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Offline Smokin Joe

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #945 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.
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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #946 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.

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #947 on: August 01, 2017, 05:46:32 AM »
Series 6 #5:

Fruit of the Tomb vs. Fruit of the Loom





...and how about this?



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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #948 on: August 02, 2017, 05:22:30 AM »
Truant and True cigarettes...



Offline NationalSpittoon

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #949 on: August 03, 2017, 04:38:51 AM »
Truant and True cigarettes...



6th series ain't getting too much attention. Truant is a great card though, the color contrast is very attractive if it's glossy.

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #950 on: August 03, 2017, 04:50:57 AM »
Truant and True cigarettes...



I think this is a great gag, with funny taglines and a good character.

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #951 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.
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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #952 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"!

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #953 on: August 03, 2017, 03:01:41 PM »
I vote we rename the Truant kid "Smokin' Joe"!

I second that!

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #954 on: August 03, 2017, 04:05:48 PM »
I second that!

That's cool....though he has kind of already been named Tommy Truant :)

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #955 on: August 06, 2017, 08:13:24 PM »
Play-Dumb and Play-Doh...



« Last Edit: August 06, 2017, 08:16:28 PM by Swiski »

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #956 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?

Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #957 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.

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #958 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.
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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #959 on: August 08, 2017, 09:13:34 PM »
Lets get it over with...Blisterine and Listerine...



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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #960 on: August 08, 2017, 10:42:29 PM »

     

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!


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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #961 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.

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #962 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.



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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #963 on: August 10, 2017, 02:58:39 AM »
One of the greatest Wacky's of all time in my opinion. It's just great!

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #964 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.



This is a fantastic Wacky!  Good gag, fantastic package art.  Another product I still think of by the Wacky title.

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #965 on: August 10, 2017, 08:57:57 PM »
Airraid and Arrid...



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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #966 on: August 25, 2017, 08:58:42 AM »
Man...I really fell behind! Here is Peter Pain vs Peter Pan...




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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #967 on: August 25, 2017, 09:37:12 AM »
Man...I really fell behind! Here is Peter Pain vs Peter Pan...




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.

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #968 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?

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« Reply #969 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.

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #970 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!

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #971 on: August 30, 2017, 05:29:21 AM »
No love for lightbulbs? How about some noodles?

Goonman's vs Goodman's



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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #972 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!


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.
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Offline Swiski

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #973 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

Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #974 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.

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« Reply #975 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.

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« Reply #976 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.

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #977 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.


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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #978 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.

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #979 on: September 10, 2017, 07:02:38 AM »
Time for a new one...Monotony and Monopoly



 

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