Wacky Wednesdays – Murky Way!

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After taking an Easter Week break from the column, we’re back today with another edition of Wacky Wednesdays.  Once again I’ll be drawing from last year’s Wacky Packages Halloween 2012 Postcard Set, this time for the awesome parody of Mars’ Milky Way bar; the monsterrific Mirky Way!

Mirky Way is a great Wacky Packages parody and artist “Smokin’ Joe” McWilliams manages to fit in quite a lot fun with this one.  Here’s a closer look at the postcard:

Topps - Wacky Packages Halloween Postcard Series 2012 - Murky Way

Topps – Wacky Packages Halloween Postcard Series 2012 – Murky Way

The inclusion of a monster that looks a lot like The Creature from the Black Lagoon as well as the pulp-y maiden-in-distress make this one an instant classic.   All of the wordplay on the wrapper as well as the colors and technique used are stellar.   Certainly one of my faves.

Since this was created based on the modern-look Milky Way, here’s a recent wrapper from my collection that’s a match:

Mars - Milky Way chocolate candy bar wrapper - 2011

Mars – Milky Way chocolate candy bar wrapper – 2011

As you can see the original wrapper is pretty straightforward so much of the appeal of the Wacky Packages parody comes through the inventiveness of the artist.  At the same time it succeeds in remaining true to the look of the original package.  Not an easy thing to pull off, but this one hits it out of the park.

And that’s everything for today’s edition of Wacky Wednesdays.  See you next time!

About Jason Liebig

A New York City based writer, editor and sometimes actor. After spending much of the 1990′s in the comic book business helping tell the stories of Marvel Comics’ X-Men as series editor, he has since split his time between developing his own entertainment properties while still consulting and working on others. Having been described as “the Indiana Jones of lost and forgotten candy”, Jason is one of the country’s premier candy collectors and historians with his discoveries appearing in countless blogs, magazines, newspaper articles, and books. Always happy to share his knowledge and unique perspectives on this colorful part of our popular culture, Jason has consulted with New York’s Museum of Food and Drink and has also been a featured guest on Food Network’s Heavyweights, France’s M6 Capital, and New York’s TheActionRoom.com. My Google Profile+
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