Keeping with my recent series of non-sport art cards, this time out I’m presenting the 1995 90-card set put out by FGP. Bob Eggleton, like some of the others that I have talked about in the past, is an American science fiction, fantasy and horror artist. He’s won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist eight times so far and has worked in a variety of media, including book covers, posters, cards for Magic the Gathering, and due to his life-long love of Godzilla, he was a design consultant on the 1998 film, as well as having been an extra in a Japanese Godzilla film.
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It seems like only yesterday that I was buying the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles independent black-and-white comics and then it was on TV and in the theaters and slapped on every product conceivable. TMNT was a part of everyday reality in the 80s and 90s, you couldn’t escape it no matter how hard you tried. They were the creation of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, who wanted to lampoon some of the more popular early 80s comics, including New Mutants, Frank Miller’s Ronin and Dave Sim’s Cerebus. Using a tax refund and a loan from Eastman’s uncle, they created a single issue black-and-white comic put out by their own Mirage Studios and the rest is history.
It wasn’t that long ago when I put up a Frank Frazetta card set, it’s only fair that I do the same for his primary rival in the fantasy art genre, Boris Vallejo. Boris is a Peruvian-born painter who immigrated to the United States in 1964 and currently lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania with his wife and model Julie Bell, a prominent and skilled artist in her own right. He’s produced hundreds of incredible works of art in his prolific career, preferring to work in oil paint on board, although he has taken to using digital manipulation of his art and, in recent years, has turned to a more erotic bent over simple fantasy. I’ll have to remember to put in scans of Julie Bell’s card set at some point in the future.
We’ve taken a look at the Garbage Pail Kids, but it’s not the only Topps property to make fun of things. Wacky Packages have been around far longer, dating back to 1967. They make fun of merchandising packaging in the same way that GPK made fun of names and gross kids. In it’s first incarnation, Wacky Packs ran from 1967 to 1976 with 14 series and 488 total card designs. They tried to reboot the series in 1985 and 1991 with new sets and this one is the 1991 run. It wasn’t until 2004 that Wacky Packs really came back and they’ve been making new series ever since.
So let’s take a look at the 1991 set of Wacky Packs.
This is a concept that I come across from time to time, it seems to be wide-spread and common, yet it is one that I disagree with for a lot of reasons. For instance, recently I saw someone on a MMORPG forum saying that people ought to pay money for the MMOs that they play because they have to “support the genre”. In another case, someone suggested that people should fund as many Kickstarter boardgame projects as they can in order to “support the genre”. I’ve talked about Kickstarter and my problems with it before. However, as I said, I have a major issue with this concept and this issue goes back many, many years. We should not be supporting a genre, just to support a genre, we should be supporting quality products.
There was a time when, Garbage Pail Kids were all the rage. I’ve talked about my collection in the past and while it’s absurdly large to post images of (well over 80 pages of cards), there were quite a few knock-offs of the series, made by other companies, and Topps itself, who wanted a slice of the GPK pie. Another property that was popular at the time were those stupid little plastic trolls with long florescent hair, made by Norfin, and in 1993, card company Classic decided to combine the two and create the Trouble Trolls.
Anybody who has been into science fiction or fantasy books for the past 50 years knows all about Frank Frazetta. Born in 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, Frank Frazzetta (he later dropped one ‘z’ to make his name less clumsy) grew up, the only boy among 3 sisters. He was artistic from an early age, quickly moving from an art school which he says taught him very little to working in comic books and finally to being a world-class painter. Throughout his career, he produced covers for science fiction and fantasy books, record LP jackets, paintings and posters and other media. He was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999. His work redefined the way the sword and sorcery fantasy genre looked and he produced hundreds of paintings in his very distinctive style. Frank died in 2010 of a stroke, but his works were put out to the masses in this first of a series of non-sport card sets, released by Comic Images in 1991.
I thought I’d go completely off the rails this time and do something I haven’t done at all. This time, I’m looking at Disney collector cards and not any old collector card, their official Disney Collectors’ Series that was only given to those who purchased annual passes at Disneyland in 1995 and went to the park every single day for 41 days.
I was thinking about what non-sport cards I should scan next and naturally, I thought the original 1977 Star Wars sets. After all, I’ve done the Raiders of the Lost Ark set and others of that genre and age, it seems obvious that the three Star Wars sets should join the list.
Of course, as I went looking online, I found that there were tons of those sets already out there. That doesn’t mean I can’t do my own and I’m sure I will at some point, but I decided instead to put up scans of a couple of lesser known sets that are not as often encountered. It wasn’t just Topps putting out cards back in the 1970s and 1980s, other retailers would often put cards into their products to attract attention, two companies that did this were Wonder Bread and Burger King. Here are their cards.