First came Cabbage Patch Kids, those potato-faced, limp-bodied creep dolls whose extreme scarcity drove early '80s parents to desperate measures. Then came the Garbage Pail Kids, a trading card series so modestly risque that mid-to-late-'80s parents also took desperate measures.
Today, over 30 years later, only one franchise has any real ongoing relevance, and it's not the one that tried to sue the other into oblivion.
Created by the Topps trading card company as an experimental, parody gag by its non-sports card division, Garbage Pail Kids would move millions of units in the mid-'80s by exciting children and collectors alike with gross spins on the cherubic, floppy dolls. By the late '80s, a lawsuit wound up indirectly putting the Garbage Pail brand on ice, where it remained for nearly two decades before their successful revival. The story is detailed in the recent documentary 30 Years of Garbage, which was co-directed by Joe Simko, an original GPK fan who has now become one of the brand's most prolific artists.
Simko joined The Fandom Files this week to talk about all things Garbage Pail Kids, from their history and the value of old cards to his current work on the brand, which extends further than its creators could have possibly envisioned.
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