Dredging Pop Culture Past For Madballs Vs. Garbage Pail Kids?! Dynamite Entertainment July 2022 Solicitations Spoilers!


Dredging Pop Culture Past For Madballs Vs. Garbage Pail Kids?!

Dynamite Entertainment July 2022 Solicitations Spoilers!

Did not see this one coming.

Dynamite reports.

The Madballs™ & Garbage Pail Kids Clash in

All-Out War Historic Multimedia Crossover!

…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!

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.”

For their part, Cloudco Entertainment’s Madballs first crashed into collectors’ lives the following year with their irregularly shaped toy foam balls. Ghastly faces, grotesque names, and ghoulish attitudes made them an instant hit, with Madballs selling tens of millions of toys and spawning their own animated specials and extensive product lines.

“Madballs vs Garbage Pail Kids has been one of my favorite projects to-date,” said Carlos Villagra, Creative Director of Cloudco Entertainment. “Growing up with these gross, wacky, nasty brands in the 80s, and then being able to bring them to life through an awesome collaboration with Dynamite – the whole experience has really been a dream come true.”

Now Dynamite invites fans to watch the two collide!

“We can’t wait for fans to get their hands on this crossover bursting with energy,” said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. “We promise the comic book doesn’t drip with slime, but maybe we should figure out how to make that happen!”

MADBALLS™ VS. GARBAGE PAIL KIDS #1 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ May 2022 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in July 2022. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the issue with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!

A few interior pages have also been released via a teaser preview.


John is a long-time pop culture fan, comics historian, and blogger. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief at Comics Nexus. Prior to being EIC he has produced several column series including DEMYTHIFY, NEAR MINT MEMORIES and the ONE FAN'S TRIALS at the Nexus plus a stint at Bleeding Cool producing the COMICS REALISM column. As BabosScribe, John is active on his twitter account, his facebook page, his instagram feed and welcomes any and all feedback. Bring it on!