Tuesday, October 17, 2017

13 Black Cats

In hindsight, I should have posted this last Friday.

This pack of Peck "13 Black Cats" die cuts was still sealed when I found it. However, the staples were barely clinging to the plastic, so I didn't feel too bad opening it. The die cuts are flocked for that fuzzy feel.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Wacky Memories

These days for Halloween treats, people favor handing out pre-packaged candies; the treat you receive from one house indistinguishable from the next.  When I Trick or Treated as a kid, I might receive a candy bar at one house, a comic book at another, and wax Wowe-e Whistles, money, popcorn balls or apples at others. One of my earliest Trick or Treating memories when I was around 7 involved what I thought was an odd treat at the time, but in hind sight was pretty cool and appropriate. I received this Wacky Packages sticker.

 Wacky Packages were initially released by the Topps Trading Card Group in 1967.  After a 2 year run, they were retired until being re-released from 1973 to 1976, the period when I would have received the above card.  Below are some of the more Halloween-centric cards that were released during the Golden Age of Wacky Packages.  Some I have from finds over the years, others I've gleaned from the internet. Enjoy!

The above sticker brings back another memory.  Inspired by Wacky Packages, my sister and I created some of our own.  I recall creating a "Hard Rocks" version of Hydrox cookies.

It's unlikely the two above stickers (in addition to a number of others) would be released today.

You would never see products aimed at kids even hinting at alcohol and tobacco these days.

The next two, although not monster-related, always struck me as particularly disturbing as a child.

Not above poking fun at themselves, Wacky Packages produced this "Ticks Wormy Packages" parody sticker.

And this "Torture Kong Fu Brutal Bubble Gum" sticker.

In 2010, Topps released "Wacky Packages Old School" which parodied products from the 1970's they hadn't in the previous series.  While a noble effort, for me, they lacked the charm of the original series. Or maybe you just can't recapture the magic of a Halloween night as seen through a 7-year-old's eyes.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Busy Bee Holiday Fun

Have some Holiday Fun coloring this Trick or Treat picture. Halloween is coming.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Ripley's Believe It or Not True Ghost Stories

This copy of Ripley's Believe It or Not True Ghost Stories comic was among the coverless comics I picked up a while back. It features four stories of Comics Code approved horror (translation, not horror). But as it turns out, the comic does have justification in calling these "true ghost stories" as at least a couple are in fact based on true legends.

"The Weeping Ghost" tells the story of the murder of King Charles II's illegitimate son by his mistress Nell Gwyn.

While in the comic, Nell throws her baby to its death, the generally accepted legend is she simply hung him out a window until King Charles dubbed the child the Earl of Burford.

These text stories were typically thrown into comics so that they met guidelines for magazine postal rates.  I could find no evidence of a Moses Gort.

The Phantom Hands of Dartmoor is based on an urban legend in the English count of Devon.

Tragedy sounds like "Krruummpp!"

I found no information on an urban legend involving a Woodchopper.  Woodchippers, yes.

Similarly, I could find no connection of "The Doomsday Express" to any urban legends.

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