Seriously Bad Taste Merchandise

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  1. Swifty

    Swifty The Great Glass Elevator

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    This all goes back to the 50's USA sensationalised horror comics scene that parents were horrified about, I think FT magazine did an article on that once, the EC comics and the like .. I used to buy Scream comic in the early 80's that was suitably dark, weird and sometime gory but other than that we had to wait for films like Creepshow to keep the candle burning .. about the same time, my parents took us to Tenerife on holiday and I bought a load of EC type comics from a magazine stall that also sold hardcore sex (including bestiality) magazines .. and I was only about ten year old FFS! .. happy times :smoke:

     
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    GNC King-Sized Canary

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    The moral panic about horror comics was led by Dr Fredric Wertham, a man who was so obsessed with sex and violence that he saw it everywhere, to the point that they should have been concerned about his sanity. He thought there were vaginas drawn on superheroes' muscles, for instance. But a lot of people were taken in by him.
     
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    AlchoPwn Devoted Cultist

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    IDK if this is what you meant:

    But it seems like bad taste to me.
     
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    Xanatic* Justified & Ancient

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    I once saw an LCD game where you attempted to fly an airplane into the World Trade Center. With a picture of Bin Laden on the casing.
     
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  5. Zeke Newbold

    Zeke Newbold Carbon based biped.

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    Blimey, I never thought this thread would take off so! It doesn't half make me feel old though! It seems I'm a good decade too past it to have grown up on the Garbage Pail Kids. (I presume this was a skit on The Cabbage Patch dolls? If so, I'm darkly amused)!

    One consolation is that I'm still too fresh out of thew womb to recall postcards of train crashes and the like.The friend who mentioned them to me implied that they were being phased out in the seventies and could only be found still in the small rural town that he grew up in.

    (Well, at least they didn't have swastikas on them!)
     
  6. Yithian

    Yithian Incredulous Staff Member

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    I read bits and pieces of local history and I very often find postcards of floods, fires and train crashes--usually the aftermaths. The seem to be most common in the period 1900 to 1945 in the UK, and the date/year and location is almost always recorded--often on the rear but also on the front as a caption. I think that along with civic events they were used to mark the passage of local time as, where I am from, the great storm of '87 and the standstill from that year's epic snow are still recalled. The repeated observation and 'cultural currency' of such events are what bound smaller communities, back when they were worthy of such a title: knowledge and first-hand experience of these disasters marked one as an insider, not an incomer, and denoted longevity and by association wisdom, back when such things mattered.

    http://www.kentonline.co.uk/maidstone/news/remembering-the-1987-whiteout-118663/

    Let's not forget either that at that time postcards were in much greater functional use. They would be used to acknowledge receipt of a gift, make arrangements for visits or send advice--more postcards were in circulation, and although many were blank, mass photography would now adorn a simple missive as a commemorative stamp might enliven an envelope.
     
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    Bigphoot2 Justified & Ancient

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    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ...

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    Yes ... The Garbage Pail Kids were a satirical take-off on the Cabbage Patch Kids craze of the time.
     
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    Vardoger Skeptical by nature

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    Swifty The Great Glass Elevator

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