For this weeks’ edition of Wacky Wednesdays, we’ll be looking at a classic from 1974’s Wacky Packages Series 9 — 3 Mosquitoes.
This is a fun sticker, and even though the parody is a bit “on the nose”, I still like it quite a bit.
Here’s a close-up look at the sticker:
This is one of those stickers where the original package parodied, likely presented a few challenges for the parody artist. The mascots on the original 3-Musketeers package are illustrated in a monochromatic flat style. To stray too far from that might not be true enough for the Wacky, but remaining beholden to the style on the original package limits what the artist can do with the Wacky versions of the characters.
Here’s a 3 Musketeers wrapper from right around this same time. It appears nearly exact, though it doesn’t have a blue flag-banner on the package. I suspect that the banner may have been added by the artist to include the line, but there’s a chance an original 3 Musketeers wrapper design had some kind of call-out featured in a similar blue-flag-banner. Here’s the wrapper I’ve got:
Though there’s no date on that wrapper, it does come from the pre-UPC era, so has to be very close to the time of the original Wacky. I will keep my eyes out for one that might have that blue banner, though.
And that’s all for today’s edition of Wacky Wednesdays. See you next time!
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I don’t know what it is about that original package, but it seems to me to be more appetizing than the modern silver mylar wrap. Just my $0.02