist gag shop around that same time that made me laugh as a tweenager. A
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Alexeirex on March 07, 2017, 09:51:23 AM
Bald and Bold...


(https://s15.postimg.org/m3ce769br/bald_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/m3ce769br/)(https://s23.postimg.org/7ta4ugk87/Bold.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/7ta4ugk87/)

I showed this one to the librarian at my jr high school because I told him it reminded me of him. He laughed but I'm sure it was a rueful chuckle....A
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Alexeirex on March 07, 2017, 03:30:07 PM
I think the parody on the product name is good on this one, but doesn't tie into anything else with the product or its properties.   My friends and I did indeed call each other morons (and regrettably, the now, even less politically correct  name, retards) all the time. So I guess I related at that level. This was certainly a familiar product in our home at the time. Another case where, for me, the character was just not that memorable.



(https://s16.postimg.org/fzurtya01/moron1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fzurtya01/)

(https://s16.postimg.org/3z9bt82ld/moron2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3z9bt82ld/)

Ok, am going back ALOT of pages, but I always found this one funny. First off, it was such a familiar item around the home and secondly, to a kid, the original tag line never made sense and this parody just made it funny. I do remember a few lines from the commercial - when it rains, it pours, and it did, and it does, and you're cute....which was referring to the picture of the girl on the salt can. Where of course, Wacky's decided to give a really obnoxious leer! A
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on March 07, 2017, 03:48:59 PM
Bum Chex and Wheat Chex...

(https://s16.postimg.org/c0i34yjk1/bumchex_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/c0i34yjk1/)(https://s10.postimg.org/nw96x5tz9/Wheat_Chex.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/nw96x5tz9/)

Funny, I always thought Bum Chex was based on Bran Chex but it looks like Wheat Chex is a much better match.
(https://s22.postimg.org/3pldskalp/c_444.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3pldskalp/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on March 07, 2017, 07:58:54 PM
Funny, I always thought Bum Chex was based on Bran Chex but it looks like Wheat Chex is a much better match.
(https://s22.postimg.org/3pldskalp/c_444.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3pldskalp/)

It's possible the parody was based on Bran Chex. I couldn't find a photo of a box with a close design except the Wheat Chex.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on March 08, 2017, 03:34:12 AM
It's possible the parody was based on Bran Chex. I couldn't find a photo of a box with a close design except the Wheat Chex.

Was Bran Chex a thing in the early  '70s?  I only remember wheat, rice and corn.  Seems like the bran and multi-grain phase come in the  '80s.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on March 08, 2017, 04:13:01 AM
I just noticed an inset image of Scotch Tape packaging used for Screech tape is on the Wheat Chex box. I will have to save that for a future comparison!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on March 08, 2017, 07:25:30 AM
Was Bran Chex a thing in the early  '70s?  I only remember wheat, rice and corn.  Seems like the bran and multi-grain phase come in the  '80s.

After a quick search, it seems as though Bran Chex didn't even come out until 1978, which would mean that  Bum Chex was most certainly based on the Wheat Chex box.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on March 08, 2017, 11:38:23 AM
I just noticed an inset image of Scotch Tape packaging used for Screech tape is on the Wheat Chex box. I will have to save that for a future comparison!

They sure weren't aiming for the kids-nag-your-parents-to-buy-this-to-get-the cool-free-toy-inside purchase were they? 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Joe G. on March 08, 2017, 12:12:56 PM
They sure weren't aiming for the kids-nag-your-parents-to-buy-this-to-get-the cool-free-toy-inside purchase were they?

Scot, that is too funny!  The second I saw that box, I showed to my wife and said "Worst Free-Inside ever!"
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on March 08, 2017, 02:20:12 PM
Windhex and Windex...


(https://s24.postimg.org/i239bsa41/windhex_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/i239bsa41/)(https://s15.postimg.org/c6zgj5uif/Windex1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/c6zgj5uif/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Alexeirex on March 08, 2017, 03:40:22 PM
Scot, that is too funny!  The second I saw that box, I showed to my wife and said "Worst Free-Inside ever!"

LOL!!!!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on March 12, 2017, 10:46:41 AM
Freetoes and Fritos...

(https://s13.postimg.org/ctfwx4ywz/freetoes_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ctfwx4ywz/)(https://s13.postimg.org/wbpj5tf5f/Fritos2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wbpj5tf5f/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on March 12, 2017, 12:09:00 PM
Freetoes and Fritos...

(https://s13.postimg.org/ctfwx4ywz/freetoes_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ctfwx4ywz/)(https://s13.postimg.org/wbpj5tf5f/Fritos2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wbpj5tf5f/)

Pretty good Wacky, but I always thought there should have been a tag line about corns, instead of (or preferably in addition to) the "hard as nails".
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on March 16, 2017, 04:47:24 AM
Nestree and Nestea. Looks like it was based on the Lemon flavored tea on the right side, but the edge of the round box in the center has a brown border on the parody.

(https://s28.postimg.org/6f5emo3ll/nestree_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6f5emo3ll/)(https://s7.postimg.org/opzhjzs0n/Nestea2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/opzhjzs0n/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on March 16, 2017, 05:28:35 AM
Nestree and Nestea. Looks like it was based on the Lemon flavored tea on the right side, but the edge of the round box in the center has a brown border on the parody.

(https://s28.postimg.org/6f5emo3ll/nestree_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6f5emo3ll/)(https://s7.postimg.org/opzhjzs0n/Nestea2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/opzhjzs0n/)

Not a bad gag, but I don't get the "insane" tagline.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on March 16, 2017, 05:32:19 AM
Not a bad gag, but I don't get the "insane" tagline.

They were trying to come up with a word that is close to "Instant" I guess. But these birds don't look insane. More like something peaceful from an Audubon painting.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on March 16, 2017, 07:52:25 AM
Maybe they're insanely thirsty?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Tom Keen on March 16, 2017, 02:36:40 PM
Pretty good Wacky, but I always thought there should have been a tag line about corns, instead of (or preferably in addition to) the "hard as nails".
yes, show corns on the feet that have been partially chipped off!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on March 16, 2017, 03:15:15 PM
Looks like it was based on the Lemon flavored tea on the right side, but the edge of the round box in the center has a brown border on the parody.
(https://s28.postimg.org/6f5emo3ll/nestree_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6f5emo3ll/)
looks like it was based on a version with gold borders. didn't find the lemon flavor after a quick search, but it's probably out there

(http://farm8.static.flickr.com/7250/7411539780_a27d13e28d.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on March 20, 2017, 05:05:51 AM
Dampers and Pampers...


(https://s2.postimg.org/n2d3wmss5/dampers_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/n2d3wmss5/)(https://s18.postimg.org/diln8yyv9/Pampers.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/diln8yyv9/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on March 25, 2017, 12:27:49 PM
Taster's Choke and Taster's Choice...

(https://s21.postimg.org/gghju6usj/tasterschoke_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gghju6usj/)(https://s27.postimg.org/3xrekivov/Taster_s_Choice1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3xrekivov/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on March 25, 2017, 01:27:54 PM
Taster's Choke and Taster's Choice...

I always thought the cigarette butts were a nice added - and disgusting - touch!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on March 25, 2017, 01:57:59 PM
I always thought the cigarette butts were a nice added - and disgusting - touch!

Yeah, it's kind of funny, my aunt who couldn't live without coffee, and always had a pot ready, also smoked like a chimney, so I got that association.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on March 26, 2017, 11:22:51 AM
Escuire and Esquire. I don't get the joke!

(https://s14.postimg.org/s688o7vvx/esquire_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/s688o7vvx/)(https://s12.postimg.org/h3k6iadmh/Esquire.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/h3k6iadmh/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on March 26, 2017, 12:23:47 PM
"Esquire" to "Escuire" appears to be just a simple change of spelling.

The joke is that the shoeless bum with the raggedy top hat, clothes, and umbrella believes he can be just as classy, dapper, and suave as somebody in the upper class gentry simply by polishing his bare feet until they shine radiantly.

In addition to simple, silly gags and wordplay, Wacky Packages at this time would sometimes also poke fun at the different ways that product packaging would lure people in.  The original "Esquire" packaging might have someone believe that they would be "magically transformed" from an ordinary person into an aristocrat simply by applying this polish to their shoes.  Ah, a Cinderella, rags-to-riches story!  Even today, ads pull the same stunt.  Wear such and such makeup, ladies, and you'll melt years off your looks. The sad reality is that, having spent money, the elderly lady is still an elderly lady - just now wearing makeup, and the ordinary working Joe is still an ordinary working Joe - just with freshly polished shoes.

The "Rebell" Model Jet is another example of this expectation VS reality.  I'd be willing to bet that of all the plastic models assembled by people over the years, less than 90% of them actually looked like the picture depicted on the box when they were finished.  Hence, in keeping with "MAD" magazine humor, we get...

(https://s11.postimg.org/6lwsk8k5b/rebeljet_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6lwsk8k5b/)

With both "Rebell" and "Escuire," a general statement is being made about what the product actually is VS what the company of the product would like us to believe.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on March 26, 2017, 01:28:06 PM
Escuire and Esquire. I don't get the joke!

(https://s14.postimg.org/s688o7vvx/esquire_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/s688o7vvx/)(https://s12.postimg.org/h3k6iadmh/Esquire.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/h3k6iadmh/)

Probably my least favorite of the series.  Never saw the product, or got the gag.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on April 01, 2017, 03:49:08 AM
Wrapping up Series 4 is a two-fer for the weekend!

Quit and Quik...

(https://s18.postimg.org/fn1d1x9g5
/quit_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fn1d1x9g5/)(https://s18.postimg.org/neeepd41x/Quik.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/neeepd41x/)

Mustard Charge and Master Charge...

(https://s29.postimg.org/vnb4ciexf/mustartcharge_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/vnb4ciexf/)(https://s30.postimg.org/etkmljrvx/Master_Charge1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/etkmljrvx/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on April 01, 2017, 04:36:36 AM
Wrapping up Series 4 is a two-fer for the weekend!

Quit and Quik...

(https://s18.postimg.org/fn1d1x9g5
/quit_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fn1d1x9g5/)(https://s18.postimg.org/neeepd41x/Quik.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/neeepd41x/)

Mustard Charge and Master Charge...

(https://s29.postimg.org/vnb4ciexf/mustartcharge_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/vnb4ciexf/)(https://s30.postimg.org/etkmljrvx/Master_Charge1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/etkmljrvx/)

I always liked Quit, I think because of the wonderful can and top, not so much for the gag.

Mustard Charge was boring, but had a decent gag and tag lines.  I also liked it because I used to keep one in my wallet, along with my library card and my Burger King issued "driver's license."
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on April 01, 2017, 04:49:01 AM
Yeah, the painting is what sells Quit, especially that hand reaching out of the top of the can!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on April 03, 2017, 05:33:08 AM
On to the 5th Series!

Betty Crooked Sludge Brick Mix and Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix...

(https://s10.postimg.org/433z78qfp/sludge_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/433z78qfp/)(https://s10.postimg.org/41u1dtolx/Betty_Crocker_Fudge_Brownie_Mix.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/41u1dtolx/)

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on April 03, 2017, 06:11:27 AM
On to the 5th Series!

Betty Crooked Sludge Brick Mix and Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix...

(https://s10.postimg.org/433z78qfp/sludge_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/433z78qfp/)(https://s10.postimg.org/41u1dtolx/Betty_Crocker_Fudge_Brownie_Mix.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/41u1dtolx/)

I always liked this one, even though it didn't have a character.  I had wondered about the letters and numbers on the top brick, and realize now that the "NBS" is Norm Saunders' initials.  Still not sure what the "00" stands for.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bigtomi on April 03, 2017, 04:46:31 PM
Still not sure what the "00" stands for.
Pat, if you mean after the initials, that is not "00", it is "CO". Short for Company.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on April 03, 2017, 05:14:50 PM
Pat, if you mean after the initials, that is not "00", it is "CO". Short for Company.

Thanks!  My eyes are definitely shot..........
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: MoldRush on April 03, 2017, 06:31:31 PM
Liquid Bomber and Liquid Plumr. Wonder why they didn't spell it as Plumber?

(https://s22.postimg.org/d58u7elvh/liquidbomber_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/d58u7elvh/)(https://s2.postimg.org/ic5ev7idx/Liquid_Plumr.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ic5ev7idx/)
Probably to preempt any claims by disgruntled consumers that the product didn't meet expectations.  If they called it "plumber" you'd have all kinds of nut jobs coming out of the woodwork screaming "I thought this was supposed to be able to do whatever a plumber can do!"  Like a CYA thing.  I've come to notice that many products with chocolate flavor will describe it specifically as "chocolatey".  Cereal being a good example.  Why?  Because there's no real chocolate in it.  It's just "like chocolate."  Similarly, if you go to the deli counter and see "Krab salad", that "K" isn't bad spelling.  It's because there's no real "Crab" in it.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bigtomi on April 03, 2017, 08:14:46 PM
"Krab salad", that "K" isn't bad spelling.  It's because there's no real "Crab" in it.
Yeah, there could be any krap in there.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: vahsurfer on April 04, 2017, 01:38:28 AM
Would have been more appropriate to take the top 50 cards from 1-16 and place the original product on the back of the card with updated artwork for the anniversary set........
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on April 05, 2017, 05:20:01 AM
Tijuana Smells and Tijuana Smalls. I found two images - one with the accurate lettering and layout, one with the sunset backdrop but funky lettering


(https://s17.postimg.org/6lkj5xlbf/tiujana_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6lkj5xlbf/)(https://s29.postimg.org/avdi94q9v/Tijuana_Smalls1.png) (https://postimg.org/image/avdi94q9v/)(https://s29.postimg.org/49dq1p54j/image.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/49dq1p54j/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on April 05, 2017, 05:44:28 PM
one with the sunset backdrop but funky lettering
//postimg.org/image/49dq1p54j/](https://s29.postimg.org/49dq1p54j/image.jpg)[/url]

"Funky" is one way of describing it!  Talk about a blast from the past!  You definitely don't see lettering like that nowadays!  So 70s!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: BustedFinger on April 05, 2017, 06:27:19 PM
Mustard Charge was boring, but had a decent gag and tag lines.  I also liked it because I used to keep one in my wallet, along with my library card and my Burger King issued "driver's license."

I still have a Mustard Charge that I peeled and laminated.  I carry it around in my wallet too!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on April 06, 2017, 04:44:44 AM
Old Spit and Old Spice...

(https://s29.postimg.org/63bbhczpv/oldspit_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/63bbhczpv/)(https://s23.postimg.org/oqom6z9ev/Old_Spice.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/oqom6z9ev/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on April 08, 2017, 04:44:39 AM
Here's two smokes for the weekend.

Muleburro and Marlboro...

(https://s21.postimg.org/iltfijuwj/muleburro_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/iltfijuwj/)(https://s4.postimg.org/z3mbyhsu1/Marlboro1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/z3mbyhsu1/)

White Fowl and White Owl...

(https://s14.postimg.org/45w31id7x/whitefowl_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/45w31id7x/)(https://s8.postimg.org/y1h9nj7dd/White_Owl1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/y1h9nj7dd/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on April 11, 2017, 04:57:28 AM
Dang! No love for Series 5 titles lately. How 'bout this comparison? Swiss Mess and Swiss Miss. Is this another from Jason's packaging collection?

(https://s7.postimg.org/dxm5volhz/swissmess_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/dxm5volhz/)(https://s12.postimg.org/a4wwprcvd/Swiss_Miss3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/a4wwprcvd/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on April 11, 2017, 08:49:58 AM
What a beautiful mess!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on April 11, 2017, 09:06:54 AM
Dang! No love for Series 5 titles lately. How 'bout this comparison? Swiss Mess and Swiss Miss. Is this another from Jason's packaging collection?

(https://s7.postimg.org/dxm5volhz/swissmess_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/dxm5volhz/)(https://s12.postimg.org/a4wwprcvd/Swiss_Miss3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/a4wwprcvd/)

I always liked this one... perhaps it's the pig luxuriating in hot chocolate swill. Looking at the original product packaging makes me wonder about the line, "Please don't add milk. Just add hot water." Sounds just a little menacing. Just what would happen if you DID add milk?   
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bigtomi on April 11, 2017, 09:58:53 AM
Just what would happen if you DID add milk?
Why, it would become Swiss Mess, of course!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on April 11, 2017, 03:41:41 PM
Swiss Mess and Swiss Miss.

I always like this one as well.  I don't really connect the Wacky to the packaged product, though, as much as I connect it to the commercials they ran in the 70s featuring a stop-motion Swiss Miss girl (and the strange, unsettling, way that stop-motion characters have about them that fascinated me as a kid.  You know, "Jason and the Argonauts," that kind of stuff.)

https://youtu.be/P_idQFFW1kE
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on April 11, 2017, 05:28:33 PM
Dang! No love for Series 5 titles lately. How 'bout this comparison? Swiss Mess and Swiss Miss. Is this another from Jason's packaging collection?

(https://s7.postimg.org/dxm5volhz/swissmess_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/dxm5volhz/)(https://s12.postimg.org/a4wwprcvd/Swiss_Miss3.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/a4wwprcvd/)

I always liked this one, and I still call it by the Wacky name.  The tagline for "sloppy" instead of "cocoa" is pretty far off, but the rest more than makes up for that!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on April 11, 2017, 07:03:32 PM
Dang! No love for Series 5 titles lately.

I think many of us have been, well, overwhelmed with the 50th Anniversary set lately.  It's nice to go back here, though, and revisit the times in which it all began.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on April 12, 2017, 04:53:09 AM
I normally don't mix modern with vintage, but since Secrets was re-released this week online as a new parody, I will post a triple comparison...


(https://s11.postimg.org/6u9dhhqnz/secrets_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6u9dhhqnz/)(https://s29.postimg.org/v4y09v82r/ARTGPK-16_C2_S-17_GPAP-_RRSE-_SET.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/v4y09v82r/)(https://s24.postimg.org/3qm3d77lt/Sucrets.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3qm3d77lt/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on April 29, 2017, 10:44:58 PM
Moobelline and Maybelline...


(https://s16.postimg.org/bw0trf6k1/moobelline_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/bw0trf6k1/) (https://s9.postimg.org/j67qbab97/Maybelline.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/j67qbab97/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on April 30, 2017, 04:51:59 AM
Moobelline and Maybelline...


(https://s16.postimg.org/bw0trf6k1/moobelline_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/bw0trf6k1/) (https://s9.postimg.org/j67qbab97/Maybelline.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/j67qbab97/)

This one still makes me smile.  I like the "Moobeline" gag, and the tagline is funny.  The product itself doesn't provide much to work with, but the artist managed to give us a decent cow!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on April 30, 2017, 05:21:20 AM
Moobeline is a good example of how I feel about a lot of wackys. I love the overall appearance and colors without caring much about the gag. I like this one even without much artwork, kind of like how I feel about cigarette wackys.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on April 30, 2017, 07:07:43 AM
Here's another comparison for the day...Light 'n Dizzy and Light 'n Lively.

I always thought the real product was Light 'n Easy before I found images.

Maybe Light 'n Deadly would have been a better parody, showing a guy in a Yoga pose who secretly farted, with a guilty look on his face. But Topps didn't do potty humor a lot in those days.

(https://s29.postimg.org/coarp69b7/yoga_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/coarp69b7/)(https://s16.postimg.org/rw38x2vf5/Light_N_Lively2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rw38x2vf5/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Paul_Maul on April 30, 2017, 07:17:44 AM
I remember Light and Lively milk and ice milk very clearly. Was it an imprint of Sealtest?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on April 30, 2017, 08:53:16 AM
Ah, good!  They're back!  Thanks, Swiski!

Yes, "Light and Lively" products were an imprint of Sealtest, said company ultimately being swallowed up by a succession of larger corporations a few decades ago.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on May 13, 2017, 12:17:13 PM
"Head & Boulders" and "Head & Shoulders"
Original Series 5

(https://s4.postimg.org/4xto9rx1l/headboulders_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4xto9rx1l/)

(https://s29.postimg.org/ehed6h9lf/ef2dc0594593a40e5a77e996f066d4fa.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ehed6h9lf/)

And today's product:

(https://s3.postimg.org/qns3y08jz/HSSHAMPOO400_ML80287105_CLASSICCLEANFOPNA.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/qns3y08jz/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on May 13, 2017, 01:56:30 PM
"Head & Boulders" and "Head & Shoulders"
Original Series 5

(https://s4.postimg.org/4xto9rx1l/headboulders_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4xto9rx1l/)

(https://s29.postimg.org/ehed6h9lf/ef2dc0594593a40e5a77e996f066d4fa.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ehed6h9lf/)


I always liked this gag, especially the character that was added.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: MoldRush on May 14, 2017, 08:57:50 AM
Do Swiski and other members posting real product images actually own examples of these Wacky-era packages, or are they mostly just published images from old magazine ads and such?  Reason I ask is that for many of these products, exact matches are very difficult to find.  Recall Jason's story of how long it took him to find a matching Smith Bros. (Smith Sisters) cough drops box.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: MoldRush on May 14, 2017, 09:01:19 AM
Even Rusty's lostwackys site, which includes by far the most complete attempt at displaying actual products side-by-side with each Wacky title, has only approximate matches in many cases.  The examples being shown on this thread seem to be all perfect matches.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on May 14, 2017, 09:40:10 AM
I personally do not own any of the packaging. I find the images from various sources online. Many of them from Jason's or other image collections on Flickr, but also from Pinterest, eBay, and even a simple Google search. There are quite a few exact packaging images that still elude me to this day.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on May 14, 2017, 09:42:20 AM
Ack! I'm falling behind again!

Here's Big Baddy and Big Buddy. I always thought the actual gum was called Big Daddy!

(https://s30.postimg.org/4dlc00xzx/bigbaddy_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4dlc00xzx/)(https://s18.postimg.org/gvfjowdp1/Big_Buddy_bubble_gum.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gvfjowdp1/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on May 14, 2017, 09:47:57 AM
Here's another one...Plopsikle and Popsicle

(https://s14.postimg.org/cysy95k7h/plopsikle_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/cysy95k7h/)(https://s29.postimg.org/a185d22w3/Popsicle1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/a185d22w3/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on May 14, 2017, 09:59:42 AM
Do Swiski and other members posting real product images actually own examples of these Wacky-era packages, or are they mostly just published images from old magazine ads and such?  Reason I ask is that for many of these products, exact matches are very difficult to find.  Recall Jason's story of how long it took him to find a matching Smith Bros. (Smith Sisters) cough drops box.

This is the first time I posted a title on this thread (so as to keep it going, being there has been a lull) and no, I, personally, don't own examples of products posted here.  Besides "Celestial Seasonings" tea boxes, my small collection of products tends to lean toward those things "strange, poisonous, and dangerous," that is, radium water bottles, laudanum, arsenic, etc. - products that once-upon-a-time could be found in your average household, yet were highly lethal.

To find the "Head and Shoulders" photograph, I just searched online, adding words like "vintage," "seventies," etc. until I came across what I was looking for.  Some products (and information pertaining to them,) though, are notoriously difficult to find.  We tend to toss most packaging in the trash today, and I'm sure in the past it was no different.  For example, how many of us would have thought to keep an empty, greasy bag of Fritos depicting the "Frito Bandito?"  Just this morning, I tossed an empty box of "Mrs. Paul's Crunchy Fish Sticks."  Should I have saved it?  Who knows?  Will some future Mrs. Paul's aficionado one day crave it?  Perhaps?  One would need a literal warehouse to store every bag, can, bottle, and box that gets thrown away - especially here in America.  (A few years ago, I began to save bags of special limited released "M&Ms" - for example, the "Shrek M&Ms" - along with their contents.  I didn't just want the wrappers.  I wanted the different 'swamp colored' "M&Ms," as well.  In the end, though, it just didn't work out.)  Come to think of it, I now have more of an appreciation for Jason and his tremendous efforts.  (It has been whispered in certain circles that he actually purchased a large, abandoned portion of a National Guard complex to hold the vast contents of his collection!  Now that's dedication!)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on May 14, 2017, 10:01:53 AM
I always thought the actual gum was called Big Daddy!

I would have bet money on it!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: MoldRush on May 14, 2017, 10:29:21 AM
This is the first time I posted a title on this thread (so as to keep it going, being there has been a lull) and no, I, personally, don't own examples of products posted here.  Besides "Celestial Seasonings" tea boxes, my small collection of products tends to lean toward those things "strange, poisonous, and dangerous," that is, radium water bottles, laudanum, arsenic, etc. - products that once-upon-a-time could be found in your average household, yet were highly lethal.

To find the "Head and Shoulders" photograph, I just searched online, adding words like "vintage," "seventies," etc. until I came across what I was looking for.  Some products (and information pertaining to them,) though, are notoriously difficult to find.  We tend to toss most packaging in the trash today, and I'm sure in the past it was no different.  For example, how many of us would have thought to keep an empty, greasy bag of Fritos depicting the "Frito Bandito?"  Just this morning, I tossed an empty box of "Mrs. Paul's Crunchy Fish Sticks."  Should I have saved it?  Who knows?  Will some future Mrs. Paul's aficionado one day crave it?  Perhaps?  One would need a literal warehouse to store every bag, can, bottle, and box that gets thrown away - especially here in America.  (A few years ago, I began to save bags of special limited released "M&Ms" - for example, the "Shrek M&Ms" - along with their contents.  I didn't just want the wrappers.  I wanted the different 'swamp colored' "M&Ms," as well.  In the end, though, it just didn't work out.)  Come to think of it, I now have more of an appreciation for Jason and his tremendous efforts.  (It has been whispered in certain circles that he actually purchased a large, abandoned portion of a National Guard complex to hold the vast contents of his collection!  Now that's dedication!)
Ah, the highly effective Google image search, and I imagine Pinterest is a good source too.

Thanks for the feedback, all good points.  I have saved some actual product packaging from ANS titles along the way.  Mostly the later series, and strictly a few favorites whose real-product counterparts have packaging that can be pressed or folded flat.  But, as with anything else, try to be too much of a completist and before you know it, you're renting storage lockers for all the volume that piles up.

Definitely agree there are some parodies whose real product counterparts have not turned up.  Only recently someone found the specific Playskool canister that the Slayskool parody was based on.  It's always fascinating when a discovery like that is made so many years later.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Jean Nutty on May 14, 2017, 10:13:32 PM
I personally do not own any of the packaging. I find the images from various sources online. Many of them from Jason's or other image collections on Flickr, but also from Pinterest, eBay, and even a simple Google search. There are quite a few exact packaging images that still elude me to this day.

I assume you know these pages, but if by chance you haven't seen them, this list might be helpful

http://www.wackypackages.org/stickers/real_products_text.html#12th

If you enter "real product" and item in the search box, on Greg's site, you can find some OS titles if you can't find them elsewhere

http://www.wackypackages.org/realproductsscans/crest.html

And there are more recent series posted 

http://www.wackypackages.org/stickers/2004/real_products.html

http://www.wackypackages.org/realproductsscans/3rd_2005/


Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on May 15, 2017, 04:47:38 AM
I assume you know these pages, but if by chance you haven't seen them, this list might be helpful

http://www.wackypackages.org/stickers/real_products_text.html#12th

If you enter "real product" and item in the search box, on Greg's site, you can find some OS titles if you can't find them elsewhere

http://www.wackypackages.org/realproductsscans/crest.html

And there are more recent series posted 

http://www.wackypackages.org/stickers/2004/real_products.html

http://www.wackypackages.org/realproductsscans/3rd_2005/

Thanks! Some of those links actually inspired me to complete the task. Sadly, those haven't been updated in a while. My goal is to make this thread the most comprehensive visual guide to real product images. Hopefully I will live long enough to complete it when we get to the 50th anniversary series one day. LOL! Maybe we can rename this thread the Vintage Series Gag Criticism and Variation, and start new threads for ANS and even Old School. I have a lot of images organized in folders already. Just need to post them in threads.

If I haven't mentioned earlier, a big thank you to Jason, Greg, Rusty and all others whose photos have been used here!

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on May 15, 2017, 12:27:13 PM
Series 5 - Achoo


(https://s9.postimg.cc/b7bd7is0b/achoo_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/b7bd7is0b/)

Real Product - Accent


(https://s10.postimg.cc/oiso4semt/accent2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/oiso4semt/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on May 15, 2017, 02:20:25 PM
Series 5 - Achoo


(https://s9.postimg.org/b7bd7is0b/achoo_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/b7bd7is0b/)

Real Product - Accent


(https://s10.postimg.org/oiso4semt/accent2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/oiso4semt/)


This one always seemed like a real stretch to me. I didn't really care for it as a kid and still in the "Meh" column for me now.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: DrSushi on May 15, 2017, 04:49:55 PM

This one always seemed like a real stretch to me. I didn't really care for it as a kid and still in the "Meh" column for me now.

I liked this one as a kid, probably because we had the product around the house. Now it brings back fond memories of my Mom trying to spice up dinner, and I still like the tag line Monosodium Gesundheit.

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on May 15, 2017, 05:28:03 PM
Series 5 - Achoo
(https://s9.postimg.org/b7bd7is0b/achoo_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/b7bd7is0b/)

Though not exactly a product I would consider "overly exciting" and/or a "familiar friend" at the table, (such as "Freakies" cereal, for example,) the gag isn't that bad, especially when one considers that sneezing powder was a popular running prank at the time.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: The Collector on May 15, 2017, 06:34:12 PM
Do we have a list of those Wackies that don't have pictures? It would be great for the forum to go on a treasure hunt to find them using google and what ever other source they might have available?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on May 16, 2017, 03:57:22 AM
Series 5 - Achoo


(https://s9.postimg.org/b7bd7is0b/achoo_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/b7bd7is0b/)

Real Product - Accent


(https://s10.postimg.org/oiso4semt/accent2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/oiso4semt/)

I always liked this one, probably because I have allergies, and am always sneezing.  Monosodium Gesundheit still makes me smile.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on May 16, 2017, 05:53:04 AM
Here's another one...Plopsikle and Popsicle

(https://s14.postimg.org/cysy95k7h/plopsikle_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/cysy95k7h/)(https://s29.postimg.org/a185d22w3/Popsicle1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/a185d22w3/)

Anyone have a newer packaging Popsicle wrapper than this one? I think this looks like a 1950s or 1960s wrapper.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: MoldRush on May 16, 2017, 07:53:07 AM
Anyone have a newer packaging Popsicle wrapper than this one? I think this looks like a 1950s or 1960s wrapper.
That might be as good as it gets.  Considering that this was merely a paper sleeve, and especially that the inside was essentially a syrupy, sticky mess, it's that much more unlikely that someone would have seen it as an item worth preserving.  I checked the lostwackys site and the best they could do was an image within an advertisement, which looks to be an older example as well.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on May 16, 2017, 08:03:49 AM
Do we have a list of those Wackies that don't have pictures? It would be great for the forum to go on a treasure hunt to find them using google and what ever other source they might have available?

I'm all for this idea. I suppose we need to go through every page and see which photos we need. There is no list.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on May 17, 2017, 03:50:53 AM
Nothing says the 1970s like an ugly plaid-like pattern. Hungry Jerk and Hungry Jack...

(https://s2.postimg.org/tx0yi1mat/hungryjerk_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/tx0yi1mat/)(https://s1.postimg.org/n4oct4s57/Hungry_Jack.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/n4oct4s57/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on May 17, 2017, 05:27:22 PM
Nothing says the 1970s like an ugly plaid-like pattern.

Yeah, that and bell-bottom corduroy...

(I had them both.  Some memories are best left forgotten.)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on May 20, 2017, 12:52:47 PM
Here's two for the weekend!

Fatina and Farina...


(https://s12.postimg.org/x0lay17g9/fatina_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/x0lay17g9/)(https://s29.postimg.org/khapji8oz/Farina.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/khapji8oz/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on May 20, 2017, 12:53:51 PM
Shot Wheels and Hot Wheels...


(https://s28.postimg.org/usb60c761/shotwheels_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/usb60c761/)(https://s27.postimg.org/k8hjr4jcf/Hot_Wheels.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/k8hjr4jcf/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on May 20, 2017, 01:22:31 PM
One of the best
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on May 20, 2017, 01:54:30 PM
Here's two for the weekend!

Fatina and Farina...


(https://s12.postimg.org/x0lay17g9/fatina_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/x0lay17g9/)(https://s29.postimg.org/khapji8oz/Farina.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/khapji8oz/)

Good gag, funny looking character, and yet still in the middle of the pack for me, probably because I wasn't familiar with the product.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on May 21, 2017, 08:02:21 PM
Good gag, funny looking character, and yet still in the middle of the pack for me, probably because I wasn't familiar with the product.

Funny looking hair on the actual boy, too.  I also had the same type of cut.  It's a small wonder that, coming out of the 70s, I'm not warped more than I am.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on May 28, 2017, 09:02:36 PM
Two for the weekend...

Cram and Spam

(https://s17.postimg.org/7jls4ppp7/cram_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/7jls4ppp7/)(https://s22.postimg.org/k5jwb8mtp/Spam2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/k5jwb8mtp/)

Pounds and Mounds

(https://s29.postimg.org/vbbe4oq0z/pounds_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/vbbe4oq0z/)(https://s14.postimg.org/us0seriwt/Mounds.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/us0seriwt/)

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on May 29, 2017, 08:08:56 AM
Always like "Cram," but am still somewhat confused.  The phrase "No one will have to cram it down your throat to get you to eat it." seems like it is at odds with the illustration.  Instead, "Someone will have to cram it down your throat..." seems better.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on May 29, 2017, 08:23:43 AM
Always like "Cram," but am still somewhat confused.  The phrase "No one will have to cram it down your throat to get you to eat it." seems like it is at odds with the illustration.  Instead, "Someone will have to cram it down your throat..." seems better.

Yep, Cram has great art, but that gag came out backwards.

As for Pounds, I love the art, the gag and the taglines.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on June 04, 2017, 12:00:29 PM
I was going to post some new image comparisons today, but the Image Uploader isn't working for me!

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on June 04, 2017, 12:05:10 PM
Always like "Cram," but am still somewhat confused.  The phrase "No one will have to cram it down your throat to get you to eat it." seems like it is at odds with the illustration.  Instead, "Someone will have to cram it down your throat..." seems better.
Just one of many gags that don't make any sense.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on June 04, 2017, 05:28:22 PM
Swiski.

I also tried posting "Knuckles" (with your blessing,) but couldn't get anything to work, either.




Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on June 05, 2017, 06:58:39 PM
Knuckles and Chuckles...

(https://s16.postimg.org/69e6fobfl/knuckles_front_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/69e6fobfl/)(https://s9.postimg.org/ov9yga24b/Chuckles.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ov9yga24b/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on June 05, 2017, 07:00:13 PM
Cover Ghoul and Cover Girl compared. Here is another real packaging image I cannot find!

(https://s8.postimg.org/4leqxmkzl/coverghoul_front_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4leqxmkzl/)(https://s17.postimg.org/6kuzngukb/Cover_Girl1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6kuzngukb/)(https://s9.postimg.org/jx7e76xbv/Cover_Girl2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/jx7e76xbv/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: freetoes on June 05, 2017, 07:32:29 PM
Offhand, I think this was the best "ugly woman" Wacky.  We used to use Cover Ghoul as an insult.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on June 07, 2017, 09:39:01 AM
Knuckles and Chuckles...

(https://s16.postimg.org/69e6fobfl/knuckles_front_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/69e6fobfl/)(https://s9.postimg.org/ov9yga24b/Chuckles.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ov9yga24b/)

I have always liked this title - and "Boozo," as well.  Not sure why, but something about different colored candy lined up in a row appeals to me.  Those little, wax bottles with the colored juice inside, that sort of thing.  Perhaps it's in owning the entire set all wrapped up in one convenient package?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Tom Keen on June 07, 2017, 10:39:38 AM
Always like these title - and "Boozo."  Not sure why, but something about different colored candy lined up in a row appeals to me.  Those little, wax bottles with the colored juice inside, that sort of thing.  Perhaps it's in owning the entire set all wrapped up in one convenient package?
One of my all time favorites.  Loved the candy making it that more appealing.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on June 09, 2017, 07:33:14 AM
A couple Sunshine parodies for the weekend!

Krazy and Krispy..

(https://s14.postimg.org/kfhh4f52l/krazy_front_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/kfhh4f52l/)(https://s9.postimg.org/41gt9ii0b/Krispy_crackers1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/41gt9ii0b/)

Ha Ha and Hi Ho...

(https://s13.postimg.org/6j665hjhv/haha_front_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6j665hjhv/)(https://s16.postimg.org/spkwtlk29/Hi_Ho_Crackers.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/spkwtlk29/)

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on June 09, 2017, 08:40:39 AM
A couple Sunshine parodies for the weekend!

Krazy and Krispy..

(https://s14.postimg.org/kfhh4f52l/krazy_front_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/kfhh4f52l/)(https://s9.postimg.org/41gt9ii0b/Krispy_crackers1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/41gt9ii0b/)

Ha Ha and Hi Ho...

(https://s13.postimg.org/6j665hjhv/haha_front_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/6j665hjhv/)(https://s16.postimg.org/spkwtlk29/Hi_Ho_Crackers.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/spkwtlk29/)

We were a RITS and PREMIUM family but still always enjoyed these two titles. "Packed in Straight Jackets" and "Made on the Funny Farm" are great gags. Are all crackers insane or just those made by Sunshine?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on June 09, 2017, 01:09:06 PM
We were a RITS and PREMIUM family but still always enjoyed these two titles. "Packed in Straight Jackets" and "Made on the Funny Farm" are great gags. Are all crackers insane or just those made by Sunshine?

Ha - I never realized both gags for Sunshine are almost identical - insanity theme!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on June 23, 2017, 12:26:19 PM
Since I fell behind, here are 3 for the weekend...

Sicken of the Sea and Chicken of the Sea
(https://s16.postimg.org/ltw4k4cnl/sicken_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ltw4k4cnl/)(https://s22.postimg.org/t59363s0d/Chicken_of_the_Sea2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/t59363s0d/)

Clank and Clark
(https://s16.postimg.org/c82k3tlht/clank_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/c82k3tlht/)(https://s29.postimg.org/8sfjf122b/Clark2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/8sfjf122b/)

Smith Sisters and Smith Brothers
(https://s16.postimg.org/3sczmbimp/smithsisters_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3sczmbimp/)(https://s18.postimg.org/mn6svwxvp/Smith_Brothers.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/mn6svwxvp/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on June 23, 2017, 07:19:08 PM
I always liked the character on clank bar. Wish there was more real estate on the package to make him bigger.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on June 26, 2017, 03:45:34 PM
I always liked the character on clank bar. Wish there was more real estate on the package to make him bigger.

Yep, I like like how he is trying to pull the K in Clank!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on June 26, 2017, 03:47:06 PM
Since I fell behind, here are 3 for the weekend...

Sicken of the Sea and Chicken of the Sea
(https://s16.postimg.org/ltw4k4cnl/sicken_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ltw4k4cnl/)(https://s22.postimg.org/t59363s0d/Chicken_of_the_Sea2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/t59363s0d/)

Clank and Clark
(https://s16.postimg.org/c82k3tlht/clank_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/c82k3tlht/)(https://s29.postimg.org/8sfjf122b/Clark2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/8sfjf122b/)

Smith Sisters and Smith Brothers
(https://s16.postimg.org/3sczmbimp/smithsisters_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3sczmbimp/)(https://s18.postimg.org/mn6svwxvp/Smith_Brothers.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/mn6svwxvp/)

Was there ever a Chicken of the Sea can where the oval behind the title was red? Didn't find anything like that in my research.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on June 26, 2017, 04:37:16 PM
Was there ever a Chicken of the Sea can where the oval behind the title was red? Didn't find anything like that in my research.

I haven't found any with a red oval either.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on July 05, 2017, 05:21:49 PM
Glutton


(https://s11.postimg.org/d9isc3rrj/Scan_20170705_2.png) (https://postimg.org/image/d9isc3rrj/)


(https://s24.postimg.org/9k8dmrg6p/gulden.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/9k8dmrg6p/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on July 07, 2017, 03:18:56 PM
Glutton


(https://s11.postimg.org/d9isc3rrj/Scan_20170705_2.png) (https://postimg.org/image/d9isc3rrj/)


(https://s24.postimg.org/9k8dmrg6p/gulden.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/9k8dmrg6p/)

A perfect match...and I like your animated avatar!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on July 07, 2017, 03:22:50 PM
These next two are incredibly tough to find accurate real packaging images for, but I attached the products being spoofed at least.

Stifford's and Stafford's
(https://s22.postimg.org/offfpj431/stiffords_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/offfpj431/)(https://s12.postimg.org/ovtxv33jd/Staffords1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ovtxv33jd/)

Slayex and Playtex
(https://s3.postimg.org/pbzeq981r/slaytex_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/pbzeq981r/)(https://s17.postimg.org/58rn2mmmz/Playtex_gloves.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/58rn2mmmz/)(https://s17.postimg.org/3v007bndn/Playtex_gloves2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3v007bndn/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on July 07, 2017, 03:56:51 PM
A perfect match...and I like your animated avatar!

Thanks!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on July 07, 2017, 04:27:27 PM
Glutton


(https://s11.postimg.org/d9isc3rrj/Scan_20170705_2.png) (https://postimg.org/image/d9isc3rrj/)


(https://s24.postimg.org/9k8dmrg6p/gulden.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/9k8dmrg6p/)

Never a favorite of mine, but better than some.  At least they managed to add a funny character!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on July 08, 2017, 04:49:24 AM
Chumps


(https://s17.postimg.org/gdljs61kr/chumps_front_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gdljs61kr/)


(https://s18.postimg.org/3zfjf5ydh/charmscandy.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3zfjf5ydh/)

One of my favorite 5th series titles.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on July 08, 2017, 06:37:56 AM
Chumps


(https://s17.postimg.org/gdljs61kr/chumps_front_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gdljs61kr/)


(https://s18.postimg.org/3zfjf5ydh/charmscandy.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3zfjf5ydh/)

One of my favorite 5th series titles.

I remember pulling this sticker from a pack, and laughing myself silly.  Funny faces, great gag, and it looked so similar to the candy package at the drug store counter.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: koduck on July 08, 2017, 08:30:43 AM
I remember pulling this sticker from a pack, and laughing myself silly.  Funny faces, great gag, and it looked so similar to the candy package at the drug store counter.

Do they still make Charms candy?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on July 08, 2017, 08:31:37 AM
Do they still make Charms candy?

Yes.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: MoldRush on July 08, 2017, 07:17:51 PM
Yes.
And I believe the wrapper is still the same.  But I've only seen them in one store in NYC that specializes in nostalgic candy. 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on July 09, 2017, 06:05:39 AM
Graft Cheese and Kraft Cheese...

(https://s24.postimg.org/r7az0l0qp/graft_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/r7az0l0qp/)(https://s4.postimg.org/hn44b5zh5/Kraft_Swiss_Cheese1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/hn44b5zh5/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on July 09, 2017, 04:21:33 PM
Graft Cheese and Kraft Cheese...

(https://s24.postimg.org/r7az0l0qp/graft_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/r7az0l0qp/)(https://s4.postimg.org/hn44b5zh5/Kraft_Swiss_Cheese1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/hn44b5zh5/)

Kind of a low key Wacky, with no character, but I always really liked this one because of the bullet holes. Very clever.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on July 09, 2017, 06:06:53 PM
Yet loaded with taglines (especially when compared to other titles in the original series.)  Somebody - Jay, perhaps? - was really getting into the word play.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: MoldRush on July 09, 2017, 06:57:07 PM
Kind of a low key Wacky, with no character, but I always really liked this one because of the bullet holes. Very clever.
Much like the marriage of Wackys with monster characters, I've always loved the titles in which bullets and bullet holes figure prominently.  Shots, ShotTissue, Graft, and Slayer Aspirin have always been favorites of mine.  Don't know what it is about Wackys and bullets, but they just seem to work together.  And, as mentioned, an added character doesn't seem to be necessary.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on July 10, 2017, 02:16:24 AM
Graft Cheese and Kraft Cheese...

(https://s24.postimg.org/r7az0l0qp/graft_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/r7az0l0qp/)(https://s4.postimg.org/hn44b5zh5/Kraft_Swiss_Cheese1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/hn44b5zh5/)

I like how the "Graft" logo was reshaped as a bullet, and they certainly captured the packaging.  But, I find the gag and various taglines confusing - how does graft relate to a game warden, or shooting cowards?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on July 10, 2017, 02:44:01 AM
I like how the "Graft" logo was reshaped as a bullet, and they certainly captured the packaging.  But, I find the gag and various taglines confusing - how does graft relate to a game warden, or shooting cowards?

Personally I think the "Shot Full of Holes" and "Approved by Game Wardens" need switched to really capture the packaging.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on July 10, 2017, 05:09:20 AM
I like how the "Graft" logo was reshaped as a bullet, and they certainly captured the packaging.  But, I find the gag and various taglines confusing - how does graft relate to a game warden, or shooting cowards?
always liked this one as well, but agree, the gags are rather scattershot
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on July 10, 2017, 08:29:51 AM
always liked this one as well, but agree, the gags are rather scattershot

True, the gags could be tighter thematically, though there is a loose "bullet" association.  Like "Contrac," etc., many of the earlier WP drew inspiration from the days when corrupt politicians and Tommy Gun wielding gangsters were bedfellows.  Seen in this light, I would speculate that "graft" was intended to be synonymous with "corruption," and that if somebody involved with mob related activities was considered "yellow," they were seen as a deficit and quickly eliminated.  "Game warden," though, is a bit of a stretch and an odd choice.  (I suppose we'll never really know, but it would be interesting to discover the rationale behind the gags - such as if they were inspired by an old "B" gangster movie, one of hundreds that are now lost and buried in history.)

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: DrSushi on July 10, 2017, 04:44:10 PM
always liked this one as well, but agree, the gags are rather scattershot

Yes, they are of varying caliber.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on July 13, 2017, 10:59:48 AM
Yes, they are of varying caliber.

Sometimes they just don't hit the primer.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on July 19, 2017, 05:06:20 AM
Finishing off the 5th series...

Triks and Trix
(https://s23.postimg.org/q1fp9t2iv/triks_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/q1fp9t2iv/)(https://s9.postimg.org/urmbgdzkr/Trix.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/urmbgdzkr/)

Shots and Dots
(https://s2.postimg.org/lmcrgp6ed/shots_front_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/lmcrgp6ed/)(https://s12.postimg.org/5ig7qywjt/Dots1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/5ig7qywjt/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on July 19, 2017, 07:34:31 AM
Everything about Shots is pretty good. Triks is a very memorable and one of the better wackies because of the Trix rabbit, but the gags aren't very corresponding to the box. (Unless a different box is more like it.)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: freetoes on July 19, 2017, 04:12:27 PM
The artwork on both is dead-on.  The Triks rabbit is virtually identical to the real thing; and except for the wording, Shots required almost no changes from the original design.

A bit of trivia on Chumps:  I have it Tied with Armor and Taster's Choke for the lowest word count in the original 16.  Even counting "Chumps" twice, there are five.  (This is counting the 100% on Taster's Choke as one word.)

Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on July 19, 2017, 04:18:23 PM
I personally think "100%" shouldn't be considered a word, but eh.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on July 23, 2017, 06:08:35 AM
Onto the 6th Series!

Mold Rush and Gold Rush...


(https://s4.postimg.org/f2v8c9289/moldrush_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/f2v8c9289/)(https://s12.postimg.org/tva52oq09/Gold_Rush_Bubble_Gum.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/tva52oq09/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on July 23, 2017, 06:12:48 AM
Never was a fan of Mold Rush. The packaging didn't give much room for a gag, but the change from "Gold" to "Mold" is a good one. The reason this card is a standout for me is probably because I'm always looking for a centered one.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on July 23, 2017, 07:29:57 AM
Onto the 6th Series!

Mold Rush and Gold Rush...


(https://s4.postimg.org/f2v8c9289/moldrush_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/f2v8c9289/)(https://s12.postimg.org/tva52oq09/Gold_Rush_Bubble_Gum.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/tva52oq09/)

I loved this one, as it was a good gag, and so well matched something I also bought at the time, and it had dopey faces.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: MoldRush on July 23, 2017, 08:30:42 PM
I loved this one, as it was a good gag, and so well matched something I also bought at the time, and it had dopey faces.
Agree, this one scores high on product familiarity.  I was highly addicted to sugary bubble gums back then, and those little drawstring pouches were a mainstay.  Post-OS Wackys my addiction kicked up a notch when Bazooka Joe introduced the massive pack-sized slabs of gum sandwiched between two cards containing enlarged versions of the wax paper comics.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Tom Keen on July 24, 2017, 03:43:07 PM
I loved this one, as it was a good gag, and so well matched something I also bought at the time, and it had dopey faces.
Is this a 0% Saunders piece?  The original product packaging is boring so the wacky was destined to be too but it seems the wacky packaging is even more bland.  I do like the gag and the product is very recognizable so that helps!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on July 24, 2017, 09:11:46 PM
Piwi and Kiwi...

(https://s22.postimg.org/yt4s2bpml/piwi_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/yt4s2bpml/)(https://s11.postimg.org/m9y6jinbj/Kiwi_Polish.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/m9y6jinbj/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on July 25, 2017, 03:33:46 AM
Piwi and Kiwi...

(https://s22.postimg.org/yt4s2bpml/piwi_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/yt4s2bpml/)(https://s11.postimg.org/m9y6jinbj/Kiwi_Polish.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/m9y6jinbj/)

Probably one that couldn't be released today. Not sure why pygmies get so muddy, but a nice simple Wacky.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on July 26, 2017, 03:09:34 PM
Series 6 : #3

Eviltime vs. Ovaltine

(https://s18.postimg.cc/z2d0gwxt1/eviltime.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/z2d0gwxt1/)
(https://s21.postimg.cc/oq0tilx0z/Ovaltine.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/oq0tilx0z/)

Be sure to drink your ovaltine!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on July 26, 2017, 03:13:42 PM
I found a nice Ovaltine packaging...
(https://s11.postimg.org/bok91wbhb/Ovaltine.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/bok91wbhb/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on July 26, 2017, 03:21:20 PM
fantastically rendered title.
only thing 'off' is the Chokolate Flavor - it doesn't tie in with the gag. Maybe Coven, Eye of Newt, or something at least vaguely related to potions or witchcraft.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on July 26, 2017, 09:05:08 PM
fantastically rendered title.
only thing 'off' is the Chokolate Flavor - it doesn't tie in with the gag. Maybe Coven, Eye of Newt, or something at least vaguely related to potions or witchcraft.

I agree.  Great title.

Perhaps "Occult" or "Supernatural" flavor?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Gurgle on July 26, 2017, 09:50:56 PM
"Chokelate" works fine for me. Looks like pretty disgusting witches brew (which should probably be "witches' brew" or "witch's brew.")


fantastically rendered title.
only thing 'off' is the Chokolate Flavor - it doesn't tie in with the gag. Maybe Coven, Eye of Newt, or something at least vaguely related to potions or witchcraft.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: sco(o)t on July 27, 2017, 03:36:18 AM
Or, perhaps, Choke-a-lot. 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: RawGoo on July 27, 2017, 03:57:26 PM
I always liked this one, and still think about it when I watch the movie "A Christmas Story."
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: bandaches on July 27, 2017, 06:15:59 PM
Series 6 : #3

Eviltime vs. Ovaltine

(https://s18.postimg.org/z2d0gwxt1/eviltime.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/z2d0gwxt1/)
(https://s21.postimg.org/oq0tilx0z/Ovaltine.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/oq0tilx0z/)

Be sure to drink your ovaltine!
Love the art on this, not enough bright purple in wackys!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Baked Bears on July 27, 2017, 11:39:49 PM
Love the art on this, not enough bright purple in wackys!

Very observant and true.  Purple does tend to be lacking in Wackys.  (But then and again, I suppose it's lacking in a lot of packaging.) 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: JasonLiebig on July 28, 2017, 12:20:17 AM
Somehow I've never visited this thread.  I thought it was about gag criticism....

As someone who has spent a LOT of time tracking down, archiving and sharing scans of my original Wacky Packages product pieces, seeing so many of my scans liberally downloaded, repurposed and reposted here, I'm more than a little bummed out....

We already have a thread dedicated to Wacky Packages Original product images, don't we?  One which I was pretty active on: 

http://www.wackypackagesforum.com/index.php?topic=163.msg78740#msg78740

How did "Gag criticism and variation" turn into an original product images thread?   Sigh...
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: NationalSpittoon on July 28, 2017, 04:19:43 AM
Somehow I've never visited this thread.  I thought it was about gag criticism....

As someone who has spent a LOT of time tracking down, archiving and sharing scans of my original Wacky Packages product pieces, seeing so many of my scans liberally downloaded, repurposed and reposted here, I'm more than a little bummed out....

We already have a thread dedicated to Wacky Packages Original product images, don't we?  One which I was pretty active on: 

http://www.wackypackagesforum.com/index.php?topic=163.msg78740#msg78740

How did "Gag criticism and variation" turn into an original product images thread?   Sigh...

The images are used for reference and to make gags that work better with the actual packaging. Did you not see the discussion up there about chokelate?

Also, the last post was March 7, 2016 so not every active...
Title: Re: Gag Criticism and Variation
Post by: Swiski on July 28, 2017, 10:01:42 AM
Somehow I've never visited this thread.  I thought it was about gag criticism....

As someone who has spent a LOT of time tracking down, archiving and sharing scans of my original Wacky Packages product pieces, seeing so many of my scans liberally downloaded, repurposed and reposted here, I'm more than a little bummed out....

We already have a thread dedicated to Wacky Packages Original product images, don't we?  One which I was pretty active on: 

http://www.wackypackagesforum.com/index.php?topic=163.msg78740#msg78740

How did "Gag criticism and variation" turn into an original product images thread?   Sigh...

Hi Jason. No disrespect to you or your image collection. Nobody profits from the use of your photos. I believe a few pages back I gave you and others credit for your rare original packaging images. They are truly appreciated here!

That Wacky Packages Original Product Images thread has been outdated for quite some time. This thread is a fresh revamp, starting from scratch in chronological order of the series. Showing comparison images of the actual products helps in the criticism process, determining if the artist nailed the parody or took too many creative liberties.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: NationalSpittoon on July 28, 2017, 01:41:36 PM
Series 6 : #4

Sugar Daffy vs. Sugar Daddy

(https://s17.postimg.cc/kfyufv3cb/sugardaffy.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/kfyufv3cb/)

(https://s12.postimg.cc/kvq6wzc09/sugardaddy.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/kvq6wzc09/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on July 30, 2017, 05:55:21 AM
Series 6 : #4

Sugar Daffy vs. Sugar Daddy

(https://s17.postimg.org/kfyufv3cb/sugardaffy.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/kfyufv3cb/)

(https://s12.postimg.org/kvq6wzc09/sugardaddy.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/kvq6wzc09/)

I like the guy in the straight jacket! He belongs with the guys on the Sunshine cracker parodies.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on July 30, 2017, 05:56:53 AM
Run-A-Way and One-A-Day...

(https://s3.postimg.org/yc6u6dien/runaway_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/yc6u6dien/)(https://s11.postimg.org/9y0c8vzrz/One-_A-_Day.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/9y0c8vzrz/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: sco(o)t on July 30, 2017, 08:23:08 AM
Run-A-Way and One-A-Day...

(https://s3.postimg.org/yc6u6dien/runaway_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/yc6u6dien/)(https://s11.postimg.org/9y0c8vzrz/One-_A-_Day.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/9y0c8vzrz/)

One of my top 20 favorite Wackies.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Smokin Joe on July 30, 2017, 10:36:27 AM
I second that! I started collecting with the original series 6... Run-A-Way and Eviltime are two of my all time favs. Bit monsters and beautifully painted. Iconic Packages too. These both help o make the original series 6 my 'Catcher in the Rye'... I can't say no to picking it up again and again when I see a good deal on eBay. Sigh.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on July 30, 2017, 10:37:10 AM
Always like Wacky products containing a family of meanies.

Notice, also, the non-threaded stopper - and the medicine bottle itself made out of real glass.  Blast from a long ago, yet not quite forgotten, past.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: NationalSpittoon on August 01, 2017, 05:46:32 AM
Series 6 #5:

Fruit of the Tomb vs. Fruit of the Loom

(https://s4.postimg.cc/j8u4kzbzt/fruitofthetomb.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/j8u4kzbzt/)

(https://s3.postimg.cc/7syu7iggf/fruitoftheloom.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/7syu7iggf/)

...and how about this?

(https://s2.postimg.cc/v5iafuno5/fruitloons.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/v5iafuno5/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on August 02, 2017, 05:22:30 AM
Truant and True cigarettes...

(https://s3.postimg.org/3jsfrc1rj/truant_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3jsfrc1rj/)(https://s2.postimg.org/pq0a6bb5h/True.gif) (https://postimg.org/image/pq0a6bb5h/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: NationalSpittoon on August 03, 2017, 04:38:51 AM
Truant and True cigarettes...

(https://s3.postimg.org/3jsfrc1rj/truant_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3jsfrc1rj/)(https://s2.postimg.org/pq0a6bb5h/True.gif) (https://postimg.org/image/pq0a6bb5h/)

6th series ain't getting too much attention. Truant is a great card though, the color contrast is very attractive if it's glossy.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on August 03, 2017, 04:50:57 AM
Truant and True cigarettes...

(https://s3.postimg.org/3jsfrc1rj/truant_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3jsfrc1rj/)(https://s2.postimg.org/pq0a6bb5h/True.gif) (https://postimg.org/image/pq0a6bb5h/)

I think this is a great gag, with funny taglines and a good character.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Smokin Joe on August 03, 2017, 11:27:05 AM
This was a great one because it really spoke to its grade school collector base... the pencils are beautifully painted. The Wacky's that joked about kids and school really made it feel like these were made for kids (me at that time). School was the main world we lived in, so parodies involving that known world felt like they really were made for me personally.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: koduck on August 03, 2017, 12:03:33 PM
This was a great one because it really spoke to its grade school collector base... the pencils are beautifully painted. The Wacky's that joked about kids and school really made it feel like these were made for kids (me at that time). School was the main world we lived in, so parodies involving that known world felt like they really were made for me personally.

I vote we rename the Truant kid "Smokin' Joe"!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: NationalSpittoon on August 03, 2017, 03:01:41 PM
I vote we rename the Truant kid "Smokin' Joe"!

I second that!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Paul_Maul on August 03, 2017, 04:05:48 PM
I second that!

That's cool....though he has kind of already been named Tommy Truant :)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on August 06, 2017, 08:13:24 PM
Play-Dumb and Play-Doh...

(https://s1.postimg.org/g26y51amz/playdumb_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/g26y51amz/)(https://s2.postimg.org/uvt4ryvmd/Play-_Doh2.png) (https://postimg.org/image/uvt4ryvmd/)

Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on August 07, 2017, 06:30:16 PM
Always wondered why the can looks like a sealed metal can (like canned food) without the plastic lid.  Is that how they were made - you would have to initially cut the top open with a can opener, then use the plastic lid once it's been opened?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on August 07, 2017, 06:40:15 PM
Always wondered why the can looks like a sealed metal can (like canned food) without the plastic lid.  Is that how they were made - you would have to initially cut the top open with a can opener, then use the plastic lid once it's been opened?
They did used to have metal lids. But they weren't sealed like canned goods. It just a lid on the top, very much like the current plastic lid. Just pry it easily off, then a little pressure to put it back on.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on August 07, 2017, 07:25:08 PM
They did used to have metal lids. But they weren't sealed like canned goods. It just a lid on the top, very much like the current plastic lid. Just pry it easily off, then a little pressure to put it back on.

Wow, you're absolutely right, Patrick.  I remember that now.  If you hadn't mentioned it, I would have completely forgotten such was the case.  And the metal lids worked well, too, for the most part, unless somehow over time one managed to mangle up the cardboard rim of the canister.

I always like the inclusion of "The Thinker" in this parody.  Small detail, yet nice contrast.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on August 08, 2017, 09:13:34 PM
Lets get it over with...Blisterine and Listerine...

(https://s1.postimg.org/avnjmwpcr/blisterine_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/avnjmwpcr/)(https://s2.postimg.org/c5zxmzff9/Listerine.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/c5zxmzff9/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Jean Nutty on August 08, 2017, 10:42:29 PM

     (https://s1.postimg.org/avnjmwpcr/blisterine_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/avnjmwpcr/)

The "Monster Mouthwash" gag doesn't really wash, as there is no monster shown.

I'm not sure I've ever noticed there's a fire hose on the perimeter of the label.

I especially think the fiery mouthwash artwork is great!

Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on August 09, 2017, 02:25:54 AM
Good point about the fiery artwork.  It infuses some color and energy into an otherwise very bland-looking product.  If I remember correctly, back then Scope came in minty flavors, but Listerine was only made in that one neutral, medicinal-tasting, faint off-yellow color.  Yuck.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on August 09, 2017, 09:17:24 PM
Super Cigar Crisp and Super Sugar Crisp. Real packaging box photo is from the collection of Jason Liebig on Flickr.

(https://s27.postimg.org/pkrs8mwv3/supercigarcrisp_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/pkrs8mwv3/)(https://s27.postimg.org/dsh2n7m8v/Super_Sugar_Crisp.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/dsh2n7m8v/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: NationalSpittoon on August 10, 2017, 02:58:39 AM
One of the greatest Wacky's of all time in my opinion. It's just great!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on August 10, 2017, 03:02:00 AM
Super Cigar Crisp and Super Sugar Crisp. Real packaging box photo is from the collection of Jason Liebig on Flickr.

(https://s27.postimg.org/pkrs8mwv3/supercigarcrisp_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/pkrs8mwv3/)(https://s27.postimg.org/dsh2n7m8v/Super_Sugar_Crisp.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/dsh2n7m8v/)

This is a fantastic Wacky!  Good gag, fantastic package art.  Another product I still think of by the Wacky title.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on August 10, 2017, 08:57:57 PM
Airraid and Arrid...

(https://s28.postimg.org/jpus7fk3t/airraid_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/jpus7fk3t/)(https://s27.postimg.org/gpxdha8m7/Arrid1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gpxdha8m7/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on August 25, 2017, 08:58:42 AM
Man...I really fell behind! Here is Peter Pain vs Peter Pan...


(https://s28.postimg.org/z60ux31o9/peterpain_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/z60ux31o9/)(https://s28.postimg.org/xs981s2ex/Peter_Pan1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xs981s2ex/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on August 25, 2017, 09:37:12 AM
Man...I really fell behind! Here is Peter Pain vs Peter Pan...


(https://s28.postimg.org/z60ux31o9/peterpain_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/z60ux31o9/)(https://s28.postimg.org/xs981s2ex/Peter_Pan1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/xs981s2ex/)

Like this one, though I was always more of a "Skimpy" fan.  Don't know how all of the "monkey business" came to be originally integrated into it, however, I believe the gag might have been stronger if a Peter Pan monkey was substituted for the human boy.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on August 25, 2017, 10:36:36 AM
Like this one, though I was always more of a "Skimpy" fan.  Don't know how all of the "monkey business" came to be originally integrated into it, however, I believe the gag might have been stronger if a Peter Pan monkey was substituted for the human boy.

With the "pain" gag, why didn't the joke revolve around sharp peanut shells in the peanut butter?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on August 25, 2017, 03:49:58 PM
With the "pain" gag, why didn't the joke revolve around sharp peanut shells in the peanut butter?

Good point.  Another "Wacky" mystery that will probably never be solved.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on August 27, 2017, 08:58:37 AM
Generally Demented vs. General Electric bulbs. The GE photo is actually a tin promo item where you push that button on the front and a lightbulb with a face on it springs up from the top lid. But you get the idea!
(https://s2.postimg.org/rsucsnsxh/softhead_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rsucsnsxh/)(https://s2.postimg.org/x6t507inp/GE_Bulb2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/x6t507inp/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on August 30, 2017, 05:29:21 AM
No love for lightbulbs? How about some noodles?

Goonman's vs Goodman's

(https://s26.postimg.org/3kz3hkmg5/goonmans_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/3kz3hkmg5/)(https://s26.postimg.org/rd8et3oh1/Goodman_s.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rd8et3oh1/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on August 31, 2017, 03:14:46 AM
Generally Demented vs. General Electric bulbs. The GE photo is actually a tin promo item where you push that button on the front and a lightbulb with a face on it springs up from the top lid. But you get the idea!
(https://s2.postimg.org/rsucsnsxh/softhead_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rsucsnsxh/)(https://s2.postimg.org/x6t507inp/GE_Bulb2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/x6t507inp/)

I really like Generally Demented.  The "dim lights for dimwits" tag line is funny, and there's something about that face that makes me smile.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on August 31, 2017, 09:52:42 AM
I really like Generally Demented.  The "dim lights for dimwits" tag line is funny, and there's something about that face that makes me smile.

I like the calm face too...almost Gene Wilderish
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on August 31, 2017, 10:34:30 AM
I really like Generally Demented.  The "dim lights for dimwits" tag line is funny, and there's something about that face that makes me smile.
I like the art now, but the name change was too big a departure for me as a kid and I didn't care for it back then. Something like 'Generally Eccentric' would work better.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on August 31, 2017, 03:39:54 PM
I like the art now, but the name change was too big a departure for me as a kid and I didn't care for it back then. Something like 'Generally Eccentric' would work better.

I agree.  "Generally Eccentric" does work better - and still ties in perfectly.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on August 31, 2017, 03:42:09 PM
I like the calm face too...almost Gene Wilderish

Never noticed that before.  It is Gene Wilderish (may he rest in peace.)  Good observation.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: freetoes on August 31, 2017, 04:08:50 PM
I think it was the corrugated box that sold me on Generally Demented.

Super Cigar Crisp, Airraid and Peter Pain are spot-on.  The first of these is listed as almost definitely non-Saunders, with the other two debatable.  But the artwork is as dead-on as anything in the Original 16.

Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on August 31, 2017, 06:41:03 PM
Never noticed that before.  It is Gene Wilderish (may he rest in peace.)  Good observation.
I believe that face is the likeness of an actual person - Harvey Kurtzman, creator or co-creator (not sure) of Mad magazine.  I think Jay pointed that out once.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on September 10, 2017, 07:02:38 AM
Time for a new one...Monotony and Monopoly

(https://s26.postimg.org/vc1cowf8l/monotony_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/vc1cowf8l/)(https://s26.postimg.org/vdbaibh2d/Monopoly.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/vdbaibh2d/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on September 10, 2017, 07:31:17 AM
Time for a new one...Monotony and Monopoly

(https://s26.postimg.cc/vc1cowf8l/monotony_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/vc1cowf8l/)(https://s26.postimg.cc/vdbaibh2d/Monopoly.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/vdbaibh2d/)


Not exactly the most dynamic, yet does follow the original product faithfully.  All of the taglines and gags are tight and unified.

Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: sco(o)t on September 10, 2017, 07:39:49 AM

Not exactly the most dynamic, yet does follow the original product faithfully.  All of the taglines and gags are tight and unified.

Agreed. This one gets an "A" for parody. Unfortunately, not much on the original product to lend to outstanding illustration. I do like the way railroad engines become beds on the Wacky.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: BustedFinger on September 10, 2017, 07:47:32 AM
Time for a new one...Monotony and Monopoly

(https://s26.postimg.cc/vc1cowf8l/monotony_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/vc1cowf8l/)(https://s26.postimg.cc/vdbaibh2d/Monopoly.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/vdbaibh2d/)
Always loved this one.  The gag is perfect since the game can really be pretty monotonous!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on September 10, 2017, 08:04:40 AM
The gag is perfect since the game can really be pretty monotonous!

Yeah, especially when you're losing, have no chance whatsoever of making a comeback - and the game continues on for another two hours!

(Perhaps Quentin Tarantino could make "Monopoly" into a movie, kind of a mash-up between "Monopoly" and "Reservoir Dogs," featuring a gang of hoods holed-up in some backroom whiling away the time with a board game?  Various back stories could unfold in the dialogue, revealing the shortcomings, failures, and regrets of the characters.  Bound by an unwritten code, nobody is permitted to leave.  "Shaddup!  Just sit down and playing the &%$#ing game!"  All the while, the tension would continue to escalate and escalate as one character slowly rises above the others to become "tycoon."  Of course, we all know how just such a scenario would end: a pistol pressed against someone's temple as they are ordered to roll the dice, the little Scottie dog getting blown off of the playing board, etc..)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: bigtomi on September 10, 2017, 09:05:13 AM
Quote
Monotony and Monopoly
As has been mentioned, not an outstanding piece of artwork [not much to work with], but nonetheless, one of Series 6 which I recall most fondly. Always thought it was very humorous and looked just like the real product.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on September 10, 2017, 10:23:35 AM
Time for a new one...Monotony and Monopoly

(https://s26.postimg.cc/vc1cowf8l/monotony_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/vc1cowf8l/)(https://s26.postimg.cc/vdbaibh2d/Monopoly.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/vdbaibh2d/)

I always liked this one.  The title is appropriate, if you've ever been in an hours long game, and the guy falling asleep is pretty funny!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on September 12, 2017, 05:17:07 AM
Baby Runt and Baby Ruth. The wrapper photo is from the collection of either Greg Koenig or Jason Liebig.

(https://s26.postimg.cc/vwuecgf51/babyrunt_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/vwuecgf51/)(https://s26.postimg.cc/ct12w42at/Baby_Ruth.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ct12w42at/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on September 13, 2017, 05:27:57 AM
Baby Runt and Baby Ruth. The wrapper photo is from the collection of either Greg Koenig or Jason Liebig.

(https://s26.postimg.cc/vwuecgf51/babyrunt_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/vwuecgf51/)(https://s26.postimg.cc/ct12w42at/Baby_Ruth.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ct12w42at/)

When I see the artwork for Baby Runt, I'm reminded of Caddyshack when Bill Murray's character finds a candy bar in the pool. You know the scene!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on September 13, 2017, 05:30:33 AM
Valveater and Velveeta. I think the guy on Valveater is the very first punk rocker!

(https://s26.postimg.cc/6o0feu7xh/valveater_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6o0feu7xh/)(https://s26.postimg.cc/4m4jebzc5/Velveeta.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/4m4jebzc5/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on September 25, 2017, 05:21:08 AM
I'd hate to see this thread disappear, so I will continue posting parody and real product comparisons.
Here is the next in checklist order from the vintage 6th Series...Snarlamint and Parliament.
I love horror Wackies! Love how they made the V shape into a bat. Don't understand why the parody isn't Snarlament with the e.

(https://s26.postimg.cc/ujqnsikrp/snarlamint_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ujqnsikrp/)(https://s26.postimg.cc/b35y5zpnp/Parliament.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/b35y5zpnp/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on September 25, 2017, 05:41:19 AM
I'd hate to see this thread disappear, so I will continue posting parody and real product comparisons.
Here is the next in checklist order from the vintage 6th Series...Snarlamint and Parliament.
I love horror Wackies! Love how they made the V shape into a bat. Don't understand why the parody isn't Snarlament with the e.

(https://s26.postimg.org/ujqnsikrp/snarlamint_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ujqnsikrp/)(https://s26.postimg.org/b35y5zpnp/Parliament.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/b35y5zpnp/)

I always kind of liked this one as a kid.  Fiends and monsters, and a good representation of the actual product. 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 28, 2017, 03:19:34 PM
My Sin vs My Sink
(https://s8.postimg.cc/h5dg9zin5/mysink.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/h5dg9zin5/)

(https://s8.postimg.cc/cjhc1n4tt/mysin.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/cjhc1n4tt/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on November 28, 2017, 03:30:19 PM
that piece is a true work of art, even more so when it has the Mona Lisa inside.

(https://s33.postimg.org/uh255b04v/mona_mysink.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: lucidjc on November 28, 2017, 05:22:18 PM
that piece is a true work of art, even more so when it has the Mona Lisa inside.

(https://s33.postimg.org/uh255b04v/mona_mysink.jpg)

These liquid filled Wackys are some of my favorites.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on November 28, 2017, 07:40:09 PM
Thanks for reviving this thread.  The real products angle, from OS thru ANS and OLDS, has been a more dominant aspect of my Wacky enthusiasm of late.

The My Sink parody was always a mystery to me, as I was completely unfamiliar with this square bottle product.  Can't remember if I first saw it in the Reissue era or OS6, but it has always reminded me of that Little Rascals episode where the kids try to bake a cake in a big deep square container, and they start just recklessly throwing all kinds of shit in there - a belt, a shoe, etc.  "everything but the kitchen sink."  Weep . . . Wowwww!!!!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on November 29, 2017, 02:04:24 AM
My Sin vs My Sink
(https://s8.postimg.org/h5dg9zin5/mysink.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/h5dg9zin5/)

(https://s8.postimg.org/cjhc1n4tt/mysin.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/cjhc1n4tt/)

One of my all time favorites, and another product I still call by the Wacky name.  The bottle is magnificent!  Love the stuff floating around inside, and the nauseous looking fish.  Great gag and taglines, and the faucet on the lid is the crowning touch.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on November 29, 2017, 12:57:08 PM
Someone once coined the phrase "flotsam and Jetsam" for the liquid wackies.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on November 30, 2017, 03:18:38 PM
Cut-Rong and Cut-Rite...

(https://s17.postimg.cc/fro9e86cb/cutrong_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/fro9e86cb/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/onz1hvml7/Cut-_Rite_Wax_Paper.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/onz1hvml7/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: NationalSpittoon on November 30, 2017, 03:26:07 PM
Not going to lie, but there's nothing too special about this one.

...well I do like the paper.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on December 01, 2017, 01:42:07 AM
Cut-Rong and Cut-Rite...

(https://s17.postimg.org/fro9e86cb/cutrong_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/fro9e86cb/)(https://s17.postimg.org/onz1hvml7/Cut-_Rite_Wax_Paper.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/onz1hvml7/)

Decent gag, and a really good rendering of the box.  I remember sticking this on the box under our kitchen sink.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on December 01, 2017, 04:49:12 AM
Scare Deal and Square Deal Composition Note Books...


(https://s17.postimg.cc/4vjjwjdh7/scaredeal_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/4vjjwjdh7/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/r7hcpy7gb/Square_Deal_notebook.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/r7hcpy7gb/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on December 01, 2017, 06:03:13 PM
Ah!  This was one of my favorites! 

Always liked the worms, too!

Never cared that much for the actual composition book itself  - What ten year old would? - save for the fact that my friends and I would stick our Wackys on the covers.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: lucidjc on December 01, 2017, 06:47:33 PM



Never cared that much for the actual composition book itself 

You are right, in more ways than 1. The square deal was awful at tearing pages out of.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on December 01, 2017, 07:13:05 PM
What Mans and Whitman's Sampler...


(https://s17.postimg.cc/dueo6p44b/whatmans_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/dueo6p44b/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/tsndwulhn/Whitman_s_Sampler.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/tsndwulhn/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on December 02, 2017, 03:44:52 AM
Scare Deal and Square Deal Composition Note Books...


(https://s17.postimg.org/4vjjwjdh7/scaredeal_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/4vjjwjdh7/)(https://s17.postimg.org/r7hcpy7gb/Square_Deal_notebook.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/r7hcpy7gb/)

I always found this one funny, and stuck my extras on my marble notebooks.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on December 02, 2017, 03:49:45 AM
What Mans and Whitman's Sampler...


(https://s17.postimg.org/dueo6p44b/whatmans_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/dueo6p44b/)(https://s17.postimg.org/tsndwulhn/Whitman_s_Sampler.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/tsndwulhn/)

Middle of the pile for me, but liked the joker faces and the half-wit tagline.

Maybe it would have been funnier as Witless?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on December 03, 2017, 05:01:57 AM
Jerkens and Jergens soap...

(https://s17.postimg.cc/rnr4jplff/jerkens_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/rnr4jplff/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/f94cjgm8b/Jergens.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/f94cjgm8b/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 03, 2017, 05:27:47 AM
Jerkens and Jergens soap...

(https://s17.postimg.org/rnr4jplff/jerkens_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rnr4jplff/)(https://s17.postimg.org/f94cjgm8b/Jergens.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/f94cjgm8b/)

Middle of the pile for me, but liked the joker faces and the half-wit tagline.

Maybe it would have been funnier as Witless?
I like the Jerken's character. I also like the "Bite Size" gag.

But the "Cleans up dirty words" doesn't go with the packaging. Maybe something like..

"Commotion Loud Soap" or "Lotion Scold Soap"? or a mix of the two?
---
For What Man's...

I agree with the "Witless" gag.

I would change "Chocolates and Confections" to "Dimwits and Defections".

(Which obviously defections is just defect combined with confections. Not the other meaning.)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on December 09, 2017, 01:10:34 PM
Bit-O-Money and Bit-O-Honey. I think the actual wrapper is from Jason Liebig's collection, so I want to give him proper credit for the image.


(https://s17.postimg.cc/9n98uspwr/bitomoney_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/9n98uspwr/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/uk5gzgvnf/Bit-_O-_Honey.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/uk5gzgvnf/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on December 09, 2017, 02:59:40 PM

But the "Cleans up dirty words" doesn't go with the packaging.


Back in the day, if you used dirty words (foul language) in school, a teacher would cram a bar of soap in your mouth and make you chew on it or keep it there.  Yes, they were allowed to do that!  Pretty cool, eh?  Too bad they got rid of the idea!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washing_out_mouth_with_soap
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 09, 2017, 03:56:57 PM
Back in the day, if you used dirty words (foul language) in school, a teacher would cram a bar of soap in your mouth and make you chew on it or keep it there.  Yes, they were allowed to do that!  Pretty cool, eh?  Too bad they got rid of the idea!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washing_out_mouth_with_soap

I know that. For example, "A Christmas Story" is on the TV practically all day on Christmas... on every channel.

And also my dad had a few stories...
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on December 09, 2017, 04:57:12 PM
I know that. For example, "A Christmas Story" is on the TV practically all day on Christmas... on every channel.

And also my dad had a few stories...

Yeah, well you should just be grateful that your teachers can't do the same to you for making all of those cigarette and alcohol parodies, you young whippersnapper, you!  (Or maybe they just don't know?  Hmmm.  I wonder if I'll run into any of your instructors at one of those teacher workshops they're always having?)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: NationalSpittoon on December 10, 2017, 02:52:00 AM
Yeah, well you should just be grateful that your teachers can't do the same to you for making all of those cigarette and alcohol parodies, you young whippersnapper, you!  (Or maybe they just don't know?  Hmmm.  I wonder if I'll run into any of your instructors at one of those teacher workshops they're always having?)

I don't do it at school. Except for one health project, which was an advertisement which was saying that cigarettes were bad which I came up with a Wacky Ad like parody.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on December 10, 2017, 06:40:09 AM
I don't do it at school. Except for one health project, which was an advertisement which was saying that cigarettes were bad which I came up with a Wacky Ad like parody.

What you did for health is a great way to integrate Wackys into school!

And I'm only messing with you about talking to your teachers.  In fact, we teachers often encourage student interest in Wacky Packages.  We want children to collect them.  That way we can confiscate them when kids have them out when they're not supposed to be, such as during the middle of a lesson or during a fire drill when students feel a need to rescue and save them.  Then we can either 1) add them to our own collections and/or 2) sell the very same cards back to our students 20 years from now on eBay!

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!  (Evil laughter)

 >:D  >:D  >:D
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: freetoes on December 10, 2017, 09:05:47 AM
Decent gag, and a really good rendering of the box.  I remember sticking this on the box under our kitchen sink.

I always liked this one, and remember hoping for the artwork to emerge from the vault.  "Jumped on by 125 feet"--classic.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: freetoes on December 10, 2017, 09:12:54 AM
Bit-O-Money and Bit-O-Honey. I think the actual wrapper is from Jason Liebig's collection, so I want to give him proper credit for the image.


(https://s17.postimg.org/9n98uspwr/bitomoney_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/9n98uspwr/)(https://s17.postimg.org/uk5gzgvnf/Bit-_O-_Honey.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/uk5gzgvnf/)

I'd never heard of Bit-O-Honey until this ad came out.  I wish someone would post the video portion, in all its psychedelic glory:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flb2Yk4j8l8


Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on January 02, 2018, 10:41:42 AM
Now that the holidays are behind us, let's continue on the vintage 6th Series...

Ditch Boy and Dutch Boy
(https://s18.postimg.org/b0hjarywl/ditchboy_small.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/b0hjarywl/)(https://s18.postimg.org/sqj7vtrx1/Dutch_Boy1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/sqj7vtrx1/)(https://s18.postimg.org/gbwfvi84l/Dutch_Boy2.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/gbwfvi84l/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: koduck on January 02, 2018, 12:36:00 PM
Always liked the Ditch Boy title, especially the poster version!
(https://s13.postimg.org/trewosc7n/wp_pstrs_DB.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/trewosc7n/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on January 12, 2018, 10:44:23 AM
Falling behind again! Spills Bros and Hills Bros...


(https://s14.postimg.org/u1jy341y5/spillsbros_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/u1jy341y5/)(https://s14.postimg.org/wvn3gl6p9/Hills_Bros.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wvn3gl6p9/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: sco(o)t on January 12, 2018, 12:14:04 PM
Falling behind again! Spills Bros and Hills Bros...


(https://s14.postimg.org/u1jy341y5/spillsbros_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/u1jy341y5/)(https://s14.postimg.org/wvn3gl6p9/Hills_Bros.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/wvn3gl6p9/)


Interesting side by side comparison. It's almost as if the Wacky picture was taken 2 seconds later than the original... after the nomad/wizard stubs his toe and spills his coffee. Would be a great lenticular combo.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on January 14, 2018, 09:49:07 AM
Clammy Soap and Camay Soap...


(https://s14.postimg.org/669r88pd9/clammy_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/669r88pd9/)(https://s14.postimg.org/9r5mqxjgt/Camay.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/9r5mqxjgt/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on January 18, 2018, 05:25:24 AM
Bar-Kist and Star-Kist...

(https://s14.postimg.org/ux28htfzh/barkist_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ux28htfzh/)(https://s14.postimg.org/rq7oy7qel/Star-_Kist.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rq7oy7qel/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: sco(o)t on January 18, 2018, 07:35:35 AM
Bar-Kist and Star-Kist...

(https://s14.postimg.org/ux28htfzh/barkist_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ux28htfzh/)(https://s14.postimg.org/rq7oy7qel/Star-_Kist.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rq7oy7qel/)

That fish looks as happy as a clam. On a related note, I wonder who determined clams were happy. This one would be kinda blasey without the open can/soused fish.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: cmgmd on January 18, 2018, 09:42:14 AM
The phrase most likely started as the longer phrase “happy as a clam at high tide,” and was popularized in the early 19th century, particularly in the northeastern United States. Clams can only be readily dug up when the tide is low; in high water, they're almost impossible to find.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on January 18, 2018, 03:25:59 PM
Interesting tidbit.  Makes perfect sense.

I agree.  The soused fish definitely elevates the gag to a much higher level!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: mikecho on January 18, 2018, 07:43:28 PM
Interesting tidbit.  Makes perfect sense.

I agree.  The soused fish definitely elevates the gag to a much higher level!
I wonder if the artist who did this one wanted to do a drunk Charlie the Tuna in the can, but couldn't do it due to copyright reasons, so he did the next best thing instead.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on January 19, 2018, 04:34:05 PM
I always wondered why that fish looks so goofy.  Arguably it looks more like a generic Spongebob Squarepants fish than anything relevant to the product and era.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: NationalSpittoon on January 20, 2018, 05:57:53 AM
I wonder if the artist who did this one wanted to do a drunk Charlie the Tuna in the can, but couldn't do it due to copyright reasons, so he did the next best thing instead.

A drunk Charlie would indeed be much more humorous.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on January 26, 2018, 02:12:12 PM
Sneer and Cheer
(https://s14.postimg.org/nxgf0cahp/sneer_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/nxgf0cahp/)(https://s14.postimg.org/y7itzm2y5/Cheer1.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/y7itzm2y5/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on April 15, 2018, 10:54:41 AM
Anyone want this thread updated? It's been a while and I'm not sure if anyone cares. LMK
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: mikecho on April 15, 2018, 01:02:56 PM
Anyone want this thread updated? It's been a while and I'm not sure if anyone cares. LMK
I care! I've been waiting for the next one in this for some time now. At the very least, it does help me with my a's and c's for the Master Spreadsheet. Keep it comin', keep it comin'!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: NationalSpittoon on April 15, 2018, 01:34:51 PM
Are all of the images gone for anyone else?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Scheres on April 15, 2018, 01:59:34 PM
I'd like it if there were more Wacky talk going on. Otherwise might as well change the name of this forum to Beware Of Matt Stock Forum. More Wacky discussion please!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on April 15, 2018, 02:03:14 PM
Anyone want this thread updated? It's been a while and I'm not sure if anyone cares. LMK

I'd like to continue.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Soremel on April 15, 2018, 02:23:35 PM
Are all of the images gone for anyone else?

I am not seeing any images. I have not seen any for a few days on this forum. (I thought it was just on my end!)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Paul_Maul on April 15, 2018, 02:32:38 PM
I am not seeing any images. I have not seen any for a few days on this forum. (I thought it was just on my end!)

Postimage changed their image hosting urls to postimage.cc. Bottom line is, the images are all still there, but they will only show in old threads if the postimage.org URL is changed to postimage.cc. New images should work fine as always.

All of the images in my account are still usable as they have the new URLs automatically.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Paul_Maul on April 15, 2018, 02:34:32 PM
Now that the holidays are behind us, let's continue on the vintage 6th Series...

Ditch Boy and Dutch Boy
(https://s18.postimg.cc/b0hjarywl/ditchboy_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/b0hjarywl/)(https://s18.postimg.cc/sqj7vtrx1/Dutch_Boy1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/sqj7vtrx1/)(https://s18.postimg.cc/gbwfvi84l/Dutch_Boy2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/gbwfvi84l/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Paul_Maul on April 15, 2018, 02:41:21 PM
Sneer and Cheer
(https://s14.postimg.cc/nxgf0cahp/sneer_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/nxgf0cahp/)(https://s14.postimg.cc/y7itzm2y5/Cheer1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/y7itzm2y5/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Soremel on April 15, 2018, 03:03:54 PM
Postimage changed their image hosting urls to postimage.cc. Bottom line is, the images are all still there, but they will only show in old threads if the postimage.org URL is changed to postimage.cc. New images should work fine as always.

All of the images in my account are still usable as they have the new URLs automatically.

Thank you, Dave!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on April 15, 2018, 04:00:11 PM
Back to the WP basics!  A nice breath of refreshing air!  Thanks!

"Before you do your washload!" always struck me as somewhat odd.  Why before?  Besides, the woman is smack in the middle of her washing.  I'd suggest "Before, during and after you do your washload!" which would also parallel the "hot, warm and cold" on the original box.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on April 15, 2018, 08:47:39 PM
Excellent! Here is where we left off in the 6th Series - Broomo Seltzer and Bromo Seltzer...



(https://s17.postimg.cc/xqqdl28rf/broomoseltzer_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/xqqdl28rf/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/jybyoupjf/Bromo_Seltzer1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/jybyoupjf/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on April 16, 2018, 03:33:31 AM
Broomo Seltzer is a classic Wacky title - funny gag and taglines, and that glass bottle and lid are tremendous!   The broom inside is just perfect.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: koduck on April 16, 2018, 08:07:06 AM
Impeccable esophagus, too!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: sco(o)t on April 16, 2018, 11:42:20 AM
Impeccable esophagus, too!

I thought that was one of the most crumby tummies I have ever seen. Just goes to show, art is in the eye of the beholder.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: koduck on April 16, 2018, 02:26:58 PM
I thought that was one of the most crumby tummies I have ever seen.

Exactly! Norm really captured the inner beauty!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Smokin Joe on April 16, 2018, 05:13:41 PM
Broomo was hypnotic to me as a kid. I remember pulling it out before bedtime and staring at those blues... I didn't know the product, but knew how beautifully this was painted. Series 6 was the first series I was able to collect from stores... so it is like my introduction to Wackys. My most nostalgic series.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on April 16, 2018, 06:30:11 PM
Broomo was hypnotic to me as a kid. I remember pulling it out before bedtime and staring at those blues... I didn't know the product, but knew how beautifully this was painted. Series 6 was the first series I was able to collect from stores... so it is like my introduction to Wackys. My most nostalgic series.

Yep, that glass bottle is a thing of beauty!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on April 17, 2018, 06:41:01 PM
Next in line - Virginia Slums and Virginia Slims...


(https://s17.postimg.cc/qn1yro817/virginiaslums_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/qn1yro817/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/7hyphxo8b/Virginia_Slims.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/7hyphxo8b/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on April 18, 2018, 02:39:05 AM
Next in line - Virginia Slums and Virginia Slims...


(https://s17.postimg.cc/qn1yro817/virginiaslums_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/qn1yro817/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/7hyphxo8b/Virginia_Slims.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/7hyphxo8b/)

When I pulled this sticker as a kid, I didn't get the gag until I looked up "slums" in the dictionary.  Then the gag and taglines made sense.  And, talk about making something out of a nothing package!  There is so much art and detail that it's a fantastic Wacky even if some kids didn't get the gag.  Love the buildings and smokestacks.  The smoke is great, too. 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on April 18, 2018, 04:27:18 AM
When I pulled this sticker as a kid, I didn't get the gag until I looked up "slums" in the dictionary.  Then the gag and taglines made sense.  And, talk about making something out of a nothing package!  There is so much art and detail that it's a fantastic Wacky even if some kids didn't get the gag.  Love the buildings and smokestacks.  The smoke is great, too.

Yes! I admire how he used the brown stripes on the left of the actual pack to represent smoke stacks on the parody.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on April 18, 2018, 05:46:18 PM
Yes! I admire how he used the brown stripes on the left of the actual pack to represent smoke stacks on the parody.

Also to represent the foul filthiness of the habit.  (Trust me, I'm one to know and guilty as charged.)

And, yes, all of those many factory buildings are very cool.  A lesser artist would have simply settled for one.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on April 19, 2018, 05:24:29 AM
Footsie Rool and Tootsie Roll...


(https://s17.postimg.cc/ri37lt7nv/footsieroll_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ri37lt7nv/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/bjuhvqqbf/Tootsie_Roll2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/bjuhvqqbf/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: sco(o)t on April 19, 2018, 07:56:01 AM
Footsie Rool and Tootsie Roll...


(https://s17.postimg.cc/ri37lt7nv/footsieroll_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ri37lt7nv/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/bjuhvqqbf/Tootsie_Roll2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/bjuhvqqbf/)

I used to eat these things all the time as a kid. Loved the big Tootsie roll "log" with break off pieces, although I think that's all we could get back then:



(https://s7.postimg.cc/9ks92wlh3/tootsie-roll.png) (https://postimg.cc/image/9ks92wlh3/)

(https://s7.postimg.cc/y1aexdehz/tootsie2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/y1aexdehz/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: mikecho on April 19, 2018, 08:29:33 AM
Tootsie Roll are one of my favorites, too - including the big one! And I just thought of another candidate for Old School - Tootsie Roll Flavor Rolls. As far as I know, they first appeared in the 1970s and I've lo-o-o-oved them ever since! I only wish that they didn't come just in Midgee size.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on April 19, 2018, 03:30:03 PM
Are these what you are referring to (or something very similar?)

(https://s14.postimg.cc/i0qih5srh/tootsie-fruit-rolls-5lb-4.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/i0qih5srh/)

If so, then yes, these would make an excellent parody!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: mikecho on April 19, 2018, 07:27:00 PM
Yes, that's exactly what I'm referring to, Rob. When I was a kid, they only came in five flavors: vanilla, cherry, orange, lemon and lime. Nowadays, they've added three more: grape, blue raspberry and green apple. And I lo-o-o-ove all of them!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on April 20, 2018, 03:59:38 AM
Footsie Rool and Tootsie Roll...


(https://s17.postimg.cc/ri37lt7nv/footsieroll_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ri37lt7nv/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/bjuhvqqbf/Tootsie_Roll2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/bjuhvqqbf/)

I always liked this one, and still call the candy by the Wacky name.  There wasn't much to the original packaging, but that's a wonderfully detailed shoe, and it just looks so silly that to me it makes the Wacky.  But, the shoe obviously isn't all rubber, and there might have been better taglines.  Maybe "Rubber Flavor" and "The Candy Bar for Heels"?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on April 20, 2018, 11:04:40 AM
Finishing up the 6th Series - Bum Bums and Pom Poms...

(https://s17.postimg.cc/m2qt9hlx7/bumbums_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/m2qt9hlx7/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/jy6g8es0b/Pom_Poms.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/jy6g8es0b/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Scheres on April 20, 2018, 11:08:20 AM
I've seen Bum Bums forever and never even thought about what it was a parody of. never heard of Pom Poms, Missed that one.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: sco(o)t on April 20, 2018, 01:04:42 PM
I've seen Bum Bums forever and never even thought about what it was a parody of. never heard of Pom Poms, Missed that one.

Same here... was this possibly more of a regional item? We certainly had the Sugar Daddy's advertised on the box, as well as Black Cow, but I don't remember seeing these at any of my candy pushers' dens of sugars. I take it these were similar to Sugar Babies.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Jean Nutty on April 20, 2018, 01:05:00 PM
The word "bum" is politically incorrect . . . we should probably use the term "urban outdoorsman"
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: mikecho on April 21, 2018, 10:00:11 AM
Same here... was this possibly more of a regional item? We certainly had the Sugar Daddy's advertised on the box, as well as Black Cow, but I don't remember seeing these at any of my candy pushers' dens of sugars. I take it these were similar to Sugar Babies.
I don't remember them either-and I saw a lot of candy in the stores back in the day. But Wackys have done regional products before and recently. For example, MOB Coffee from ANS7 was really MJB Coffee, a brand found only in the western US. Another product that was only found in that part of the country (at least in the 1970s) was Putrid's Not Goodie from OLDS4, which was really Pearson's Nut Goodie. (By the way, did I get the first part of the OLDS4 Wacky's name right? If not, let me know and I'll change it to what it actually is.)   UPDATE: My mom, when I asked her, said that she remembered Poms Poms. She said that they were similar to Milk Duds.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on April 23, 2018, 04:35:35 AM
Kicking off the 7th Series...would you eat a Big Muc or a Big Mac?

(https://s17.postimg.cc/o9sccvx9n/bigmuc_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/o9sccvx9n/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/6wi1y5rpn/Big_Mac2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6wi1y5rpn/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on April 23, 2018, 05:40:37 AM
This one always made me smile, and, once again, I still use the name.  There wasn't much to do with the box, but they nailed the packaging and logos, and the hamburger is sufficiently messy to go with the gag.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on April 23, 2018, 04:20:32 PM
Same here... was this possibly more of a regional item? We certainly had the Sugar Daddy's advertised on the box, as well as Black Cow, but I don't remember seeing these at any of my candy pushers' dens of sugars. I take it these were similar to Sugar Babies.
I don't remember Pom Poms from my candy stores either, but I think I got small boxes as Halloween trick or treats a few times.  Pretty sure they were a stiffer caramel than Sugar Babies, more like Milk Duds except perfectly round, like malted milk balls.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on April 23, 2018, 04:38:36 PM
I don't remember Pom Poms from my candy stores either, but I think I got small boxes as Halloween trick or treats a few times.  Pretty sure they were a stiffer caramel than Sugar Babies, more like Milk Duds except perfectly round, like malted milk balls.
I think I had Pom Poms back in the day, but maybe I'm just thinking of Milk Duds

Joke is a bit awkward. Maybe 'The candy that's good as a handout'

Interesting return of Nabisco brands to the Wacky lineup since the die-cuts. It won't last long though.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: mikecho on April 24, 2018, 11:09:40 AM
I think I had Pom Poms back in the day, but maybe I'm just thinking of Milk Duds

Joke is a bit awkward. Maybe 'The candy that's good as a handout'

Interesting return of Nabisco brands to the Wacky lineup since the die-cuts. It won't last long though.
You're right. Monsterettes (Oysterettes) was a Nabisco product-based Wacky that was intended for the 9th series and was never officially released until Flashback 1, many years later.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: bigtomi on April 24, 2018, 03:21:25 PM
Monsterettes (Oysterettes) was a Nabisco product-based Wacky that was intended for the 9th series and was never released until Flashback 1, many years later.
Unless you count the "unofficial" Duane Dimock's Lost Wackys.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: mikecho on April 25, 2018, 01:08:57 AM
Yeah, I guess you could say that. Okay, it's fixed.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on April 25, 2018, 04:45:07 AM
My-T-Fink and My-T-Fine...


(https://s17.postimg.cc/jwhuutvl7/mytfink_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/jwhuutvl7/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/u6k9u30wb/My_T_Fine.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/u6k9u30wb/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: sco(o)t on April 25, 2018, 12:54:30 PM
My-T-Fink and My-T-Fine...


(https://s17.postimg.cc/jwhuutvl7/mytfink_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/jwhuutvl7/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/u6k9u30wb/My_T_Fine.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/u6k9u30wb/)

As a youth, when I pulled this one, I had to look up the word "fink". Webster's definition gave two parts. I am paraphrasing but was something like:
     1) noun - an unpleasant or contemptible person
     2) verb - to inform on someone to the authorities
I think "fink" might have been  a bit passe even in the mid '70s, but I know kids my age weren't using it. I never could see the connection between a fink and someone over-weight as was implied by the image and "chunk flavor" tag. I guess we would come to know this as body-shaming. With all that aside, the pudding and bowl are very well rendered. Just not one of my favorites. Besides, we were a Jello household.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on April 25, 2018, 02:48:11 PM
As a youth, when I pulled this one, I had to look up the word "fink". Webster's definition gave two parts. I am paraphrasing but was something like:
     1) noun - an unpleasant or contemptible person
     2) verb - to inform on someone to the authorities
I think "fink" might have been  a bit passe even in the mid '70s, but I know kids my age weren't using it. I never could see the connection between a fink and someone over-weight as was implied by the image and "chunk flavor" tag. I guess we would come to know this as body-shaming. With all that aside, the pudding and bowl are very well rendered. Just not one of my favorites. Besides, we were a Jello household.

Glad to hear that I wasn't the only kid looking up the occasional Wacky word in the dictionary.

I think it would have worked better if the main character was swiping someone else's pudding.  The best I could ever guess about this one is that the chubby guy was just not sharing, making him a fink.  But, as you said, the box is very well executed.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: freetoes on April 25, 2018, 05:01:22 PM
As a youth, when I pulled this one, I had to look up the word "fink". Webster's definition gave two parts. I am paraphrasing but was something like:
     1) noun - an unpleasant or contemptible person
     2) verb - to inform on someone to the authorities
I think "fink" might have been  a bit passe even in the mid '70s, but I know kids my age weren't using it. I never could see the connection between a fink and someone over-weight as was implied by the image and "chunk flavor" tag. I guess we would come to know this as body-shaming. With all that aside, the pudding and bowl are very well rendered. Just not one of my favorites. Besides, we were a Jello household.

"Fink out" had a meaning similar to "bail on." Calling someone a fink would probably have gotten one beaten up, though not because the word was offensive.

This was one of the few Series 7's I missed back in the day. They really nailed the packaging, but I don't remember the product either.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on April 27, 2018, 09:18:12 AM
Fibby's and Libby's...


(https://s17.postimg.cc/vsxl2ygzv/fibbys_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/vsxl2ygzv/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/s9bndcwcb/Libby_s_Juice.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/s9bndcwcb/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: sco(o)t on April 27, 2018, 10:58:58 AM
Fibby's and Libby's...


(https://s17.postimg.cc/vsxl2ygzv/fibbys_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/vsxl2ygzv/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/s9bndcwcb/Libby_s_Juice.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/s9bndcwcb/)

This one seems more pertinent than ever. Not one of my personal favorites but a good solid Wacky.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on April 27, 2018, 03:54:24 PM
Fibby's and Libby's...


(https://s17.postimg.cc/vsxl2ygzv/fibbys_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/vsxl2ygzv/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/s9bndcwcb/Libby_s_Juice.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/s9bndcwcb/)

Probably another underrated title, as are many from the "over abundant" middle series.  The Libby's product line was very quintessential 70's, so it's good that it got the Wacky treatment.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on April 27, 2018, 04:09:47 PM
Fibby's and Libby's...


(https://s17.postimg.cc/vsxl2ygzv/fibbys_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/vsxl2ygzv/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/s9bndcwcb/Libby_s_Juice.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/s9bndcwcb/)

I always liked the name, and they did the packaging well.  I appreciated this one more once I understood why something called "Watergate" was messing up the TV schedule.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on April 29, 2018, 06:02:37 AM
Wake up and feed the baby! You have a choice of either Gurgles or Gerber. I think the actual box is Barley, but I couldn't find an image.

(https://s17.postimg.cc/b65nqf7pn/gurgles_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/b65nqf7pn/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/dorcqit9n/Gerber_cereal.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/dorcqit9n/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on April 29, 2018, 06:07:25 AM
Never really caught my eye as a kid due to the simple coloring scheme, but this is another masterwork of art with that spot-on rendition of the baby and the perfect lettering. While the box color matches the Oatmeal box, I'd say the joke is based on the Barley version.
And that 'poor spout' always cracked me up.


(https://s7.postimg.cc/xdhqjgo57/Barely.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on April 29, 2018, 06:18:20 AM
Never really caught my eye as a kid due to the simple coloring scheme, but this is another masterwork of art with that spot-on rendition of the baby and the perfect lettering. While the box color matches the Oatmeal box, I'd say the joke is based on the Barley version.
And that 'poor spout' always cracked me up.


(https://s7.postimg.cc/xdhqjgo57/Barely.jpg)
Thanks for posting this image! Nice to have the exact product. You're right about the box color. They used the red color from the Oatmeal box, not the orange from the Barley box.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: sco(o)t on April 30, 2018, 11:56:11 AM
Wake up and feed the baby! You have a choice of either Gurgles or Gerber. I think the actual box is Barley, but I couldn't find an image.

(https://s17.postimg.cc/b65nqf7pn/gurgles_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/b65nqf7pn/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/dorcqit9n/Gerber_cereal.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/dorcqit9n/)

A nice solid Wacky. These are the kind that kept me coming back. Great artwork and gags that are good and go together. We used to draw on this sticker to see who could make the baby look even worse.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: mikecho on April 30, 2018, 12:11:00 PM
A nice solid Wacky. These are the kind that kept me coming back. Great artwork and gags that are good and go together. We used to draw on this sticker to see who could make the baby look even worse.
That last line made me laugh so hard that I coughed! Even when I was a kid, I never even thought of drawing on my Wackys (not that I'd have done it anyway; I knew better than to do so even back then).
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: mikecho on April 30, 2018, 12:21:39 PM
Never really caught my eye as a kid due to the simple coloring scheme, but this is another masterwork of art with that spot-on rendition of the baby and the perfect lettering. While the box color matches the Oatmeal box, I'd say the joke is based on the Barley version.
And that 'poor spout' always cracked me up.


(https://s7.postimg.cc/xdhqjgo57/Barely.jpg)
You know, I never even saw that last part until now-and I even have it in the Abrams book! In fact, I'd probably have never even noticed it unless someone mentioned it. Could it have been a goof, or was it done intentionally? Well, I guess we'll probably never know.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on May 01, 2018, 01:42:45 AM
Wake up and feed the baby! You have a choice of either Gurgles or Gerber. I think the actual box is Barley, but I couldn't find an image.

(https://s17.postimg.cc/b65nqf7pn/gurgles_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/b65nqf7pn/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/dorcqit9n/Gerber_cereal.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/dorcqit9n/)

I always liked this one because of the fantastic baby.  "Poor spout" is a great little extra gag.  Of course, I hate the apostrophes in mama's and papa's.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on May 01, 2018, 01:45:31 AM
You know, I never even saw that last part until now-and I even have it in the Abrams book! In fact, I'd probably have never even noticed it unless someone mentioned it. Could it have been a goof, or was it done intentionally? Well, I guess we'll probably never know.

Not a goof - it's a crummy "pour" spout!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on May 01, 2018, 05:11:31 AM
Which one of these products did Roger Daltrey sit in a bathtub full of...Hurtz Bears or Heinz Beans?

(https://s17.postimg.cc/jxe26kl6z/hurtzbears_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/jxe26kl6z/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/7viockouz/Heinz_Baked_Beans1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/7viockouz/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/dwgd9nqwr/Heinz_Baked_Beans4.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/dwgd9nqwr/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: sco(o)t on May 01, 2018, 11:38:58 AM
Which one of these products did Roger Daltrey sit in a bathtub full of...Hurtz Bears or Heinz Beans?

(https://s17.postimg.cc/jxe26kl6z/hurtzbears_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/jxe26kl6z/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/7viockouz/Heinz_Baked_Beans1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/7viockouz/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/dwgd9nqwr/Heinz_Baked_Beans4.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/dwgd9nqwr/)

Must have been Heinz because he wasn't "bear" at the time.  :]
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Paul_Maul on May 01, 2018, 01:33:42 PM
(https://s19.postimg.cc/c3fiwuylf/8_F8_DF0_AC-_AA63-41_B4-9793-94382194_D642.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on May 01, 2018, 04:12:27 PM

(https://s17.postimg.cc/jxe26kl6z/hurtzbears_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/jxe26kl6z/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/7viockouz/Heinz_Baked_Beans1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/7viockouz/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/dwgd9nqwr/Heinz_Baked_Beans4.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/dwgd9nqwr/)

Now this is what it's all about!  I'm gushing tears of joy!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on May 02, 2018, 04:38:00 AM
Now this is what it's all about!  I'm gushing tears of joy!

Glad I made your day! I like that they used the green texture and bowl imagery from the Vegetarian Beans can. Otherwise it might have been a dull parody.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on May 02, 2018, 04:43:59 AM
Glad I made your day! I like that they used the green texture and bowl imagery from the Vegetarian Beans can. Otherwise it might have been a dull parody.

Agreed, they made a good choice with the vegetarian bean can.  I've always liked this one.  Good gag, great rendition, neat bears, and I like the tag line about bringing out the beast in you. 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on May 02, 2018, 04:50:14 AM
Slopicana and Tropicana. The best real packaging I could find is an illustration. Anyone have a photo of the carton to share?

(https://s17.postimg.cc/wdy7g4jfv/slopicana_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/wdy7g4jfv/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/6v5v3bhy3/Tropicana_OJ1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6v5v3bhy3/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on May 02, 2018, 03:42:28 PM
Love the ape!

By the time the 7th series rolled out, my friends and I were into Wackys for everything they were worth, and I don't think there was a corner store that wasn't selling them (and we hit them all.)  Even the old lady who sold candy out of her kitchen to school children at lunchtime (we walked home for lunch in those days) was selling them.  Old habits die hard, and even today I still find myself glancing over at various candy displays in some slim, half-forgotten hope of spotting a box of packs.  I'd probably buy them all, if simply to relive one of the more carefree, serendipitous times in my life.

Still love the 7th series.  It is probably my favorite and brings back a lot of great memories.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on May 04, 2018, 03:58:23 PM
Top Slob and Top Job...


(https://s17.postimg.cc/jxu6o3jmz/topslob_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/jxu6o3jmz/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/nu7ik3rrv/Top_Job1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/nu7ik3rrv/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on May 04, 2018, 04:08:32 PM
The fish are a nice added touch.  Don't think the parody would be nowhere near as strong without them.

What's the deal with the jagged cap, by the way?  (Never noticed it until now.)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: NationalSpittoon on May 04, 2018, 05:00:33 PM
The fish are a nice added touch.  Don't think the parody would be nowhere near as strong without them.

What's the deal with the jagged cap, by the way?  (Never noticed it until now.)

That might be symbolizing waves of mucky water, as inside the product.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on May 05, 2018, 04:38:21 AM
The fish are a nice added touch.  Don't think the parody would be nowhere near as strong without them.

What's the deal with the jagged cap, by the way?  (Never noticed it until now.)

Maybe the cap on the real product they used had a red starburst, similar to the one on the front of the real product photo I posted.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on May 05, 2018, 04:57:27 AM
Maybe the cap on the real product they used had a red starburst, similar to the one on the front of the real product photo I posted.
that looks to be the case.
found this image online with the 'burst' cap
(https://s7.postimg.cc/oasumkykr/Vintage-full-bottle-_Top-_Job-heavy-duty-household.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on May 05, 2018, 08:55:50 AM
Looks like you may have nailed the perfect match.  The lettering is also slightly tilted, matching the Wacky
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on May 05, 2018, 12:38:13 PM
I always liked Top Slob, and it's another one of those names that is still stuck in my head.  Good gag, and a pretty good slob on the label.  They nailed the packaging, and the fish are well painted, and an interesting touch.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: lucidjc on May 05, 2018, 04:52:59 PM
Top Slob and Top Job...


(https://s17.postimg.cc/jxu6o3jmz/topslob_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/jxu6o3jmz/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/nu7ik3rrv/Top_Job1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/nu7ik3rrv/)

Yes! A Top Notch "Liquid Filled Wacky". I honesty think Wackys like this sparked my interest in Aquariums as a kid, that has lasted up to this day.

Jim
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on May 06, 2018, 06:43:49 AM
Yes! A Top Notch "Liquid Filled Wacky". I honesty think Wackys like this sparked my interest in Aquariums as a kid, that has lasted up to this day.

Jim
That thing floating in the right corner of the bottle could either be a sea urchin or a mop head!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on May 06, 2018, 06:45:36 AM
Medi-Quak and Medi-Quik. I couldn't find the bottle, but the can has similar graphics.

(https://s17.postimg.cc/8zb40mv4b/mediquak_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/8zb40mv4b/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/xsko1atkb/Medi-_Quik.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/xsko1atkb/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on May 06, 2018, 07:04:20 AM
Yes! A Top Notch "Liquid Filled Wacky". I honesty think Wackys like this sparked my interest in Aquariums as a kid, that has lasted up to this day.

Jim

I always liked and was fascinated by the "Liquid Filled Wackys," too.  In a way, they're in their own separate category.  IMO, these are some of Norm's best work.  The bubbles, various submerged characters/objects, and the way he lit the liquids all come together for some very arresting artwork.

Too bad there aren't ceramic figures available of some of the WP bottle characters (such as the "Log Cave-In" pioneer.)  One could create a rather one-of-a-kind aquarium!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on May 06, 2018, 07:16:33 AM
Medi-Quak and Medi-Quik. I couldn't find the bottle, but the can has similar graphics.

(https://s17.postimg.cc/8zb40mv4b/mediquak_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/8zb40mv4b/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/xsko1atkb/Medi-_Quik.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/xsko1atkb/)

Does Medi-Quik even exist today?  Or did it disappear the year Atari hit the market?  Looking at the graphics of all of those children playing outside makes me wonder.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on May 07, 2018, 08:45:03 PM
Dums and Tums.
(https://s31.postimg.cc/7a06nzk1j/dums_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/7a06nzk1j/)(https://s31.postimg.cc/x5jx7er2v/s-l1600.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/x5jx7er2v/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on May 08, 2018, 04:10:31 AM
Medi-Quak and Medi-Quik. I couldn't find the bottle, but the can has similar graphics.

(https://s17.postimg.cc/8zb40mv4b/mediquak_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/8zb40mv4b/)(https://s17.postimg.cc/xsko1atkb/Medi-_Quik.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/xsko1atkb/)

I love that duck!  I liked this gag so much I used to ask my mom to buy Medi-quak to keep for our little emergencies, instead of the other brands.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on May 09, 2018, 12:13:20 PM
Alpo and Alpoo...

(https://s31.postimg.cc/6z2hghz53/Alpo.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6z2hghz53/)

Somewhat interesting story from the website I found the above image:

"One poignant instance of this plight was a job that John Falter did in 1964 for an advertising agency. He was hired to compose the color design for the label on ALPO dog food cans. Oddly enough, a further example of this same cultural tendency occurred ten years later when another classic illustrator, Norman Saunders, was hired by the Topps Bubble Gum Company to paint a spoof of that same label for a Wacky Packages sticker, ALPOO."
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on May 09, 2018, 03:35:54 PM
Interesting story, and sure enough, the label on that first can is a painting.

I think I would prefer to eat the beef chunks in either painting, as opposed to the real thing.  Somehow, IMO, the photography of yesteryear often portrayed food in a most unappetizing manner.

By the way, notice the dog's disproportionate "giraffe" leg.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: cddx on May 10, 2018, 07:30:22 AM
Does Medi-Quik even exist today?  Or did it disappear the year Atari hit the market?  Looking at the graphics of all of those children playing outside makes me wonder.


(https://s14.postimg.cc/n0tmaru7x/medi-quik.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/n0tmaru7x/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: mikecho on May 10, 2018, 01:19:47 PM
Interesting story, and sure enough, the label on that first can is a painting.

I think I would prefer to eat the beef chunks in either painting, as opposed to the real thing.  Somehow, IMO, the photography of yesteryear often portrayed food in a most unappetizing manner.

By the way, notice the dog's disproportionate "giraffe" leg.
That leg was interesting! I never would've noticed it unless someone mentioned it and, back in the day, I didn't even see it-until now.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on May 10, 2018, 03:03:49 PM
Does Medi-Quik even exist today?  Or did it disappear the year Atari hit the market?  Looking at the graphics of all of those children playing outside makes me wonder.


(https://s14.postimg.cc/n0tmaru7x/medi-quik.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/n0tmaru7x/)

Thanks!

I notice, though, that all of the children have disappeared.  No more jumping rope, shooting marbles, etc..

Perhaps this parody should be redone and brought up to date?  A duck with (Daffy Duck) arms and painful blisters on its thumbs gripping a game controller as it sits gawking at a television video game screen.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on May 11, 2018, 03:33:30 PM
Hag and Hag or Half and Half?

(https://s9.postimg.cc/4ozytg3qz/hagandhag_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/4ozytg3qz/)(https://s9.postimg.cc/rqgjz90uj/Half_and_Half_Tobacco1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/rqgjz90uj/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on May 12, 2018, 07:41:04 AM
Hag and Hag or Half and Half?

(https://s9.postimg.cc/4ozytg3qz/hagandhag_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/4ozytg3qz/)(https://s9.postimg.cc/rqgjz90uj/Half_and_Half_Tobacco1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/rqgjz90uj/)

Rather simple and plain, yet the witch illustration is well done.

Brings back memories of walking into the local mall and finding (it seems strange to say now) a tobacconist shop - along with a store that sold nothing but organs, fountains filled with coins, retailers that sold LPs, cassettes, and 8-track tapes, and head shops selling little bottles of "Rush" (amyl nitrite.)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: mikecho on May 13, 2018, 11:01:45 AM
Rather simple and plain, yet the witch illustration is well done.

Brings back memories of walking into the local mall and finding (it seems strange to say now) a tobacconist shop - along with a store that sold nothing but organs, fountains filled with coins, retailers that sold LPs, cassettes, and 8-track tapes, and head shops selling little bottles of "Rush" (amyl nitrite.)
I remember all of those things except the head shops (but then again, I wouldn't have noticed them anyway). I also remember pet shops, toy stores, book stores, small candy booths in the main department store in the mall, small movie theaters that only had two rooms, stores like Woolworth's that had lunch counters outside in the hallway, soft pretzel stands in that same hallway, pinball arcades, department stores that don't even exist anyone (and usually more than one of them in different sections)-oh, I could go on forever with this!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on May 13, 2018, 04:46:07 PM
I remember all of those things except the head shops (but then again, I wouldn't have noticed them anyway). I also remember pet shops, toy stores, book stores, small candy booths in the main department store in the mall, small movie theaters that only had two rooms, stores like Woolworth's that had lunch counters outside in the hallway, soft pretzel stands in that same hallway, pinball arcades, department stores that don't even exist anyone (and usually more than one of them in different sections)-oh, I could go on forever with this!

You remembered some good ones.  Yes, I definitely remember the Woolworth's lunch counter in the hallway, small candy booths in the department stores, pet shops, and - what did you call them? - "pinball" arcades painted up all black like dark grottoes.  There was also a candle shop called "Wicks and Sticks," I believe, that sold all kinds of crazy, sculpted candle figures such as dragons, etc. - like wax works of art.  I still have one somewhere around here.

To be honest, I can't even remember the last time I shopped in a mall.  There's no cool stores left that appeal to me.  I do remember thinking to myself, though, as I hurriedly walked through one, "Why the hell am I even here?"  (There's also not that many cool stores left outside of the malls, either!)  Welcome to the age of Target and Walmart.  Now I tend to frequent small CD, book, and other odd stores located on renovated downtown Main Streets in neighboring small towns.

Perhaps the 3rd Blade Runner movie will feature even yet a bleaker landscape:  A vast system of domes covering Los Angeles, which, in itself, is a vast, never-ending Walmart, a place where one could live and die without ever having to leave.  Everything for the impoverished soul!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on May 13, 2018, 06:55:23 PM
You remembered some good ones.  Yes, I definitely remember the Woolworth's lunch counter in the hallway, small candy booths in the department stores, pet shops, and - what did you call them? - "pinball" arcades painted up all black like dark grottoes.  There was also a candle shop called "Wicks and Sticks," I believe, that sold all kinds of crazy, sculpted candle figures such as dragons, etc. - like wax works of art.  I still have one somewhere around here.

To be honest, I can't even remember the last time I shopped in a mall.  There's no cool stores left that appeal to me.  I do remember thinking to myself, though, as I hurriedly walked through one, "Why the hell am I even here?"  (There's also not that many cool stores left outside of the malls, either!)  Welcome to the age of Target and Walmart.  Now I tend to frequent small CD, book, and other odd stores located on renovated downtown Main Streets in neighboring small towns.

Perhaps the 3rd Blade Runner movie will feature even yet a bleaker landscape:  A vast system of domes covering Los Angeles, which, in itself, is a vast, never-ending Walmart, a place where one could live and die without ever having to leave.  Everything for the impoverished soul!

The only time I've been to a mall in the last 10 years was to get my mom's perfume at Macy's; I've been ordering it on line for years now.  I remember the good old days with video arcades, Walden Books, B. Dalton, Wicks and Sticks I think I have a wizard candle somewhere), Spencer Gifts, McCrory and KayBee Toys.

Your future vision reminds me of a science fiction novel where everyone lived in ginormous buildings called urbmonds (urbmods?), and basically never went outside.  I can't remember the name of the book, but hopefully someone here will.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: bigtomi on May 14, 2018, 11:39:13 AM
Your future vision reminds me of a science fiction novel where everyone lived in ginormous buildings called urbmonds (urbmods?), and basically never went outside.  I can't remember the name of the book, but hopefully someone here will.
The World Inside by R. Silverberg?

[in my best Linus Van Pelt] That's what Google is all about, Charlie Brown.   :)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on May 14, 2018, 02:58:15 PM
The World Inside by R. Silverberg?

[in my best Linus Van Pelt] That's what Google is all about, Charlie Brown.   :)

I did try to search, but perhaps wasn't good enough with the search words.  Thanks!  I love Robert Silverberg novels!  Larry Niven, too.  And the Riverworld series by Philip Jose Farmer is awesome.  His Dayworld is thought provoking as well.  Heinlein is another favorite, but in the end, IMHO, Asimov rules.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on May 15, 2018, 07:15:35 PM
Dimwit Dots and Domino Dots. Here's another where I wish I had an image of the exact 1970s packaging parodied.

(https://s31.postimg.cc/wcpbvd18n/dimwitdots_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/wcpbvd18n/)(https://s31.postimg.cc/j8jrip41z/Domino_Dots1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/j8jrip41z/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on May 18, 2018, 07:13:35 AM
Wow...no comments on Dimwit Dots. I think Dimwit Dots is one of the most eye-catching, colorful parodies in the 7th Series. The mod yellow cube pattern is reminiscent of 70s-era mosaic art. Mixed with the guy's green shirt, blue bowtie and red lettering. Absolutely love the tight illustration of the guy who obviously is such a dimwit he can't put a sugar cube in the giant coffee cup! It's a shame I don't have a visual reference to the real packaging.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on May 18, 2018, 07:17:11 AM
Mr. Goodbye and Mr. Goodbar...


(https://s31.postimg.cc/tubwjkoqf/mrgoodbye_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/tubwjkoqf/)(https://s31.postimg.cc/wof1x5w3b/Mr._Goodbar1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/wof1x5w3b/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on May 18, 2018, 12:05:51 PM
Wow...no comments on Dimwit Dots. I think Dimwit Dots is one of the most eye-catching, colorful parodies in the 7th Series. The mod yellow cube pattern is reminiscent of 70s-era mosaic art. Mixed with the guy's green shirt, blue bowtie and red lettering. Absolutely love the tight illustration of the guy who obviously is such a dimwit he can't put a sugar cube in the giant coffee cup! It's a shame I don't have a visual reference to the real packaging.
I spent some time trying to dig around for a vintage image, but couldn't find anything with the checkerboard pattern. For that matter, it was difficult to find anything that was a Domino Dot. Looks like that name disappeared quite a while ago.

(https://s31.postimg.cc/dvlbh6k2j/Smjhuecod_Gu_ALVt_BKMChh3uag_P5x_Pjj3_J3a_Bj3eacf_A.jpg)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: NationalSpittoon on May 18, 2018, 12:06:38 PM
Wow...no comments on Dimwit Dots. I think Dimwit Dots is one of the most eye-catching, colorful parodies in the 7th Series. The mod yellow cube pattern is reminiscent of 70s-era mosaic art. Mixed with the guy's green shirt, blue bowtie and red lettering. Absolutely love the tight illustration of the guy who obviously is such a dimwit he can't put a sugar cube in the giant coffee cup! It's a shame I don't have a visual reference to the real packaging.

I lacked the ability to actually write a response to it. Dimwit Dots is one of my favorite 7th Series titles.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on May 18, 2018, 08:34:26 PM
Wow...no comments on Dimwit Dots. I think Dimwit Dots is one of the most eye-catching, colorful parodies in the 7th Series. The mod yellow cube pattern is reminiscent of 70s-era mosaic art. Mixed with the guy's green shirt, blue bowtie and red lettering. Absolutely love the tight illustration of the guy who obviously is such a dimwit he can't put a sugar cube in the giant coffee cup! It's a shame I don't have a visual reference to the real packaging.
I missed the 7th Series entirely so it doesn't have the same nostalgic pull for me as some other series do, but a good Wacky is a good Wacky, and the 7th has its share.  I'd put this one among the best 4 or 5 titles from that Series.  As for the packaging, it's a little frustrating that an exact match can't be found.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on May 19, 2018, 04:41:57 AM
Wow...no comments on Dimwit Dots. I think Dimwit Dots is one of the most eye-catching, colorful parodies in the 7th Series. The mod yellow cube pattern is reminiscent of 70s-era mosaic art. Mixed with the guy's green shirt, blue bowtie and red lettering. Absolutely love the tight illustration of the guy who obviously is such a dimwit he can't put a sugar cube in the giant coffee cup! It's a shame I don't have a visual reference to the real packaging.

I really like Dimwit Dots, from the gag to the colorful packaging.  The goofy character is awesome!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on May 19, 2018, 06:35:09 AM
Mr. Goodbye and Mr. Goodbar...


(https://s31.postimg.cc/tubwjkoqf/mrgoodbye_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/tubwjkoqf/)(https://s31.postimg.cc/wof1x5w3b/Mr._Goodbar1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/wof1x5w3b/)

Always liked the gangster parodies. This one livened up a rather plain wrapper.  I especially like the way Norm rendered the car tilted up on two wheels, as well as the gangsters firing willy-nilly at nothing.

"Her-She," though, isn't just weak, but just doesn't fit.  (But then and again, "Hershey" is one of the tougher names to parody.)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on May 19, 2018, 06:57:26 AM
Always liked the gangster parodies. This one livened up a rather plain wrapper.  I especially like the way Norm rendered the car tilted up on two wheels, as well as the gangsters firing willy-nilly at nothing.

"Her-She," though, isn't just weak, but just doesn't fit.  (But then and again, "Hershey" is one of the tougher names to parody.)

Agreed, love the car and gangsters.  I thought "Hershey" should have been something like "Hearse-y."
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: bigtomi on May 19, 2018, 09:01:49 AM
I thought "Hershey" should have been something like "Hearse-y."
or "He-shot"?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on May 21, 2018, 05:01:17 AM
Caged and Cadet dog food...

(https://s31.postimg.cc/uyn69t5ev/caged_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/uyn69t5ev/)(https://s31.postimg.cc/xfyxh5hmf/Cadet_dog_food1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/xfyxh5hmf/)(https://s31.postimg.cc/oky36n0jr/Cadet_dog_food3.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/oky36n0jr/)

Here's another one where I cannot locate a 70s-era match for the actual packaging. Just a faded ghost sign and the cat food label with the "chevron" design.


Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on May 21, 2018, 05:08:30 AM
I never recognized the product, but the can top looked so awesome, and I liked the dog, so this was middle of the pack for me (pun intended  :P)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on May 24, 2018, 04:47:01 AM
Another gangster parody! Contrac and Contac...

(https://s31.postimg.cc/tajxomt3r/contrac_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/tajxomt3r/)(https://s31.postimg.cc/5jkk6ky2f/Contac.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/5jkk6ky2f/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: sco(o)t on May 24, 2018, 08:42:48 AM
Another gangster parody! Contrac and Contac...

(https://s31.postimg.cc/tajxomt3r/contrac_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/tajxomt3r/)(https://s31.postimg.cc/5jkk6ky2f/Contac.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/5jkk6ky2f/)

Do you think the 1972 release of THE GODFATHER was an influence in the number of mob/gangster WPs? 
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on May 24, 2018, 03:14:21 PM
Do you think the 1972 release of THE GODFATHER was an influence in the number of mob/gangster WPs?

Not sure about the Godfather connection, but the "cartridges" link certainly works from blades to bullets.  The package replication was great, and I always knew what this Wacky parodied.  No great characters, but still a decent Wacky IMO.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on May 24, 2018, 05:33:20 PM
Do you think the 1972 release of THE GODFATHER was an influence in the number of mob/gangster WPs?
Always wondered why the product background in the parody is completely devoid of color.  Did the real product ever actually look like that?  Not a great marketing strategy if you ask me.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on May 24, 2018, 06:11:15 PM
Always wondered why the product background in the parody is completely devoid of color.  Did the real product ever actually look like that?  Not a great marketing strategy if you ask me.

My recollection is that the actual product had a mostly white package, with a capsule featured fairly prominently on the left side, just like the Wacky
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on May 25, 2018, 04:20:34 PM
Ok, I see your point, the real product package isn't exactly bursting with color either.  But changing the large capsule/bullet from color to b/w gives the parody a more overall b/w feel, to me at least.  I also tend to believe the exact matching real product may be a little different than the one posted, maybe a perfect match with the parody after all.  But I couldn't find anything closer in a Google search.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on May 25, 2018, 04:23:50 PM
Just occurred to me to check Rusty's old site, and there it is.  Capsule in b/w on the real product.

(https://s33.postimg.cc/i788fxjnf/IMG_0050.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/i788fxjnf/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: sco(o)t on May 25, 2018, 04:34:58 PM
I'm confused. Don't you guys see the real packaging photo next to the parody?

I can see both original and WP in your post.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on May 28, 2018, 07:42:50 PM
Big Banana and Bic Banana. Did the artist take creative liberty with this, or was there actually a green box?

(https://s33.postimg.cc/i7459fvij/bigbanana_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/i7459fvij/)(https://s33.postimg.cc/u8zj3n9wr/Bic_Banana1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/u8zj3n9wr/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: bigtomi on May 29, 2018, 05:21:42 PM
Big Banana and Bic Banana. Did the artist take creative liberty with this, or was there actually a green box?
Don't remember if there was a green box, but I suspect that the box color is creative, as I see it matching a ripening banana peel [between green and yellow].
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on May 29, 2018, 05:41:42 PM
Don't remember if there was a green box, but I suspect that the box color is creative, as I see it matching a ripening banana peel [between green and yellow].

That sounds good!  I couldn't find a green package, but I am terrible at finding these kinds of images.

I really like the gag, and remember putting it on a notebook for school.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on May 29, 2018, 06:38:02 PM
Big Banana and Bic Banana. Did the artist take creative liberty with this, or was there actually a green box?

(https://s33.postimg.cc/i7459fvij/bigbanana_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/i7459fvij/)(https://s33.postimg.cc/u8zj3n9wr/Bic_Banana1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/u8zj3n9wr/)
To the question of the green box, I'm thinking maybe another possibility is that the parody was based on a ballpoint pen rather than the felt tip marker real product shown?  Note the banana in the Wacky has what looks like a metallic ballpoint.  So maybe the green box is based on a pen product which was less prevalent than the markers?  Just a wild guess.

Speaking of felt tip markers, does anyone remember the brand name of markers where they came in a box, in a range of colors, and the box had a cartoon drawing of a smiling face where the crescent-shaped open-mouth smile was die-cut to reveal the marker colors inside?  We had those all the time as kids but for the life of me I can't remember the brand.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: bigtomi on May 30, 2018, 03:45:51 PM
Just reposting MoldRush's post so it's easier to read/notice...and I don't recall the marker brand, either:

To the question of the green box, I'm thinking maybe another possibility is that the parody was based on a ballpoint pen rather than the felt tip marker real product shown?  Note the banana in the Wacky has what looks like a metallic ballpoint.  So maybe the green box is based on a pen product which was less prevalent than the markers?  Just a wild guess.

Speaking of felt tip markers, does anyone remember the brand name of markers where they came in a box, in a range of colors, and the box had a cartoon drawing of a smiling face where the crescent-shaped open-mouth smile was die-cut to reveal the marker colors inside?  We had those all the time as kids but for the life of me I can't remember the brand.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on May 30, 2018, 04:16:02 PM
this 'school value' pack is close, at least in overall color and the font on the right side.
the wacky seems to be a combo of this pack and the single pack that has the image of the banana on it, possibly?

(https://s33.postimg.cc/kpx8jax7z/Big_Banana.png)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on May 30, 2018, 06:10:44 PM
this 'school value' pack is close, at least in overall color and the font on the right side.
the wacky seems to be a combo of this pack and the single pack that has the image of the banana on it, possibly?

(https://s33.postimg.cc/kpx8jax7z/Big_Banana.png)

I think we have a match!!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Bigmuc13 on June 01, 2018, 07:34:38 AM
It might be based on the pen and not the felt tip shown.  The price on the felt tip is 29 cents and the price on the Wacky is 19 cents (per pound).  I would imagine the pen would be a little cheaper so maybe there was a single pen that had that background, same as the value pack.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on June 01, 2018, 09:44:04 AM
Emptimo and Optimo cigars. Not sure what the word Absents is replacing in the parody. Anyone?

(https://s33.postimg.cc/8z8a5bz63/emptimo_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/8z8a5bz63/)(https://s33.postimg.cc/9q10amw97/Optimo_Cigars2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/9q10amw97/)(https://s33.postimg.cc/il1ul5dbv/Optimo_Cigars1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/il1ul5dbv/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: drono on June 01, 2018, 01:19:55 PM
Emptimo and Optimo cigars. Not sure what the word Absents is replacing in the parody. Anyone?

It's replacing "Sports" but keeping with the theme of missing cigars.  Missing = Absent
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on June 01, 2018, 08:25:16 PM
Emptimo and Optimo cigars. Not sure what the word Absents is replacing in the parody. Anyone?

It's replacing "Sports" but keeping with the theme of missing cigars.  Missing = Absent

OK. I wasn't sure since Optimo made different types of cigars in this same package design - Sports, Cigarillos, Sweets, among others.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: koduck on June 02, 2018, 06:32:22 AM
Emptimo and Optimo cigars. Not sure what the word Absents is replacing in the parody. Anyone?

(https://s33.postimg.cc/8z8a5bz63/emptimo_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/8z8a5bz63/)(https://s33.postimg.cc/9q10amw97/Optimo_Cigars2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/9q10amw97/)(https://s33.postimg.cc/il1ul5dbv/Optimo_Cigars1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/il1ul5dbv/)

I don't think there's an equivalent flavor. They probably just picked a word that fit best with the parody.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on June 02, 2018, 08:56:19 AM
I don't think there's an equivalent flavor. They probably just picked a word that fit best with the parody.

I think you're right.

I never really liked this one as a kid, but I think it was because I didn't recognize the product at all.  Looking at it now, with the original packaging, it was a well done Wacky with a pretty darn good gag.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on June 03, 2018, 11:18:05 AM
Any real product that already has a character, mascot, etc you can work from is an ideal choice.  Nothing against added characters, but this just flows perfectly.  The kind that make you do a double-take.  Love the way Emptimo/Optimo look side by side.  Great name too.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on June 05, 2018, 04:26:45 AM
Leek Oil Dripper vs. Lee Oil Filter...


(https://s33.postimg.cc/ja2t9b37v/leek_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ja2t9b37v/)(https://s33.postimg.cc/6ion2vtgr/Lee_Oil_Filter1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6ion2vtgr/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on June 05, 2018, 06:56:42 AM
Leek Oil Dripper vs. Lee Oil Filter...


(https://s33.postimg.cc/ja2t9b37v/leek_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ja2t9b37v/)(https://s33.postimg.cc/6ion2vtgr/Lee_Oil_Filter1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6ion2vtgr/)

Not be a bad gag, and the art is OK, with a nice leaky car, but this one never grabbed me.  Maybe because there was no character?  I also didn't recognize the product.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: sco(o)t on June 05, 2018, 01:19:06 PM
Not be a bad gag, and the art is OK, with a nice leaky car, but this one never grabbed me.  Maybe because there was no character?  I also didn't recognize the product.

I always liked this one because my father was one of those guys that changed his oil and filter every 3 months. I bet I handed at least 20 of these Lee oil filters to him over the years. So high recognition in our household. With some WPs, the gag is a stretch but this one is "spot" on. Oil spot that is.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on June 08, 2018, 11:46:41 AM
Another cigar parody....El Polluto and El Producto.


(https://s33.postimg.cc/opuvjiqyj/elpolluto_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/opuvjiqyj/)(https://s33.postimg.cc/ps52234mz/s-l1600.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ps52234mz/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Zenergizer on June 08, 2018, 04:24:32 PM
Continued thank for sharing these.  There are several (including this one) that I never
knew the original product.

Makes one appreciate all the great artwork that went into these!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: DrSushi on June 08, 2018, 05:22:24 PM
Continued thank for sharing these.  There are several (including this one) that I never
knew the original product.

Makes one appreciate all the great artwork that went into these!

I agree, this is one of my favorite threads. Thanks!

I'm sure this has been noted many times before, but I just noticed the extra "T" on the top of the box (POLUTTO) and that the last "O" is offset slightly above the other letters on the front of the box and looks a bit larger or has a different font than the first "O".
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on June 08, 2018, 05:39:00 PM
Continued thank for sharing these.  There are several (including this one) that I never
knew the original product.

Makes one appreciate all the great artwork that went into these!

I second, er, third that notion!  Before this thread started, I relied on the lostwackys website as the best one-stop-shopping resource for real product images alongside their respective parodies.  While there are many accurate matches there, probably 20 to 30% feature either much newer versions of the product, grainy images, or other less-than optimum results on the real product.  The contributors to this thread really try to nail each and every image, which enhances ones appreciation of the art and the overall process of developing a good Wacky.  This to me is really what the hobby is all about - relating fond memories and looking for ways to appreciate and enjoy them even more.  It also brings individual titles which we may have under-appreciated in the past, into a new light.  I'm still blown away by Emptimo/Optimo.  Well done!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on June 08, 2018, 07:37:50 PM
I agree, this is one of my favorite threads. Thanks!

I'm sure this has been noted many times before, but I just noticed the extra "T" on the top of the box (POLUTTO) and that the last "O" is offset slightly above the other letters on the front of the box and looks a bit larger or has a different font than the first "O".

Great observation on the top of the box! Never noticed that error before.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on June 08, 2018, 07:44:12 PM
I'm glad people are enjoying this thread, and it's a personal thrill to contribute to it, hunting down images of matching packaging, or at least as close as possible. I can't take credit for starting this thread, so I thank the person who did. I also give credit to people like Gregg Koenig and Jason Liebig who purchased some of these packages and shot nice photos of them. When I was little, my older brother gave me stacks of his extra Wackies, and I loved going through the aisles of the grocery store finding the real packaging to compare it to the parody. So this brings back fond memories!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: DrSushi on June 08, 2018, 07:50:12 PM
Great observation on the top of the box! Never noticed that error before.

And the side of the box says "5 SOGGY CIGARS" while the bottom front of the box says "5 SMOGGY CIGARS". Obviously, smoggy works better with the pollution theme, but the cigar itself does look a bit soggy.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on June 11, 2018, 05:00:02 AM
Speaking of Soggy....Soggy Babies and Sugar Babies...

(https://s33.postimg.cc/p71q9t257/soggybabies_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/p71q9t257/)(https://s33.postimg.cc/jivfixsnv/Sugar_Babies.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/jivfixsnv/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on June 11, 2018, 05:09:44 AM
Speaking of Soggy....Soggy Babies and Sugar Babies...

(https://s33.postimg.cc/p71q9t257/soggybabies_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/p71q9t257/)(https://s33.postimg.cc/jivfixsnv/Sugar_Babies.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/jivfixsnv/)

I always liked this one, and the funny character livens up an otherwise dull package.  Good tagline taking advantage of the advertising for M&Ms.  I still call these by the Wacky name.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on June 13, 2018, 04:59:45 AM
Oh Hairy! and Oh Henry!...


(https://s33.postimg.cc/qa2k040jf/ohhairy_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/qa2k040jf/)(https://s33.postimg.cc/6s7wk6qqz/Oh_Henry.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6s7wk6qqz/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on June 13, 2018, 05:16:39 AM
Oh Hairy! and Oh Henry!...


(https://s33.postimg.cc/qa2k040jf/ohhairy_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/qa2k040jf/)(https://s33.postimg.cc/6s7wk6qqz/Oh_Henry.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6s7wk6qqz/)

This one is even better than Soggy Babies!  I love the hippy, and he goes so well with the fantastic gag.  Funny taglines, too.  I wouldn't change a thing.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on June 13, 2018, 07:47:12 AM
Speaking of Soggy....Soggy Babies and Sugar Babies...
Another Nabisco.

I liked this one and the following Oh Hairy!, but wish they both had Saunders characters, as I think would improve them both just that little bit more.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Alexeirex on June 13, 2018, 09:51:39 AM
I always liked this one, and the funny character livens up an otherwise dull package.  Good tagline taking advantage of the advertising for M&Ms.  I still call these by the Wacky name.

I do the same thing - sometimes without realizing it!!! Hawaiian Punks, Dampers, etc...
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on June 15, 2018, 11:55:08 AM
Sorry Wrap and Saran Wrap. Anyone have a better image of the real package. The one I found looks a bit older and the title is all capital letters.

Searching for "Saran Wrap" was fun on Flickr. Lots of...um...interesting photos there!

(https://s15.postimg.cc/6cmxyfy5z/sorrywrap_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6cmxyfy5z/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/725qau1af/Saran_Wrap.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/725qau1af/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: sco(o)t on June 15, 2018, 01:36:47 PM
Sorry Wrap and Saran Wrap. Anyone have a better image of the real package. The one I found looks a bit older and the title is all capital letters.

Searching for "Saran Wrap" was fun on Flickr. Lots of...um...interesting photos there!

(https://s15.postimg.cc/6cmxyfy5z/sorrywrap_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6cmxyfy5z/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/725qau1af/Saran_Wrap.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/725qau1af/)

The lettering is closer but color scheme is off. They sure changed this packaging a lot. I saw at least 10 different box designs in three pages of a Google image search.


(https://s33.postimg.cc/ybpgjjraz/saran_wrap.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ybpgjjraz/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on June 15, 2018, 02:28:59 PM
The lettering is closer but color scheme is off. They sure changed this packaging a lot. I saw at least 10 different box designs in three pages of a Google image search.
that's crazy how many different looks that box had.
here's another close one, but the DOW is a blue diamond, not red


(https://s22.postimg.cc/lr90zyu7x/images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/lr90zyu7x/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on June 18, 2018, 04:51:31 AM
Feetena and Wheatena. I always thought this was a parody of Farina since Wheatena wasn't a cereal common in our area.

(https://s15.postimg.cc/7oo5g0tzb/feetena_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/7oo5g0tzb/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/pepu13a53/Wheatena.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/pepu13a53/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on June 18, 2018, 05:05:52 AM
Feetena and Wheatena. I always thought this was a parody of Farina since Wheatena wasn't a cereal common in our area.

(https://s15.postimg.cc/7oo5g0tzb/feetena_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/7oo5g0tzb/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/pepu13a53/Wheatena.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/pepu13a53/)

This one always made me laugh.  Good gag, they matched the packaging, and managed to get a character in, too.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Jean Nutty on June 18, 2018, 07:41:02 AM
Steve's great avatar . . .

   (http://www.wackypackagesforum.com/avpics/avatar_130.gif)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on June 20, 2018, 08:57:36 PM
Murial and Muriel cigars...

(https://s15.postimg.cc/o6eti2tnb/murial_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/o6eti2tnb/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/melunen7r/Muriel_Cigars1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/melunen7r/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: BustedFinger on June 21, 2018, 03:50:18 PM
Murial and Muriel cigars...

(https://s15.postimg.cc/o6eti2tnb/murial_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/o6eti2tnb/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/melunen7r/Muriel_Cigars1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/melunen7r/)
Wasn't there a version of this one where the tag line in the lower right corner read "Now you can have A breath like a man"?

Maybe on the original art?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Fanatical_and_Sickly on June 21, 2018, 04:22:36 PM
Wasn't there a version of this one where the tag line in the lower right corner read "Now you can have A breath like a man"?

Maybe on the original art?
on the original art - which was then used for a new image in the 4th reprint set.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on June 23, 2018, 03:36:27 PM
L'oggs and L'eggs

(https://s15.postimg.cc/768dg686v/loggs_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/768dg686v/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/ad2wzt82f/L_eggs1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ad2wzt82f/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: lucidjc on June 23, 2018, 04:31:47 PM
L'oggs and L'eggs

(https://s15.postimg.cc/768dg686v/loggs_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/768dg686v/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/ad2wzt82f/L_eggs1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ad2wzt82f/)

I remember this being the first reissue I pulled from a pack, still have it.

Jim
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on June 26, 2018, 04:47:07 AM
Boozo and Bozo gum. Not too far off from reality! Lot's of liquor candy out there...

https://www.candywarehouse.com/liquor-candy/

(https://s15.postimg.cc/6r4hwpkcn/boozo_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6r4hwpkcn/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/gppgiolx3/Bozo_gum1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/gppgiolx3/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/beajxz7k7/Bozo_gum2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/beajxz7k7/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on June 26, 2018, 05:02:54 AM
Boozo and Bozo gum. Not too far off from reality! Lot's of liquor candy out there...

https://www.candywarehouse.com/liquor-candy/

(https://s15.postimg.cc/6r4hwpkcn/boozo_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6r4hwpkcn/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/gppgiolx3/Bozo_gum1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/gppgiolx3/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/beajxz7k7/Bozo_gum2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/beajxz7k7/)

I loved this as a kid, maybe helped by the fact that it was the puzzle.  Colorful, funny, nailed the packaging, and they got a drinking character on it.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Zenergizer on June 26, 2018, 08:01:45 AM
Weird, I don't think I ever saw Bozo gum as a kid, and I saw my share of candy!   ;D

Nice to see pics of the real products, always appreciated, and thanks!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on June 26, 2018, 06:31:13 PM
Same here, no recollection of Bozo whatsoever.  And I was a bubblegum hound back then.  The slabs of Bazooka sandwiched between card-sized comics?  Fugghedaboutit.  Probably over a hundred packs consumed.  A very reliable sugar delivery system.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on June 27, 2018, 04:25:53 AM
Boozo and Bozo gum. Not too far off from reality! Lot's of liquor candy out there...

https://www.candywarehouse.com/liquor-candy/

(https://s15.postimg.cc/6r4hwpkcn/boozo_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6r4hwpkcn/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/gppgiolx3/Bozo_gum1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/gppgiolx3/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/beajxz7k7/Bozo_gum2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/beajxz7k7/)

Great title, one of my favorites, and one that I'd have to keep hidden from mom lest she get her hands on it and make it disappear.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on June 30, 2018, 12:45:35 PM
Blank Crows and Black Crows...


(https://s15.postimg.cc/noudegm9z/blankcrows_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/noudegm9z/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/9iemj9dzr/Black_Crows2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/9iemj9dzr/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on June 30, 2018, 01:02:21 PM
Blank Crows and Black Crows...


(https://s15.postimg.cc/noudegm9z/blankcrows_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/noudegm9z/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/9iemj9dzr/Black_Crows2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/9iemj9dzr/)

I don't recall ever seeing this product, and have no idea why the candy was named Crows, but I think this is a very good Wacky.  The birds are so well painted!  Maybe the net weight could have been "feather-brains"?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on June 30, 2018, 04:00:36 PM
Always reminded me of the talking magpies, Heckle and Jeckle or the crows from Disney's "Song of the South.

Here is an article about Mason Black Crows.

https://candyprofessor.com/2010/04/28/black-crows-and-roses/

Crows, black licorice flavored gum drops, are also considered to be part of the Dots family, yet only the black licorice candies were called "crows."  Why?  I could be far off base, but I'm wondering if there might be a connection between "Black Crows" and "Jim Crow?"

From Wikipedia:

The Jim Crow persona was a theater character by Thomas D. Rice and an ethnic depiction in accordance with contemporary Caucasian ideas of African-Americans and their culture. The character was based on a folk trickster named Jim Crow that was long popular among black slaves. Rice also adapted and popularized a traditional slave song called "Jump Jim Crow" (1828).

The character dressed in rags, battered hat and torn shoes. Rice blackened his face and hands using burnt cork and impersonated a very nimble and irreverently witty African American field hand.

Rice's performance as "Jim Crow" helped to popularize American minstrelsy where many performers imitated Rice's use of blackface that toured around the United States. Those performers continued to spread the racist overtones and ideas perpetuated by the character to populations across the United States.


Back in the day, many companies jumped on the same "racist" (if you will) bandwagon, such as the Pearl Milling Company with their minstrel character "Aunt Jemima" - which Quaker Oats continued to use:

(https://s15.postimg.cc/dy68g6kmv/c_fit_fl_progressive_q_80_w_470.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/dy68g6kmv/)

And let's not forget Heide Chocolate Babies:

(https://s15.postimg.cc/9dk20qdmv/4026373668_ddb8d3c78d_b.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/9dk20qdmv/)
(Courtesy of Jason Liebig)

And in case there is any confusion, let's dig a little further back in history:

(https://s15.postimg.cc/6w8atkgwn/1906-heide-candy-box-black-kids-gum_1_1633823e07e1d1fac288b9c476.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6w8atkgwn/)

And for those still harboring the slightest shred of doubt:

(https://s15.postimg.cc/ckelko3bb/1_4f31cb2363f4360ef662cd0b81e1b74e-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ckelko3bb/)

Perhaps Jason could shed some light on Mason Black Crows?
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on June 30, 2018, 04:51:13 PM
I remember liking Chocolate Babies.  I had no idea they were racist; to me, they were just chocolate flavored candy, and chocolate is usually brown.  Don't think I even knew about anything besides milk chocolate then.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on June 30, 2018, 06:21:56 PM
I remember liking Chocolate Babies.  I had no idea they were racist; to me, they were just chocolate flavored candy, and chocolate is usually brown.  Don't think I even knew about anything besides milk chocolate then.

Yeah, I loved Chocolate Babies, too.  In fact, they were delicious, and I wish I had a box now.  Nor do I remember thinking of them in racist terms.  My friends and I in our white, middle-class suburb, however, would joke and say that we were biting the heads off of little black (negro) babies, but we never stopped to think or consider that we were being racist at the time.  That was a completely different era from now.  When you're living and swept up in the moment, the moment never seems as bad.  It's simply part of you.  I was raised in a time when DDT was good, 9 out of 10 doctors recommended Lucky Strikes, children piled in the open beds of pickup trucks, and my brother and I giggled at "Ah-So" written on "Rotsa Root."  My friends and I rode our bikes in the clouds of "fog" billowing out the rear of the "mosquito truck," and everybody had mercury thermometers.  The mercury was fun to play with, too, and my mom put it on my open cuts (in the form of mercurochrome.)  Today, there are those who would say that the "Frito Bandito" is inappropriate.  Again, at the time, though, I didn't see anything wrong with the character.  As I also changed with the times, however, I can understand why the Frito Bandito is no longer around today, as well as why Chocolate Babies are no longer called "Chocolate Coons."

Going back to the "Black Crows," though, my guess would be that there is something politically incorrect about the origin of the name.  I believe the name was registered in 1899 - a time that most people were not being politically correct or, for that matter, even heard of the phrase.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on June 30, 2018, 10:30:10 PM
Weren't Chocolate Babies just about the exact same thing as Tootsie Rolls?  That's how I remember them tasting anyway...

I'm sure the perceived racist connotation is what keeps these from re-appearing on the shelves of store candy sections.  I read somewhere that they did actually make a comeback, but only sold loose by the pound.  I guess this was to avoid having to name them or come up with a PC-acceptable packaging design.

Back to Black Crows.  I don't remember them from the 70s either, although they are produced today.  Box graphics are different of course, and not all stores carry them.  Like black jelly beans, you either love 'em or hate 'em, so maybe they don't sell as briskly as Dots or other movie box choices.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on July 01, 2018, 11:16:41 AM
Maybe Mason Candy Co. realized it was a racial term in the 70s, and therefore changed the name. The 70s era match I posted earlier and the evolution of packaging here show Black Crows was changed to Licorice Crows, although the WP parody kept "black" in the title.

(https://s15.postimg.cc/e2sj9er2v/image.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/e2sj9er2v/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/lvj71e4rr/image.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/lvj71e4rr/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/7p3g661mf/image.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/7p3g661mf/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: mikecho on July 03, 2018, 10:31:02 AM
Always reminded me of the talking magpies, Heckle and Jeckle or the crows from Disney's "Song of the South.

Here is an article about Mason Black Crows.

https://candyprofessor.com/2010/04/28/black-crows-and-roses/

Crows, black licorice flavored gum drops, are also considered to be part of the Dots family, yet only the black licorice candies were called "crows."  Why?  I could be far off base, but I'm wondering if there might be a connection between "Black Crows" and "Jim Crow?"

From Wikipedia:

The Jim Crow persona was a theater character by Thomas D. Rice and an ethnic depiction in accordance with contemporary Caucasian ideas of African-Americans and their culture. The character was based on a folk trickster named Jim Crow that was long popular among black slaves. Rice also adapted and popularized a traditional slave song called "Jump Jim Crow" (1828).

The character dressed in rags, battered hat and torn shoes. Rice blackened his face and hands using burnt cork and impersonated a very nimble and irreverently witty African American field hand.

Rice's performance as "Jim Crow" helped to popularize American minstrelsy where many performers imitated Rice's use of blackface that toured around the United States. Those performers continued to spread the racist overtones and ideas perpetuated by the character to populations across the United States.


Back in the day, many companies jumped on the same "racist" (if you will) bandwagon, such as the Pearl Milling Company with their minstrel character "Aunt Jemima" - which Quaker Oats continued to use:

(https://s15.postimg.cc/dy68g6kmv/c_fit_fl_progressive_q_80_w_470.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/dy68g6kmv/)

And let's not forget Heide Chocolate Babies:

(https://s15.postimg.cc/9dk20qdmv/4026373668_ddb8d3c78d_b.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/9dk20qdmv/)
(Courtesy of Jason Liebig)

And in case there is any confusion, let's dig a little further back in history:

(https://s15.postimg.cc/6w8atkgwn/1906-heide-candy-box-black-kids-gum_1_1633823e07e1d1fac288b9c476.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6w8atkgwn/)

And for those still harboring the slightest shred of doubt:

(https://s15.postimg.cc/ckelko3bb/1_4f31cb2363f4360ef662cd0b81e1b74e-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ckelko3bb/)

Perhaps Jason could shed some light on Mason Black Crows?
BB, the Disney crows were from Dumbo, not Song of the South. Just thought you'd like to know.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on July 04, 2018, 08:33:47 AM
BB, the Disney crows were from Dumbo, not Song of the South. Just thought you'd like to know.

I do like to know.  You're right.  Mistake noted.

However, in researching what you stated, I stumbled across the following which I never knew before:

"Jim Crow, Fats, Deacon, Dopey, and Specks are a flock of five crows from Disney's 1941 film, Dumbo. Timothy and Dumbo are initially mocked by the crows upon meeting them. After hearing Dumbo's sad story, however, the crows do everything they can to help him. They act as surrogate father figures to Dumbo, and are also notable for teaching Dumbo how to fly.

Jim Crow acts as the unofficial leader of the flock, and carries himself with a slick, self-assured and stylish flair."


"Jim Crow?"  Really?  In this age of political correctness, I'm surprised "Dumbo" isn't sealed in a vault along with "Song of the South" - especially when it comes to Disney and the image they ever so carefully cultivate and protect.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: mikecho on July 04, 2018, 12:41:54 PM
I do like to know.  You're right.  Mistake noted.

However, in researching what you stated, I stumbled across the following which I never knew before:

"Jim Crow, Fats, Deacon, Dopey, and Specks are a flock of five crows from Disney's 1941 film, Dumbo. Timothy and Dumbo are initially mocked by the crows upon meeting them. After hearing Dumbo's sad story, however, the crows do everything they can to help him. They act as surrogate father figures to Dumbo, and are also notable for teaching Dumbo how to fly.

Jim Crow acts as the unofficial leader of the flock, and carries himself with a slick, self-assured and stylish flair."


"Jim Crow?"  Really?  In this age of political correctness, I'm surprised "Dumbo" isn't sealed in a vault along with "Song of the South" - especially when it comes to Disney and the image they ever so carefully cultivate and protect.
Yes-especially since traditional circuses are no longer considered to be as popular as they once were.

Did you know that Disney was going to make a direct-to-video sequel to this film called Dumbo II, but it was never made? I've always wondered if the reason that I just mentioned was one of the reasons why.

I only know one thing about it-the baby ostrich born in the first film was going to be in a subplot, in which she would wonder that Dumbo's an elephant and he can fly, while she's a bird and she can't fly. This fact is found on the 60th Anniversary VHS release of Dumbo, which announces the film.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on July 05, 2018, 05:28:27 AM
Yes-especially since traditional circuses are no longer considered to be as popular as they once were.

Did you know that Disney was going to make a direct-to-video sequel to this film called Dumbo II, but it was never made? I've always wondered if the reason that I just mentioned was one of the reasons why.

I only know one thing about it-the baby ostrich born in the first film was going to be in a subplot, in which she would wonder that Dumbo's an elephant and he can fly, while she's a bird and she can't fly. This fact is found on the 60th Anniversary release of Dumbo, which announces the film.

Interesting theory.  You have a good point about traditional circuses (and sentient creatures being forced to perform.)  I wonder if that was the reason why Disney backpedaled on Dumbo II?  Personally, I think the ostrich plot would have worked out well.

Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on July 05, 2018, 05:31:33 AM
Grime (both variants) and Prime...

(https://s15.postimg.cc/pwh18pptj/grime-dusty_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/pwh18pptj/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/p6y8wd4pj/grime-heavy_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/p6y8wd4pj/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/7tnyhi1on/s-l1600.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/7tnyhi1on/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/64ev9flzb/Prime1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/64ev9flzb/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on July 05, 2018, 05:45:41 AM
Grime (both variants) and Prime...

(https://s15.postimg.cc/pwh18pptj/grime-dusty_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/pwh18pptj/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/p6y8wd4pj/grime-heavy_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/p6y8wd4pj/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/7tnyhi1on/s-l1600.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/7tnyhi1on/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/64ev9flzb/Prime1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/64ev9flzb/)


I always liked this one, and even though we didn't have a dog, I recognized the packaging right away.  Great gag, well painted dog, and the "dirty dog" tagline always made me smile. I didn't see the Heavy version until I was an adult.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: lucidjc on July 05, 2018, 10:55:10 AM
Grime (both variants) and Prime...

(https://s15.postimg.cc/pwh18pptj/grime-dusty_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/pwh18pptj/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/p6y8wd4pj/grime-heavy_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/p6y8wd4pj/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/7tnyhi1on/s-l1600.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/7tnyhi1on/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/64ev9flzb/Prime1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/64ev9flzb/)

Why did they change this one?

Jim
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Paul_Maul on July 05, 2018, 01:01:38 PM
Why did they change this one?

Jim

The “Dusty Greasy” description was deemed too insulting to the product, and so was replaced by the less inflammatory “heavy.”
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on July 05, 2018, 01:14:45 PM
The “Dusty Greasy” description was deemed too insulting to the product, and so was replaced by the less inflammatory “heavy.”

Kind of takes away from the gag   :-\

All of my packs must have been from the initial production, as I never saw Heavy, but had enough Big Mucs to stick extras.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: mikecho on July 05, 2018, 02:43:17 PM
Interesting theory.  You have a good point about traditional circuses (and sentient creatures being forced to perform.)  I wonder if that was the reason why Disney backpedaled on Dumbo II?  Personally, I think the ostrich plot would have worked out well.
Thanks. I've heard a lot about this in the news. Of course, traditional circuses were pretty much at the peak of their popularity back in the day when the average person didn't know that much about animals such as elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, lions, tigers, bears, etc.. The same could be said for old-fashioned zoos. For example, the Philadelphia Zoo is ten times better now than it was when I was a kid. And I can remember when Zoo Atlanta was considered one of the 10 worst zoos in the country-but now it's one of the best!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on July 05, 2018, 07:04:38 PM
Thanks. I've heard a lot about this in the news. Of course, traditional circuses were pretty much at the peak of their popularity back in the day when the average person didn't know that much about animals such as elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, lions, tigers, bears, etc.. The same could be said for old-fashioned zoos. For example, the Philadelphia Zoo is ten times better now than it was when I was a kid. And I can remember when Zoo Atlanta was considered one of the 10 worst zoos in the country-but now it's one of the best!

Dude, I didn't know you were a Philly boy!  I used to love going to the Philadelphia Zoo when I was a child.  In fact, it was an annual tradition for my family, not to mention school trips, etc..  Have lots of fond memories, though I haven't been there in at least 10 years now - probably more.  Heard the elephants are gone, and the lions now have an overhead "Habitrail," so to speak.  I'll have to get over there later this summer.  Hope a lot of the older buildings are still there.  Love the architecture.  Half the enjoyment was the animals; The other half was the park-like setting.

I don't know if this happens to people in every generation at some point, but I now have all these mixed feelings as to the past vs the present.  I have nostalgic memories of so many different things, yet many of them are in seeming opposition as to how I feel today, such as with zoos and circuses, for example.  At one time, my ex and I kept a menagerie of pet rodents: mice, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, you name it.  I love rats.  You have to have one to appreciate it, but they are definitely one of the most coolest animals I've ever encountered.  I'd love to own a couple now, but I refuse to keep anything in a cage or aquarium any more (unless it's hurt, and then, only on a temporary basis.)  I also love the Uncle Remus stories.  The complete edition may not be my all-time favorite book, yet its definitely in my top twenty and features wonderful stories with some of the richest dialect the English speaking world has ever set to paper.  And yet, at the same time, I can understand why some might find exception with the dialect and/or narrative setting, and if I'm reading this book in public, such as on a plane, I feel like some sort of criminal.  Hell, I even have nostalgic memories of Gaines Burgers (being I once feed my dog such,) yet if they were around today, I'd balk at the idea of feeding such crap to any animal.  I could go on an on with similar examples.  Who knows?  Maybe I'm becoming more enlightened?  Or maybe I'm just becoming more and more of a basket case?  Time will tell.

- - - - - - - - - - -

Moving on to those things "Wacky."  "Dusty greasy" chunks is humorous, but I prefer "heavy" chunks.  I think it works better with the dog being bonked over and over again on the head.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on July 08, 2018, 09:10:11 AM
Flopp and Fluff...

(https://s15.postimg.cc/t9wmhcpjb/flopp_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/t9wmhcpjb/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/q4c0r31rb/Fluff_copy.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/q4c0r31rb/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on July 08, 2018, 10:28:24 AM
Always appreciated how Norm would go the extra mile to include the knurling (?) that is, the pattern of little raised bumps, on his jars such as he did here and with "Nutt's."

(https://s15.postimg.cc/d2uxfe2vb/nutts_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/d2uxfe2vb/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: mikecho on July 08, 2018, 10:37:44 AM
Dude, I didn't know you were a Philly boy!  I used to love going to the Philadelphia Zoo when I was a child.  In fact, it was an annual tradition for my family, not to mention school trips, etc..  Have lots of fond memories, though I haven't been there in at least 10 years now - probably more.  Heard the elephants are gone, and the lions now have an overhead "Habitrail," so to speak.  I'll have to get over there later this summer.  Hope a lot of the older buildings are still there.  Love the architecture.  Half the enjoyment was the animals; The other half was the park-like setting.

I don't know if this happens to people in every generation at some point, but I now have all these mixed feelings as to the past vs the present.  I have nostalgic memories of so many different things, yet many of them are in seeming opposition as to how I feel today, such as with zoos and circuses, for example.  At one time, my ex and I kept a menagerie of pet rodents: mice, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, you name it.  I love rats.  You have to have one to appreciate it, but they are definitely one of the most coolest animals I've ever encountered.  I'd love to own a couple now, but I refuse to keep anything in a cage or aquarium any more (unless it's hurt, and then, only on a temporary basis.)  I also love the Uncle Remus stories.  The complete edition may not be my all-time favorite book, yet its definitely in my top twenty and features wonderful stories with some of the richest dialect the English speaking world has ever set to paper.  And yet, at the same time, I can understand why some might find exception with the dialect and/or narrative setting, and if I'm reading this book in public, such as on a plane, I feel like some sort of criminal.  Hell, I even have nostalgic memories of Gaines Burgers (being I once feed my dog such,) yet if they were around today, I'd balk at the idea of feeding such crap to any animal.  I could go on an on with similar examples.  Who knows?  Maybe I'm becoming more enlightened?  Or maybe I'm just becoming more and more of a basket case?  Time will tell.

- - - - - - - - - - -

Moving on to those things "Wacky."  "Dusty greasy" chunks is humorous, but I prefer "heavy" chunks.  I think it works better with the dog being bonked over and over again on the head.
I know what you mean about Uncle Remus. Song of the South is still on of my mom's favorite movies (she said once that she thought that it was a happy film and loved the actor who played Uncle Remus and his singing voice) and I still remember it being shown in re-releases in the theater at the Plymouth Meeting Mall and Mom taking my brother and I to see it every time it came out.  Ah, those were the days, indeed!

Now, here's the strange part. Gone with the Wind is just as politically incorrect as Song of the South is, and yet the first film has been on home video in every way, shape and form, while the second film has been outright banned and banished from home video. What is wrong with this picture here?

Here's a hardcover book that you might like: Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales (with a new introduction) as told by Julius Lester/illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. This book's just about the closest thing to having the stories in this day and age and it is good reading. You will not find a dull page in it, believe me.

Speaking of rats, did you know that Willard (1971) and Ben (1972) are both available from Shout! Factory in Blu-ray/DVD combos? That's something that you'd probably like to get if you like rats. Willard was also one of Elsa Lanchester's last films before she died (and one of Sondra Locke's first films) and, of course, Ben has that hit theme song done by Michael Jackson back when he was young (and normal).

And here's an interesting story! In 1990, my family and I took a vacation to England and Ireland. One of the places that we visited the London Zoo. Believe it or not, one of the exhibits had brown rats (Rattus norvegicus) and black rats (Rattus rattus)-the same "pest rats" that everyone hates-in two separate enclosures. While my mom and I were looking at the one on the right side of the exhibit, a zookeeper came into the enclosure with a big plate of food, put it down and left, locking the door behind her. The minute she did, those rats were all over the food like vultures at a carcass! It was really something and maybe a possible addition to your bucket list (Mom wasn't too impressed, of course, but I sure was!). All they needed to do was to have a house mouse (Mus musculus) enclosure there and all three of the major "pest rodents" would've been represented!
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on July 08, 2018, 10:46:04 AM
Flopp and Fluff...

(https://s15.postimg.cc/t9wmhcpjb/flopp_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/t9wmhcpjb/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/q4c0r31rb/Fluff_copy.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/q4c0r31rb/)

Another gag that got me as a kid, and where the Wacky name replaced the real one for me.  Great job on the jar and the typeface, and the addition of the mother and kid puts it over the top.  I remember putting a Flopp Wacky on a jar in our pantry and waiting eagerly for my mother to find it.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on July 08, 2018, 11:21:38 AM
Always appreciated how Norm would go the extra mile to include the knurling (?) that is, the pattern of little raised bumps, on his jars such as he did here and with "Nutt's."

(https://s15.postimg.cc/d2uxfe2vb/nutts_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/d2uxfe2vb/)
What's especially awesome about the Fluff parody is that the second rendering, "Flunk" from the 14th, is every bit as good.  Hard to pick a clear winner between the two.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on July 08, 2018, 05:24:21 PM
What's especially awesome about the Fluff parody is that the second rendering, "Flunk" from the 14th, is every bit as good.  Hard to pick a clear winner between the two.

Let's place them side-by-side:

(https://s15.postimg.cc/anl4v2cif/flunk_small_smaller_images.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/anl4v2cif/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/c2mpjvt1z/wb3_flopp_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/c2mpjvt1z/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: MoldRush on July 08, 2018, 07:44:24 PM
If you like the nuanced painting of the glass jar most, as mentioned previously about Nutt's Applesauce,, then Flunk comes out ahead.  However, I feel that Flopp more closely captures the look of the real product.  The stark, snow-whiteness of the marshmallow contents shines through better.  Tough call.  Both excellent though.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Swiski on July 11, 2018, 04:38:22 AM
Sunstroke Creature Crackers and Sunshine Animal Crackers...

(https://s15.postimg.cc/q5azb9fwn/sunstroke_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/q5azb9fwn/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/ur73jrtrr/Sunshine_Animal_Crackers.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ur73jrtrr/)
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on July 11, 2018, 05:52:19 AM
Sunstroke Creature Crackers and Sunshine Animal Crackers...

(https://s15.postimg.cc/q5azb9fwn/sunstroke_small.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/q5azb9fwn/)(https://s15.postimg.cc/ur73jrtrr/Sunshine_Animal_Crackers.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ur73jrtrr/)

I love the Creature Crackers gag, and too much sunshine will give you sun stroke, so the brand name is good, too.  The Wacky does a great job on the packaging, and I love the monster crackers, especially the vampire bat.  The tagline is great!  Don't think I'd change a thing.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on July 11, 2018, 06:02:25 AM
Great title!  Another one of my favorites!

As a boy at the time, I also collected "monster" cards that featured black and white scenes of Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Wolfman, Godzilla, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, King Kong, etc., as well as scenes from sci-fi B movies.  (Can't recall what the name of the set was, though.  Perhaps there were even multiple sets?)  In any event, it was nice to see some of these creatures parodied and assembled together in one place.  In a way, it was kind of like seeing old friends once again, a reunion.

In retrospect, this title seems dated, however, because of these very creatures which came to represent monster cinema up until that point.  At the time, though, they were the A list monsters, the icons, the top dogs.  Freddy, Jason, Chucky, Ghostface, etc. were all to come later.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: mikecho on July 11, 2018, 06:25:16 AM
Great title!  Another one of my favorites!

As a boy at the time, I also collected "monster" cards that featured black and white scenes of Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Wolfman, Godzilla, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, King Kong, etc., as well as scenes from sci-fi B movies.  (Can't recall what the name of the set was, though.  Perhaps there were even multiple sets?)  In any event, it was nice to see some of these creatures parodied and assembled together in one place.  In a way, it was kind of like seeing old friends once again, a reunion.

In retrospect, this title seems dated, however, because of these very creatures which came to represent monster cinema up until that point.  At the time, though, they were the A list monsters, the icons, the top dogs.  Freddy, Jason, Chucky, Ghostface, etc. were all to come later.
BB, the name of the series (which was also from Topps) was You'll Die Laughing (although the wrapper said Creature Features). There were two series that made up one whole set. Most of the pictures came from Universal and American International Pictures films. I used to collect them, too, though I never finished the series (and I lost all the cards years ago).

By the way, what did you think about my July 5th post above about the London Zoo's rats (and a few other things)? I'd have thought you'd have responded to it long before now.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: RawGoo on July 11, 2018, 07:52:02 AM

In retrospect, this title seems dated, however, because of these very creatures which came to represent monster cinema up until that point.  At the time, though, they were the A list monsters, the icons, the top dogs.  Freddy, Jason, Chucky, Ghostface, etc. were all to come later.

To me, those are evil people, not creatures.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Zenergizer on July 11, 2018, 08:31:35 AM
great title, and yet another product I never recall seeing in the "real world."

Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: sco(o)t on July 11, 2018, 11:37:07 AM
I give this one two pigeons.   :great:   :great:   We did have Sunshine products in our area but they were always considered the second option if the store was out of the more well known brand.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on July 11, 2018, 02:36:26 PM
To me, those are evil people, not creatures.

Yeah, I can see your point.  Still, though, the creatures seem dated.

As far as creatures go, there hasn't been that many of late that would make the top tier of the creature pantheon.  I would definitely say the Alien, yet I really can't think of anything else.  Possibly Pinhead from the Hellraiser franchise, but he is more of an evil person.  J. J. Abrams' Cloverfield monster was conceived to be iconic, yet it seems that Abrams has had his head up his ass insofar as the rest of the franchise is concerned, and I suspect the original monster will never pan out to anything and remain just a one hit wonder.  Come to think of it, we could use a new evil creature and a new evil person.  Hollywood hasn't had either for the longest time.
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: Baked Bears on July 11, 2018, 03:38:03 PM
BB, the name of the series (which was also from Topps) was You'll Die Laughing (although the wrapper said Creature Features). There were two series that made up one whole set. Most of the pictures came from Universal and American International Pictures films. I used to collect them, too, though I never finished the series (and I lost all the cards years ago).

By the way, what did you think about my July 5th post above about the London Zoo's rats (and a few other things)? I'd have thought you'd have responded to it long before now.

Thanks, Mikecho.  I saved a book from my youth, "Great Monsters of the Movies," in which I had taped some of these creature cards to the inside covers and pages with partial text (to supplement the original book.  Pretty clever or what?  Now the cards are worthless.)  Well, I just dusted it off, peeled off one of the cards, and, lo and behold, you are right!  The series is, indeed, called "You'll Die Laughing."

Here is an image of card #126, the one I peeled off.  Gotta love it!

(https://s15.postimg.cc/6laowyq2v/s-l1600-5.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6laowyq2v/)

As far as your other post, I'm glad you mentioned it, because I hadn't seen it.  Must have gotten buried beneath a few subsequent posts.

I'm pretty sure that I have the Uncle Remus edition you mentioned (only I can't immediately put my finger on it, and it's driving me crazy!)  And you're absolutely right, there is not a dull page to be found.  Even more, I love to read these stories aloud.  It's kind of like cracking a code.  Once you've mastered it, the words just flow like smooth water.

When I mentioned rats, I appreciate and admire them in many ways, but there's nothing quite like having them as pets.  In this regard, I absolutely love them.  Most people would get all squeamish at the mere mention of the horrific idea of keeping pet rats and think you are disturbed, but if I talk to anyone who has had pet rats, we usually find ourselves in agreement, that being of all the small animals, rats are the most unique and intelligent.  They're amazing, they truly are.  If I wasn't so adverse to caging animals up now, I would probably still have pet rats.  Perhaps someday (when I retire and have some open space in Illinois,) I'll build a large enclosure with a zillion nooks and crannies and have a colony of a two dozen or so rats.  Then it would be kind of like what you saw at the zoo.  It would be cool.

When you have a minute, check out this temple in Jaipur, India:

https://youtu.be/X2g7myxm5aQ
Title: Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
Post by: mikecho on July 11, 2018, 04:12:12 PM
Thanks, Mikecho.  I saved a book from my youth, "Great Monsters of the Movies," in which I had taped some of these creature cards to the inside covers and pages with partial text (to supplement the original book.  Pretty clever or what?  Now the cards are worthless.)  Well, I just dusted it off, peeled off one of the cards, and, lo and behold, you are right!  The series is, indeed, called "You'll Die Laughing."

Here is an image of card #126, the one I peeled off.  Gotta love it!

(https://s15.postimg.cc/6laowyq2v/s-l1600-5.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6laowyq2v/)

As far as your other post, I'm glad you mentioned it, because I hadn't seen it.  Must have gotten buried beneath a few subsequent posts.

I'm pretty sure that I have the Uncle Remus edition you mentioned (only I can't immediately put my finger on it, and it's driving me crazy!)  And you're absolutely right, there is not a du