Wacky Wednesdays – Baby Runt and Bustedfinger!

After missing last week’s Wacky Wednesday’s column, partly due to the road trip we were on, today I’m making the post a bit of a double-feature.  Today, I give you Bustedfinger and Baby Runt.

I chose these two vintage Wackys, as they are both based on Curtiss bars from the era, and ones which I always felt were linked.

Bustedfinger, based upon the timeless classic Butterfinger, is one of those Wacky Packages stickers that really comes out of left field.  Rather than a character, we only see an appendage.

Wacky Packages Series 3 - 1973 - Bustedfinger

And here is a wrapper that comes very close to matching the Wacky Package style:

Curtiss - Butterfinger 10-cent candy bar wrapper - 1970's

The wrapper example I have shows a printed-on price that the Wacky does not appear to include.  It was either an artist’s choice, or I may not have tracked down the right Butterfinger wrapper yet.

Next up is Baby Runt:

Wacky Packages - Series 6 - 1974 - Baby Runt

Here’s the closest original Baby Ruth wrapper I have to the one parodied above.  The Curtiss logo on my wrapper is blue, but the Wacky shows it to be red.  It’s certainly possible that I don’t have the exact version parodied, but this one is pretty close.

Curtiss - Baby Ruth candy bar wrapper - no price - 1970's

That’s all for today – come back tomorrow for a look back at a more sophisticated bit of confectionery goodness.

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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2 Responses to Wacky Wednesdays – Baby Runt and Bustedfinger!

  1. Jay M says:

    I think that you have the right Butterfinger wrapper. The artist most likely took off the 10 cents to make room for the “Broken Candy” otherwise the font would have been too small and hard to read.

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