MEANIE BABIES





~ Print Run Paragraph ~
~ Series Overview ~
~ Fun Facts and Tid-bits ~
~ Artwork Images ~
~ Comprehensive Checklist ~



PRINT RUN PARAGRAPH


In 1998, Comic Images with the distributing help from Dark Horse Comics, came out with the most innovative non-sport cards since the Garbage Pail Kids called the Meanie Babies -- right during the hype of the Beanie Babies.  The artist behind these great pieces of artwork was none other than John Pound of GPK fame and writer Jay Lynch who created the creative card backs. The cards come 6 to a foil pack (with the possibility of a insert or chase card) and 1 sticker, measuring 2.5 X 3.5.



SERIES OVERVIEW


BLACK BOX
– 30 Count Box
BLACK BOX
– 48 Count Box



BLACK WRAPPER



ADVERTISEMENT SHEET



MEANIE BABIES MAIL-AWAY "BINDER OFFER" (Front and Back)



GUFF! COMIC (Featuring the MEANIE BABIES and a Bonus Card)



TUFF STUFF'S COLLECT! MAGAZINE (January 1998)



NON-SPORT UPDATE MAGAZINE (Vol 9, No. 1 Feb-Mar 1998)



No Variations
One Print Run


FUN FACTS & TIDBITS


1.
The artist John Pound's Autographed Cards could be located in random boxes of MEANIE BABIES -- the autographs could be found on any of the three promo cards produced for the set, signed on the front, with an "Authentic Comic Images Autograph"

sticker on their backsides -- card example; promo 3 of 3 "SPHINXTER":




2. The Promo Cards were released prior to the set release, and the original name bar idea was dropped, with the card later showcasing the characters names in one of the six various colors found in the MEANIE BABIES header -- card example, promo 2 of 3 "UPCHUCK":

3. A deluxe 3-Ring MEANIE BABIE Binder was offered on the back of the wrappers for only $19.95 and came with nine, 9-pocket pages (pictured above in the "Series Overview").

4. The set contained 60 character cards and one checklist card for a total of 61 cards for the Base Set -- card examples: 20 "PIERCY", 22 "SPRITZER" and 44 "MAGGOTY":


5. Besides the base card set, there is also a Parallel Sticker Set with blank, white backs to collect -- card 61, the checklist card, has only information on the front of the card since the back is blank.


6. The first parody set to have random Chase Cards located within the packs -- not including the promo cards and bonus cards. Besides the harder-to-find 'autograph cards' (pictured further above), the Sketch And Chromium "Omni-Chrome" Cards could be found randomly in every box of MEANIE BABIES, averaging one sketch card per box and 3 chromium cards per box -- card examples, sketch card 1S "VILE-RUS" and chromium card Omni4 "BABY-CUE":




7. Card #38 "SWAMPY" (pictured below in "Artwork Images") has a Cabbage Patch Kid floating in the sewer, a product that led to the Garbage Pail Kids parody, John Pound's first spoof assigment for the Topps Company.

8. A Guff! Comic featuring the MEANIE BABIES was produced by Dark Horse Comics around the same time the series was released, featuring the storyboard by Jay Lynch, and final artwork by John Pound. As an added bonus, the comic included a Bonus Card card whose image cannot be found in the regular base set and whose artwork is on the front of the comic (featured above in "Series Overview) -- card example, bonus card "CY-CLONE":

9. During 2003, artist Jay Lynch was commisioned by the Topps company to create character drawings for a potential New Set Idea called Garbage Pail Pets. Though the product was never produced, Lynch developed three pre-production pen and ink concept sketches for the proposed set. Instead, Topps slightly rendered and released the unpublished 16th series set from 1988 re-titled as All-New Series 1 from their non-sport card division. The idea is very similar to the 1998 Meanie Babies set by Comic Images, though the Garbage Pail Pets are a parody of the Garbage Pail Kids format.


10. There is No Puzzle within the set.


ARTWORK IMAGES


9 SAMPLES OF JOHN POUND'S MEANIE BABIES FINAL ARTWORK PAINTINGS



#2 SNOTTY


#15 FLUSH


#27 FLAT


#38 SWAMPY


#47 GONUTS


#48 EXSTINKT


#50 BEAVIS


#52 GAME-BOAR


#57 HOT LIPPS




COMPREHENSIVE CHECKLIST

1 = First Print Run

** PRINTABLE CHECKLIST **

#
CARD & STICKER NAME
ARTIST
1 HAIRBALL
John Pound
2 SNOTTY
John Pound
3 UPCHUCK
John Pound
4 SPHINXTER
John Pound
5 NO BRAINER
John Pound
6 PICKLES
John Pound
7 LITTERS
John Pound
8 BABY CUE
John Pound
9 SCUMMY
John Pound
10 WARTY
John Pound
11 VAL
John Pound
12 FROGENSTEIN
John Pound
13 MOLDIE
John Pound
14 ROADHOG
John Pound
15 FLUSH
John Pound
16 E.COLI
John Pound
17 EDDIE
John Pound
18 BAD HARE
John Pound
19 SALMONELLA
John Pound
20 PIERCY
John Pound
21 FARTFACE
John Pound
22 SPRITZER
John Pound
23 HIPPY
John Pound
24 ROTO ROOSTER
John Pound
25 PICKY-PICKY
John Pound
26 ZIPPITY
John Pound
27 FLAT
John Pound
28 BUM-BEE
John Pound
29 DOWNSIZE
John Pound
30 HOLEY COW
John Pound
31 SUCKER
John Pound
32 SPOT-LESS
John Pound
33 CLEARCUT
John Pound
34 BIG MOUTH
John Pound
35 DOWNCHUCK
John Pound
36 VILE-RUS
John Pound
37 RAT-RACE
John Pound
38 SWAMPY
John Pound
39 PIDDLES
John Pound
40 OXYMORON
John Pound
41 DE-ODOR-ANT
John Pound
42 HUNGRY
John Pound
43 BULL-ONEY
John Pound
44 MAGGOTY
John Pound
45 POUND
John Pound
46 SMARTASS
John Pound
47 GONUTS
John Pound
48 EXSTINKT
John Pound
49 NOSEJOB
John Pound
50 BEAVIS
John Pound
51 WHINOSAUR
John Pound
52 GAME-BOAR
John Pound
53 CHESTER
John Pound
54 WEBSTER
John Pound
55 ARMPIT
John Pound
56 HOUSEFLY
John Pound
57 HOT LIPPS
John Pound
58 HOOOTERS
John Pound
59 GRRRILLA
John Pound
60 TICKED OFF
John Pound
61 CHECKLIST
none
#
CHASE CARDS
ARTIST
BONUS CARD CY-CLONE (Guff Comic Bonus Card)
John Pound
PROMO 1 of 3 LITTERS
John Pound
PROMO 2 of 3 UPCHUCK
John Pound
PROMO 3 of 3 SPHINXTER
John Pound
SKETCH 1 VILE-RUS
John Pound
SKETCH 2 NO-BRAINER
John Pound
SKETCH 3 BAD-HARE
John Pound
OMNI 1 FLUSH
John Pound
OMNI 2 WARTY
John Pound
OMNI 3 MOLDIE
John Pound
OMNI 4 BABY CUE
John Pound
OMNI 5 ROTO ROOSTER
John Pound
OMNI 6 ZIPPITY
John Pound
PROMO 1 of 3 LITTERS ("John Pound" Autograph Card w/ Seal)
John Pound
PROMO 2 of 3 UPCHUCK ("John Pound" Autograph Card w/ Seal)
John Pound
PROMO 3 of 3 SPHINXTER ("John Pound" Autograph Card w/ Seal)
John Pound

136 Total Cards = 61 Card Set + 61 Stickers + Bonus Card + 3 Promo Cards + 3 Sketch Cards + 6 Omni-Chrome Cards + 1 Autographed Card -- 138 Total Cards with all three autographed promo cards.


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