Garbage Pail Kids first hit the collectors scene in 1985 to the delight of children and the horror of teachers and parents. Created by Art Spiegelman, Mark Newgarden, and John Pound, the collectible and trade-worthy sticker/cards were a grotesque parody of Cabbage Patch Kids a la Mad magazine, replete with punny names and darkly funny illustrations. They were a great alternative to plain old stickers or baseball cards, and were the starting point for many collectors born in the late '70s and early '80s. Two of those collectors were designer Jake Houvenagle and photographer Brandon Voges of creative agency Bruton Stroube, who are the masterminds behind this photographic series of real people recreating Garbage Pail Kids cards.
Voges explains on his blog, "I was a huge fan of Garbage Pail Kids and had a large collection as a kid. The idea of revisiting them, thinking through their story and shooting these portraits was a dream. We had to make this happen."
Voges and Houvenagle recreated six GPK cards, and have plans to recreate more in the future. Until then, enjoy these amazing Where Are They Nows:
And for those GPK card collectors, today, July 8, Topps officially released its 2015 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 1 (although they were already being sold online and there are reports that the cards were already in stores over the weekend). This milestone series includes a heavy nod to baseball cards, with baseball-themed characters, designs, and inserts running through their card packs, along with several cards featuring original characters from the 1985 series.