Monday, November 12, 2012

My 1991 "Wacky Package" drawings

Louse & Garbage by DF

all pencil sketches included here
are © Drew Friedman
In 1991, I was creating many concept sketches and pencil drawings for the TOPPS company, including for their latest set of the hugely popular sticker series "Wacky Packages". Mark Newgarden was the editor and art director for the 1991 series, and the writers for the card fronts included Newgarden, Jay Lynch, Jordan Bochanis,  John Mariano and myself. I drew about 22 tight pencil images which would (with one exception) be painted by the illustrator Patrick Piggott. 

Unfortunately, many of the cards I created (mostly parodying popular magazine covers of the day) were ultimately not used, the "Lost Wacky's". The problem was that Topps gave the go-ahead to proceed into a second series before the first series had even been marketed. When the numbers were finally crunched, it was decided that the team should move along with other satirical projects. Most of these pencil drawings have never been seen till now, aside from several turning up on a Wacky Packs site but incorrectly attributed to other artists.

painting by Pat Piggott: PP (unused)
Popps Magazine by DF
finished card painted by PP
TV Died by DF

painting by PP (unused)

BOB magazine by DF

painting by PP (unused)

The baby Splitters Club by DF

finished card by PP

SAD by DF (ironically I'd become a regular in MAD, a "Usual Gang of Idiot" a year later)
heh heh...

painting by PP (unused)

Boys' Lice by DF

painting by PP (unused)

Chin magazine by DF/not painted/unused

Frank Snot-ra Booger style marinara sauce/not painted/unused

Famine circle by DF

finished art without lettering by PP (unused)


finished card painted by Tom Bunk

Heaventeen/not painted/unused

Paul E. Newman's Rancid Dressing by DF/not painted/unused

Rock 'em Sock 'Em Rabbis by DF/not painted/unused

Scar by DF

painting by PP (unused)

Soldier of misfortune by DF

painting by PP (unused)

Spleen Beat by DF

painting by PP (unused)

Sweat Valley High by DF

painting by PP (unused)

The following printed cards were originally penciled by me (unfortunately I have no copies of my sketches):

PREZ, painted by PP

Yuppie Chow, painted by PP

Barf's, painting by PP

Howard's Shempoo/card back, painting by PP

Salesman's order sheet for the '91 wacky packs (which were released in 1992)

 thanks to Mark Newgarden & Michael Campbell


  1. Great stuff! But you left out the most important detail... Did Topps pay you for the art they didn't use?

  2. Of course. The decision not to use everything came much later.

  3. I don't want to live in a world where "Rock 'em Sock 'em Rabbis" doesn't make the cut.

  4. That Prez broccoli dispenser is truly inspired.

  5. I just bought your pencil rough for Frank Snotra marinara sauce. It was taped to a Bally's card from Atlantic city - did you do it there

  6. No. I'd actually forgotten about that one and have no record of it. Could you attach it?