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Offline Truant

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First Product Parodies
« on: July 17, 2018, 06:05:34 AM »
Although we all know Wacky Packs to be the original big source of product parodies, I realized the other day where I actually saw some, which pre-dated Wacky Packs by 20+ years. It was in the original Bugs Bunny cartoons. Specifically, my favorite one, Baseball Bugs from 1946.



As seen in the backdrop, product spoofs are shown clearly all around the field. Including the iconic scene of the fielder getting his cigar pushed into his mouth by the ball with the words on the billboard saying "does your tobacco taste different lately?". This was the true introduction to product parody on a big scale and probably had a significant influence on why many of us were drawn to wacky packages. BB cartoons were very ar with kids in the early 1970's (in my neck of the woods anyway).
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Re: First Product Parodies
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2018, 06:22:09 AM »
...and don't forget Mad magazine with it's fantastic product/ad parodies from the 50's and 60's! According to Jay, these had a huge influence on Topps producing Wacky Packages.


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Re: First Product Parodies
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2018, 08:31:20 AM »



   Thimk Magazine December 1958.

Offline Swiski

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Re: First Product Parodies
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2018, 09:38:43 AM »
Cool thread! Here's a link to an article showing a bunch of those Mad magazine ads...

https://www.vintag.es/2012/11/vintage-ads-from-mad-magazine.html

Offline Jean Nutty

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Re: First Product Parodies
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2018, 11:02:02 AM »

As seen in the backdrop, product spoofs are shown clearly all around the field. Including the iconic scene of the fielder getting his cigar pushed into his mouth by the ball with the words on the billboard saying "does your tobacco taste different lately?"

Interesting.

Found a bigger image. I assume Camuels is a spoof of Camel cigarettes?


Offline Truant

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Re: First Product Parodies
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2018, 11:03:06 AM »
Also, at the end of the cartoon, BB climbs the "Umpire State" (Parody of the Empire State Building) to catch the ball and win the game against the "Gas House Gorillas".
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Re: First Product Parodies
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2018, 12:42:57 PM »
Cool thread! Here's a link to an article showing a bunch of those Mad magazine ads...

https://www.vintag.es/2012/11/vintage-ads-from-mad-magazine.html

Here is a link to the Wikipedia page for a magazine named BALLYHOO published in the 1930's that just shows one thing builds on top of another over time and progresses. This had to be an influence on those that went on to make MAD, CRACKED, NAT. LAMPOON, etc. They also produced a board/card game in the early '30s that featured some of their parody titles. Below are a few pics of the cards. I have a set of these and posted better pictures in an old thread here on the forum, but the pics are no longer showing:  http://www.wackypackagesforum.com/index.php?topic=983.0



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballyhoo_(magazine)






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Offline Baked Bears

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Re: First Product Parodies
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2018, 05:32:32 AM »
Wow, these are pretty cool!  Notice how "Blobasol" shaving cream was packaged in what looks like to be a toothpaste tube of some sort.

Offline Truant

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Re: First Product Parodies
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2018, 10:52:46 AM »
Just imagine what the Original Art to some of those 1930's parodies would be worth today...
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Re: First Product Parodies
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2018, 06:48:43 PM »
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Offline Truant

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Re: First Product Parodies
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2018, 12:54:09 PM »
Back then BB had a Brooklyn accent... lol
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