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Garbage Pail Kids spoof rock's Hall of Fame


The newest members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are getting a throwback tribute: a set of stickers inspired by Garbage Pail Kids trading cards.

The limited package of five stickers is being issued to coincide with Saturday's induction ceremony honoring the Hall's Class of 2018.

The cartoonish spoofs depict Bon Jovi as Jovial Jon, the Moody Blues as Rudy Blues, and Dire Straits as Daryl Straits. Also caricatured: Nina Simone as Nifty Nina and the Cars' 1979 "Candy-O" album as Candy Oh No!

Garbage Pail Kids trading cards were first produced in 1985 as a parody of Cabbage Patch Kids, the dolls that were one of the hottest fads of the 1980s.

Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, Garbage Pail Kids were a throwback to one of his earlier creations: Wacky Packs, which were introduced in 1967 by the Topps Company, the baseball card behemoth. The original Wacky Packs stickers and trading cards poked fun at well-known consumer products and advertising icons, such as Moron Salt, Gulp Oil and the Jolly Mean Giant.