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:
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:
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!