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Here are some stories behind a few titles, and some random trivia about a few others. More will be added over time.
 
Note: In each fact you can click on thumbnails for larger images.

 
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From:char_boy
To:ALL  
Posted: Monday 10:33 am, November 8, 2004
message 49
Fact 21: Totarillo Cigars



On this wacky Norm seems to have been highly influenced by the baby from Saturday Evening Post covers (see picture below).

Jay says: "Norm really wanted to do a Saturday Evening Post cover. He did a few on speculation....one is something about firemen. I've seen it...I don't know where. The original still exists somewhere. None of his Post paintings were ever used. But to Saunders, a Post cover was the epitome of success for a commercial artist."




 

 
From:char_boy
To:ALL  
Posted: Tuesday 9:12 am, November 9, 2004
message 50
Fact 22: Krazy Crackers



Why does it say "Sanitarium" on the sticker, but "Sunshine" on the tattoo?



 

 
From:Crakola_Crayons
To:char_boy  
Posted: Tuesday 12:10 pm, November 9, 2004
message 51
Less red tattoo ink by writing Sunshine (eight letters) instead of Sanitarium (ten)?

Or maybe they were concerned that kids with the word "sanitarium" on their body might just get picked up by the men with the white coats and hauled off to the funny farm?

(I'm just having fun here...)

 

 
From:fanatical_and_sickly
To:char_boy  
Posted: Tuesday 7:43 pm, November 9, 2004
message 52
I would guess that sanitarium wouldn't fit in the available white space given the font size, so they picked something shorter.
Why they would use the actual manufacturers name is just bizarre.

 

 
From:BustedFinger
To:fanatical_and_sickly  
Posted: Tuesday 7:46 pm, November 9, 2004
message 53
They should have used "Insane".

 

 
From:Hipton
To:BustedFinger  
Posted: Wednesday 2:11 am, November 10, 2004
message 54
They could have used "Senile," shorter yet and keeping with the "s" theme.  Oops, probably too offensive.  Might have been ok to call someone an idiot or a moron but not senile.

 

 
From:char_boy
To:ALL  
Posted: Wednesday 12:36 pm, November 10, 2004
message 55
Fact 23: Ivery Snow



The model on the original Ivory Snow box is none other than Maralyn Chambers, famous porn actress. This no doubt is what motivated Norm Saunders to paint this one (warning: image has been censored, however it is still adult material, follow link at your own risk), which he gave to Len Brown back in the 70's as a gift. Yep, a genuine, vintage, Norm Saunders X-rated Wacky Pack, who would have thought such a thing existed? This is a "lost" wacky, or more like an underground wacky, that has barely seen the light of day until now. We asked Zina, Norm's daughter, if she had a problem with us sharing it with the world. Zina is as cool as one could imagine and her response was as follows:


Quoting Zina: 
I think the painting reflects a facet of Dad's personality that the public has rarely seen, but that he shared with those close to him: an earthy, irreverent sense of humor and a disdain of the priggish. My father's attitude ... was very open and honest, and his comfort level with all aspects of being human is reflected in this piece.

I know another of Dad's private pieces he did when he was doing illos for Topps trading cards was a spoof of the Batman cards he was doing: he did one called "Batman in the Bat Room", and it featured the Dark Knight of Gotham City sitting on the toilet with his tights around his ankles, reading the paper (if I'm remembering correctly).

I think the Ovary Snow piece is in the same vein: raunchy humor that takes a "pure and clean" image to the silliest and earthiest extreme. I say show it with pride (and laughter)!



 

 
From:Crakola_Crayons
To:char_boy  
Posted: Wednesday 1:06 pm, November 10, 2004
message 56
Greg, wow!!! It is very nice that you added Zina's endorsement about sharing this one with the rest of the Wacky community.  It is nice to get some further insights into the man who obviously had an effect on many of us in the hobby with his work and style.

 

 
From:Mr._Stubble
To:Crakola_Crayons  
Posted: Wednesday 3:48 pm, November 10, 2004
message 57
Well said, Martin.

 

 
From:char_boy
To:ALL  
Posted: Friday 1:22 pm, November 12, 2004
message 58
Fact 24: TV Garbage



This 11th series title was used again in the 1982 album series, but the shows were whited out and updated to reflect 80's shows. (see both scans below).  Here is a link to the original art where you can sort of see the white-out.  



 

 
From:BustedFinger
To:char_boy  
Posted: Friday 1:27 pm, November 12, 2004
message 59
Looks like the price increased from 15 cents to 50 cents as well.

 

 
From:Crakola_Crayons
To:BustedFinger  
Posted: Friday 1:53 pm, November 12, 2004
message 60
Yep.  I noticed that too.  A bit of inflation, eh?  :)

 

 
From:Grapehead
To:Crakola_Crayons  
Posted: Friday 9:39 pm, November 12, 2004
message 61
Now that's what I call attention to detail!

 

 
From:char_boy
To:BustedFinger  
Posted: Friday 10:16 pm, November 12, 2004
message 62
What does "Loco Programs" mean?

 

 
From:Shock
To:char_boy  
Posted: Friday 10:25 pm, November 12, 2004
message 63
Local

Or

Loco "crazy"

 

 
From:BustedFinger
To:char_boy  
Posted: Friday 11:05 pm, November 12, 2004
message 64
I guess they substitued "loco" (meaning crazy) for "local".

"Loco Programs" instead of "Local Programs"

 

 
From:Mashbox
To:char_boy  
Posted: Sunday 12:21 am, November 14, 2004
message 65
They updated a couple other magazine titles as well. I know they changed the "calories" on Seventon in the 1982 series and I think the price on "Playbug" was also changed.

 

 
From:char_boy
To:ALL  
Posted: Sunday 2:09 pm, November 14, 2004
message 66
Fact 25: 61 Magazine




"My 61 mag rough should turn up in a Topps auction soon.  The 61 rough that's up now is one that Bill Griffith did. Griffy's gave too many names of real people...so they wound up not doing it that way.  61 mag used to have a painted, humanized animal on each cover.  So I made it a goat.  I actually read that mag at one point, I think, when Gloria Stavers was editor...was that her name?  She hung with Jan Cremer and Lenny Bruce...she was pretty hip...but she had to do this mag about Donny Osmond and David Cassidy to make a living...and there was always bitter humor snuck in between the lines."  -Jay





 

 
From:char_boy
To:landoquakes  
Posted: Monday 11:39 am, November 15, 2004
message 67
Dave Caudle pointed me out to this further discussion about 61 Magazine from delphi May 2002:

> Does anyone know what the blue goat on '61' is supposed to be? That is, I *think* it's a goat.

To which Jay responded:

"All it was intended to mean is that he is an "old goat", a popular ageist phraise back then.  

...and I think 16 magazine at the time had this blue cat character that was their mascot...and he would be on all the covers interacting with rock stars heads pasted on simply drawn bodies...and the cat character would be bigger than the rock stars...so we made him an old goat instead of a young cat."

Jay

 

 
From:char_boy
To:ALL  
Posted: Monday 11:39 am, November 15, 2004
message 68
Fact 26: Murial Blands



The text was changed slightly from the art to the sticker on Murial Blands.  Can you find the difference?

Art


Sticker


 

 
From:freetoes
To:char_boy  
Posted: Monday 12:36 pm, November 15, 2004
message 69
I remember this discussion on Delphi.  The word "a" appears on the reprints, but not on the original Series 7 sticker.  I always wondered whether or not the artwork had been altered.

 

 
From:fanatical_and_sickly
To:freetoes  
Posted: Wednesday 3:47 am, November 17, 2004
message 70
yep. Just one of several differences that can be seen in the 4th reprints - a result of using using new photos of the original artwork

(as opposed to re-using photo plates as was done for the 1st and 2nd, or using old stickers for images as was done with the 3rd)

 

 
From:char_boy
To:freetoes  
Posted: Monday 12:53 pm, November 15, 2004
message 71
Wow, I didn't realize the variation on the sticker, I'll have to check that out.

 

 
From:Crakola_Crayons
To:char_boy  
Posted: Monday 12:56 pm, November 15, 2004
message 72
Very easy to spot that one.  I think your facts will get folks scrambling back through their collections.

 

 
From:char_boy
To:ALL  
Posted: Tuesday 10:22 am, November 16, 2004
message 73
Fact 27: Fanatical and Sickly Fiction



The moon was originally supposed to be a smiley face, like those yellow t-shirts that were everywhere in the early 70's. That is how the rough was drawn by Jay (see below). The joke was about the fact that at the time those yellow smiley face shirts were literally everywhere, to the point where it was "sickening." The joke was that the astronauts went to the moon and even that was a smiley face. But Norm didn't get it, and he painted it like a real face. So the joke was essentially lost. But it didn't seem to matter to the kids, the title was appreciated anyway, Norm brought his experience as a pulp cover artist to this piece and it has been a perennial classic ever since.



 

 
From:dth1971
To:char_boy  
Posted: Tuesday 2:31 pm, November 16, 2004
message 74
Nice fact on Fanatical and Sickly Fiction which bought Norm Saunders back to his roots as a pulp cover artist. Did he ever illustrate covers for the real Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine?

 

 
From:Shock
To:char_boy  
Posted: Tuesday 5:10 pm, November 16, 2004
message 75
That is really interesting about the smiley face!  I sure remember those.  That joke really makes sense.  Very cool fact.  That would have really been a neat retro wacky too.  Jay was "right on" that one.

 

 
From:char_boy
To:ALL  
Posted: Wednesday 8:25 am, November 17, 2004
message 76
Fact 28: Decay Toothpaste



This is the only Wacky Pack that was actually based on no product at all, they just made it up out of the blue. This might have been done due to increasing desperation that more and more companies had C&D'd them and so there were fewer products available for parody.

 

 
From:char_boy
To:ALL  
Posted: Monday 10:02 am, November 22, 2004
message 77
Fact 29: Heavy Trash Bags



There is a variation of Heavy Trash Bags is in the 1980 3rd series reruns. The line of black text "LAUGH WHILE YOUR GARBAGE MAN STRUGGLES" either does or does not appear:



Notice that on the 1974 10th series version the text is white, not black. So what's up with this line of text anyway??

 

 
From:Crakola_Crayons
To:char_boy  
Posted: Monday 11:49 am, November 22, 2004
message 78
Wow, I never noticed this - and I have one reprint (black) and a 10th series (white).  Cool.

 

 

 
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