The comic story behind the Garbage Pail Kids continues with Dynamite Comics’ Garbage Pail Kids Origins Issue #2. The preview for the next issue is out now and once again features the origins for GPK characters that artist Jeff Zapata dreamed up years ago. The comic is written by Zapata, Adam F Goldberg, and Hans Rodionoff. Zapata and Chris Meeks did the artwork for the comic, while Dustin Graham worked on coloring in this issue. The preview for issue #2 reads, “In issue #2, it’s a battle of brother vs. brother – Garbage Pail Kids style! No worries though, there’s only the fate of the world at stake! What could go wrong….?! Only everything!” There will be covers done by Bekki Sharp, Tom Bunk, Jeff Zapata, and a trading card cover featuring Nasty Nick. There are sure to be many additional variants announced soon. Preorders will be available soon wherever comics are sold. Issue #2 is set to hit comic book store shelves on 11/9/22.
The four issue comic series pitting two iconic 80’s brands is coming to a conclusion. Dynamite Comics has revealed the info for the final Madballs vs. Garbage Pail Kids issue #4. Like with previous issues, it is written by Sholly Fisch with art by Jason Crosby. There are covers once again from Jason Crosby, Joe Simko, and a trading card variant cover. There are sure to be a number of other variant covers revealed soon. The description for the final issue reads, “This issue: the momentous conclusion with a full-length story… don’t miss “Family Feud”!” The comic will be available soon to preorder wherever comics are sold. Issue #4 of Madballs vs. Garbage Pail Kids is set to hit store shelves on 10/19/22.
The Garbage Pail Kids look to become superheroes in an upcoming comic book series from Dynamite Comics. As part of their 2022 SDCC announcements they announced Garbage Pail Kids Origins Issue #1. The series finally brings to life Jeff Zapata’s action GPK drawings he’s been working on and sharing with the community for years. Zapata is handling the art direction and assisting in developing the story for the series. Zapata and Chris Meeks will handle all the artwork for the comic. Artist Dan Contois helped with coloring on issue 1, with Dustin Graham on issues 2 & 3. The story will be written by longtime GPK super collector and Goldberg’s creator, Adam F. Goldberg, along with Hans Rodionoff. Issue #1 variant covers were shown from Zapata, Ray Lago, and Tom Bunk, all previous artists for GPKs through the years. An Adam Bomb trading card cover variant was also announced. The comics will tell the superhero backstory for many classic GPKs. Issue #1 tells the story of how Adam Bomb becomes a superhero and helps win WWII against the evil Nasty Nick. The comic is set to be released in October. It will be available for preorder wherever comic books are sold in early August.
Dynamite Comics today announced a new comic book series based on the Garbage Pail Kids vs. Madballs crossover. The series will tell the story how these two franchises battle it out. The comic will be written by veteran author Sholly Fisch, and illustrated by longtime GPK sketch artist Jason Crosby. There will be collectible variant covers created by Crosby, GPK artist Joe Simko, and Madballs artist James Gorman. Issue #1 is scheduled to launch July 2022. Collectors will want to preorder through their favorite comic book store. Here is the press release from Dynamite.
|The Madballs™ & Garbage Pail Kids Clash in
All-Out War Historic Multimedia Crossover!
April 21, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite announces a historic summer crossover of epic proportions, as two beloved brands smash together in all their gross-out glory in Madballs™ vs. Garbage Pail Kids!
The two legendary franchises have been captivating audiences young and old for over three decades, co-ruling a corner of counterculture with their pun-heavy names, subversive humor, and inventive art and design. Now, as part of an exciting merchandising blitz, Dynamite is proud to publish an ambitious comic book series showing just how these misfits might get along – or destroy everything around them!
The story is written by Sholly Fisch, experienced across a deep bibliography with franchises like Superman, Star Wars, Scooby-Doo, Mighty Mouse, and Looney Tunes. His award-nominated work has always balanced appealing to all ages and seamlessly adapting franchises with passionate fanbases. Though, he holds his tongue on spoiling which side might win in this battle.
“Let’s just say that, no matter which side you’re on, you’ll find stuff to make you laugh. And, if you’re not careful, you may get splattered with slime or toxic waste, too,” said writer Sholly Fisch.
Fisch is joined by artist, Jason Crosby, known for drawing the Garbage Pail Kids already for Topps’ latest trading card and sketch card sets. Now, he’s dove headfirst into research to equally hone his Madballs.
“I try to have my work full of energy, movement, and splattered goop, so honestly, drawing these two franchises is right up my alley,” said artist Jason Crosby. “My work isn’t subtle, and I hope it explodes off the page.”
In addition to Jason’s action and gross-packed artwork in the story, the comic series will feature collectible variant covers by him and others. A project like this would be incomplete without the contributions of legendary GPK artist, Joe Simko, who contributes both an epic main cover and a trading card inspired one. Alongside collaborator, James Groman, Simko also crafted a mind-bursting wraparound cover!
Garbage Pail Kids kicked off its reign of irreverence in 1985 when Topps launched the first of many trading card series featuring their trademark hilariously revolting characters – all with clever names to match. The grossest kids you know have since translated to animation and a continuing full slate of globally-licensed consumer products.
“The Garbage Pail Kids and Madballs share much of the same ‘twisted’ DNA; an irreverent 80’s sensibility, outrageous artwork and loyal fan bases that remain passionate to this day.” says Ira Friedman, who oversees GPK licensing at Topps. “It comes as no surprise that the anticipation and excitement for this comics crossover is off the charts.”