First Look: Topps 'Hollywood Zombies' trading cards

San_zombie_l_2If you remember the Garbage Pail Kids trading cards of the ’80s, chances are some primordial lizard-brain memory will kick in when you see these new "Hollywood Zombies" trading cards being released by the same company, Topps. Harmless but pointed fun, gross-out humor without the R-rated sting, "Hollywood Zombies" depicts cartoon versions of celebrities such as "Paris Hellton," "Tom Ooze," "Sanjaya Malakarcass" (left), and "Scary-Kate and Trashly," the Olsen twins.

Drawn to resemble horror-movie versions of celebs, "Hollywood Zombies" (collect all 72!) actually have a semi-noble heritage. Topps, a trading-card company that made its fortune with baseball trading cards, branched out into non-sports cards starting in the ’70s, and employed  for its parody cards such eventually-famous artists as future Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman (Maus), frequent EW illustrator Drew Friedman, and underground cartoonists old and new such as Jay Lynch, Mark Newgarden, and James Warhola.

(After the jump, see "Britney Speared." Eww!)

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Brit_zombie_lThe question is, of course, do you or your friends collect tradingcards anymore? "Hollywood Zombies" (seven cards per pack) may be your wayback into this fine nostalgic enterprise. I’ll trade you a Tom Ooze(featuring a green, eyeball-dangling Cruise-like figure emerging from acoffin) for a "Deadly Show" card (that’s Jon Stewart, of course, withthe flesh melting off his face)… Ick; ha-ha!

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  • sarah

    Um, who’s going to buy this?

  • Drew

    Can you say hideous??? Who thought this was a good idea?

  • Robert

    Wow. Britney looks so much better now than she has recently.

  • Chuck_A

    Anyone who thinks these won’t sell must not remember the success of Topps Wacky Packages from the 70s.
    Kids will eat this up.

  • aramis

    Wasn’t there something like this in the 80s? Like Garbage Pale Kids or something. I remember there was a movie of it as well. And the trading cards were awesome. I think if those were popular then, these should be popular now.

  • thwarted

    Those are totally brilliant. Yay Topps!

  • ??

    So, do the celebs depicted get a cut from sales? Did the Topps Co. have to get permission to parody them? Curious minds want to know.

  • furry_tom

    I’m not a professional attorney but I am an amateur attorney, and I’m pretty sure that they don’t need permission to use their likeness (or have to pay them) specifically because it is a parody. At least that’s how I understand the law from watching People Vs. Larry Flynt.

  • Ceballos

    Yeah, I’m not so positive that kids will eat this up.
    I mean, I have a 13 year old brother, and I think I would have a hard time dragging him away from his PC/Wii/PSP to mess around with trading cards.
    Anyway, LOOK at these cards…are they even for kids? Or is this more aimed at nostalgic fans of the Garbage Pail Kids phenomenom. Methinks it’s probably the latter. But the question remains…what am I supposed to DO with these cards?

  • Ep Sato

    Agreed with Ceballos. Like comics and role playing games, methinks the non sports trading cards hit a peak in the 1990′s. Unless these are EXTREMELY limited in production or if one of the celebs becomes some sort of ghoul in real life, I can’t imagine these are going to do super well.
    On the other hand, I still have my Garbage Pail Kids boxed set (they re released the series a few years back) and could imagine purchasing these on an impulse purchase at an FYE or video game store. That is, if they are cheap and still come with the jawbreaking two year old bubble gum…

  • Winona

    Man, if I were nine years old again, I’d probably think these were cool… I’m sure they’ll sell – most likely to parents of said nine-year-olds who remember the Garbage Pail Kids and are for some reason waxing nostalgic.

  • Winona

    Man, if I were nine years old again, I’d probably think these were cool… I’m sure they’ll sell – most likely to parents of said nine-year-olds who remember the Garbage Pail Kids and are for some reason waxing nostalgic.

  • djm

    To Chuck A – I LOVED Wacky Packy stickers when I was a kid – I had so many of them it was insane. I went to a party a year or so ago and the host had a poster with all of the stickers on it framed – I wish I had one.

  • djm

    To Chuck A – I LOVED Wacky Packy stickers when I was a kid – I had so many of them it was insane. I went to a party a year or so ago and the host had a poster with all of the stickers on it framed – I wish I had one.

  • Ron Mexico

    Obviously, since I am an old timer now, I don’t really collect trading cards anymore. That said, given my disdain for the fame-hungry people mentioned in this article, I think I might be all over this collection.
    Oh, please do one for Fergie, give K-Fed his own, throw in Whoretney Love, include Lindsey, go after Wilmer, and don’t let up on Anna Nicole simply because she is dead. Oh, please!!!

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