Wacky Wednesdays – 3 Mosquitoes!

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:

Wacky Packages Series 9 – 1974 – 3 Mosquitoes

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:

M&M Mars – 3 Musketeers candy bar wrapper – 1970’s

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!

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 – 3 Mosquitoes!

  1. Pingback: Wacky Wednesdays – 3 Racketeers! | CollectingCandy.com

  2. Jeff says:

    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

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