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BandAche - Wacky Packages 1st Series 1973 Band-Ache

1973 Wacky Packages 1st Series


band-ache strips off skin

Band-Ache Brand / Strips off Skin / Jerkson & Jerkson

Great Parody of Johnson & Johnson's "Band-Aid Strips" and their slogan "Keeps Skin Fresh"


Band-Ache Parody of Band-Aid "Keeps Skin Fresh"
band-ache strips off skin band-aid strips  skin stays fresh


BandAche is a tough sticker to find.  Mainly because Topps only printed one Band-Ache per sheet, when many other wacky packages titles appeared 2, 3, and even 6 times.   (See the 1st Series Production Sheet.)  Lavirus,   Mutts, & Paul Maul were also printed one per sheet.

After appearing in four different sets from 1967 to 1973, Band-Ache was dropped from the list of usable parody products in late 1973 during the original 5th Series run. 

About midway through the 5th Series, Topps ran out of the yellow wrappers which were used from the tail end of the 3rd Series and the entire 4th Series.   Topps printed up a zillion blue wrappers to be used for the 5th Series, 6th Series, & 7th Series.  These had an offer on the back for a "Wacky Wall Poster" which included the ENTIRE 1st Series, plus some repeats.  Basically, they were printing the Sticker Sheet as a poster.

But when kids (like me) ordered the Wacky Wall Poster through the mail, there was no BandAche.  And several other titles had been replaced with 2nd Series wackys.  I wrote to Topps, telling them they messed up.  That my poster DID NOT have the complete 1st Series like the wrapper said, and where was Band-Ache?  (I really really needed one.)

Topps replied with a nice letter explaining that several titles could no longer be produced, due to legal issues.  (sigh)  I'm still not over it.  The ad was corrected when the 8th Series orange wrappers came out, stating that the poster included MOST of the 1st Series wackys.

BandAche and several DieCuts were going to be revived in the 1979-1980 Reprint Series, but Wacky Packages production ended before the 1980 5th Reprint Series went to press.


1st Series 1st Series 1973 -- 30 Titles & Puzzle
band-ache strips off skin

Rough Concept by Art Spiegelman

Painting by Norm Saunders

1st Series 1st Series 1973 -- 30 Titles & Puzzle
Hard to Find Titles Band-Ache,   Lavirus,    Mutts,   Paul Maul
Least Common Titles Camals,   Cover Ghoul,    Dopey Whip,   Fink,   Grave Train,   Horrid,    Hostage Cupcakes,   Kook-Aid,   Liptorn,    Minute Lice,   Pure Hex,   Spray Nit,   Tied,   Vicejoy
Common Titles Chock Full O'Nuts,   Gadzooka,    Mrs. Klean,   Skimpy,   Quacker Oats
Overly Abundant Titles Breadcrust Hash,   Crust,    Duzn't,   Jail-O,   6up,   Maddie Boy,    Weakies

1st Series Variations


The stickers were printed on 4 different backings -- White (common), Tan (uncommon), Black Ludlow (rare), and Red Ludlow (rare).
Lost Wackys/ Unpublished Titles This 1973 first series of stickers is actually a reprint of the 1967 DieCuts.   There were 14 Titles dropped before the 1st Series started production, and one title, Janitor-in-a-Slum, which was never  published.
1st Series Rough Art Found Cover Ghoul  (1967)
1st Series Puzzle

1st Series Uncut Production Sheet 4-422-05-01-3
0-422-21-01-3 (Red)

0-422-85-01-3 (Red)


1st Series Display Box
1-422-40-01-3 (Purple)

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