Category Archives: Bubblegum/Trading Cards

Universal Monsters of the Silver Screen Trading Cards, #16–30 (1996)

Universal Monsters Trading Cards box lid
The box artwork for Universal Monsters Trading Cards

Here is the second batch of cards from Kitchen Sink Press’ Universal Monsters of the Silver Screen Trading Cards from 1996. Continue reading Universal Monsters of the Silver Screen Trading Cards, #16–30 (1996)

Bazooka Joe and his Gang

Bazooka Joe and his Gang, front cover

In the early 1950’s American gum manufacturer Topps decided to revamp its gum brand Bazooka, “The Atom”, Bubble Gum. Gone were the old packets of six pieces for 5¢, replaced instead with the more affordable, kid-friendly one piece for 1¢. Gone too was the gum’s nondescript and nameless cartoon mascot. And in a stroke of marketing ingenuity they began including small wraparound comic strips with each piece of gum that featured the brand’s new mascot, an eye-patch wearing street kid named Bazooka Joe.
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Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein Trading Cards #16-30 (1993)

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards

In the mid-1970s comic book artist Bernie Wrightston began working on illustrations to accompany one of his favourite books, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly’s gothic masterpiece Frankenstein. Wrightson undertook the project without a commission, doing so out of sheer love for the story, and over the next six years he would would create 50 atmospheric pen and ink drawings to illustrate the story. Continue reading Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein Trading Cards #16-30 (1993)

Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein Trading Cards #1-15 (1993)

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards wrapper

A few months ago I posted images from comic book artist Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein Portfolio. That set featured six large reproductions chosen from 50 pen and ink drawings the artist created in the late 1970’s to illustrate Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly’s gothic masterpiece Frankenstein.   Continue reading Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein Trading Cards #1-15 (1993)