The Madballs vs. Garbage Pail Kids comic book series from Dynamite Comics has been chosen to be part of the 2023 National Free Comic Book Day. A special comic featuring a collection of stories from the first Madballs vs GPK series will be offered for free in comic book stores across the country. The popular promotion is scheduled to take place on May 6, 2023.
The partnership between Garbage Pail Kids and Madballs will continue in the comics. Dynamite Comics announced Madballs vs. Garbage Pail Kids Slime Again Issue #1. This will be the second limited comic series to feature the two iconic 80’s brands together. This time the story will tell the origins of the their feud through the history of time. The preview for this issue reads, “In this issue: At the dawn of time, the Earth is ruled by furry, apelike beasts – oh, wait, that’s just Kim Kong! From their neighboring caves, the Cro-Madballs and Neanderthal Pail Kids constantly try to one-up each other! Plus: the star-crossed crush between Hornhead and Scary Carrie triggers war between the Trojan GPK and Greek Madballs!” Jason Crosby returns as the artist of the comics, along with writer Sholly Fisch. So far there are announced covers from Joe Simko, Jason Crosby, and a vintage fight poster cover. There are sure to be many move limited covers announced. The comic will be available to preorder soon wherever comics are sold. Issue #1 is set to his store shelves on Feb. 15, 2023.
As the release date for Dynamite’s Madballs vs. Garbage Pail Kids comic approaches, more and more variants of issue #1 are revealed. Dynamite is holding their first NTWRK show 7/7/22 at 3:00 PM EST. Among others comics, they will show off some of the new Madballs vs. GPK comic book series. The show can be viewed on the NTWRK mobile app. They are advertising two new variants, the Ashcan Retailer version, and the Ashcan NTWRK Premiere version. Both versions will be available for preordering on the NTWRK app during their show tomorrow.
There have also been a number of comic book store exclusive variants to surface the past couple of weeks. Variants can be ordered from; Gotham City Comics, Ken Salines Variant, Alan Quah Homage, Easton Hawk Variant, Juan Navarro Variant, Juan Navarro Virgin Variant, These are all in addition to the 16 various variants available wherever comics are sold. So far that makes a total of 24 different variants of issue #1 available for preorder!!! Notice any missing? Let me know!
PremiumDNA is all set for tomorrow’s preorder for their Garbage Pail Kids vs. Madballs figures. There will be four 2-packs available for sale. Each pack contains a 6” GPK figure and a Madballs rival figure. In addition each pack comes with various accessories that can be swapped onto any of the figures so collectors can create their own custom battles.
The preorder begins Saturday, 1/29/22 at 10:00 AM EST on the PremiumDNA.toys website. The first 1500 orders will received an exclusive 4 card pack depicting battle scenes with each character. The artwork on the cards was done by GPK artist Joe Simko. Limited edition “b-card” 2 packs will also be available for preorder tomorrow. The b-card packs are exclusive to PremiumDNA and will be limited to 250 copies. The company tells GPKNews that the preorder window will remain open long enough so collectors have plenty of time to get their orders in. The regular figures will also be offered at other online retail outlets at some point. Each 2-pack will be priced at $79.99. All figures are currently planned to ship in the first quarter of 2023. Here are pictures and descriptions for each two pack.
TOXIC GLOW OCULUS ORBUS Vs STARIN’ DARREN
Includes toxic waste barrel filled with real glow in the dark slime! Oculus figure glows in the dark. All figures include 4 pairs of interchangeable hands.
HORN HEAD Vs SY-CLOPS
Figures include removable and interchangeable bandages. Horn Head features breakable horn that stabs into place in his scalp! All figures include 4 pairs of interchangeable hands.
BADBALLS BIKER EDITION BRUISE BROTHER Vs MUGGED MARCUS
Mugged Marcus includes removable knife stabbed in back. Bruise Brother includes breakaway battle damage panel on helmet, revealing skull bone and worm ridden brains, removable googles, Badballs biker jacket and removable bandages. All figures include 4 pairs of interchangeable hands.
SCREAMIN MEEMIE Vs MOUTH PHIL
Screamin Meemie includes interchangeable baseball glove hand and baseball bat. Mouth Phil features 3 swappable mouth inserts: Baseballs, Screamin Meemie balls, and assorted Madballs! All figures include 4 pairs of interchangeable hands.
In January of last year, Topps and Cloudco announced a collaboration pitting the Garbage Pail Kids vs. Madballs. Now, just over a year later, the toys associated with the collaboration are set to launch. PremiumDNA and Topps announced today the upcoming preorder for Madballs vs. GPK toys. There will be four different 2-toy packs available for purchase. Each toy pack comes with one classic GPK character and one Madballs character. The toys stand 6 inches tall and all come with swappable parts to create different creations. The toys will also come with battle panels, accessories, and additional hands. Premium DNA is also advertising that the first 1500 orders will come with a set of 4 Madballs Vs GPK trading card stickers that correspond with the 2 pack lineups. Artwork on the cards was done by GPK artist Joe Simko. The toys are set to go on sale at PremiumDNA.toys on 1/29/22 at 10:00 AM EST. Be sure to set your alarms!
The year long collaboration between Garbage Pail Kids and Madballs continues with a new clothing line. Chalkline is set to launch their GPK x Madballs collection tomorrow via their website. The company will be launching two new jackets and two new shorts. All items feature characters from both brands doing battle. While the collaboration hasn’t brought collectors cards or figures yet, a number of associated items have been released this year. The clothing collection will release tomorrow, 9/23, at 12:00 EST.
Today Mishka NYC launched a line of clothes and a blanket based on the Garbage Pail Kids x Madballs crossover. Mishka launched a number of new products after their initial t-shirt launch a few months ago. This time all the products are available on their website. First up in a 70 x 50 inch fleece blanket featuring the same Joe Simko monster box artwork that was on the t-shirt. The blanket is available for $40. The same monster box artwork is also available on a hoodie ($75) and a long sleeve shirt ($45). Two new print shirts, “Headlick” and “All Over” are also available for $49.99 each. All artwork for the shirts were also done by Joe Simko.
Chalkline Apparel began teasing their upcoming Garbage Pail Kids vs. Madballs clothing line on their various social media channels today. This is the next product in a long line of products for the 80’s themed crossover. Chalkline only showed a pair of brightly colored shorts featuring both GPK and Madball characters as Madballs. No other details on other clothing items have been revealed. Pricing and launch dates also have not be revealed. However Chalkline did say the clothing line would launch early next month.
The Garbage Pail Kids x Madballs partnership continues on. The next item launching is a t-shirt from Mishka. The company is planning on launching a shirt through the NTWRK app on Thursday, May 6 at 8:00 PM EST. The shirt features all new artwork designed by Mishka’s Greg Rivera, and painted by Joe Simko. The company also had promo cards printed by Topps with the same artwork. The cards will be given to the first 300 t-shirt purchasers.
Earlier this year, Topps and Cloudco announced a partnership that would see the launch of cards and products related to a Garbage Paul Kids x Madballs crossover. Collectors will soon get the chance to add those products to their collections. First to market looks to be Pinfinity, who is set to launch three pin sets for the mashup. Last week Pinfinity added an early access notification page for the pins to their website, where collectors can be notified when the pins will be available. The pins are titled Madballs vs. Garbage Pail Kids. Each of the pin sets will come with one GPK pin and one Madballs pin. The pins are Oculus Orbus vs. Starrin Darren, Sy Clops vs. Horn Head, and Lock Lips vs. Adam Bomb. Just like the rest of their pins, the Madballs vs GPK collection will come to life with Augmented Reality experiences when scanned with their free-to-download Pinfinity app. The pins will only be available to purchase on Pinfinity’s website. Each pin set will sell for $19.99. The pins will be available starting April 15, 2021. This is just the first of what will be many products throughout spring and summer for GPK and Madballs fans.