Last month Jay at Monsterama posted about a set of "Three Dimensional" monster stickers he had as a kid...
In the comments he said "Anyone else out there have a different set of these? If so, Ribs and I want to know what the monsters names were!" and I knew this was a challenge worthy of my super clutter-keeping powers. So ignoring all professional and family obligations, I decided to tear apart my closet, garage, and toy room. And I found nothing. BUT then it occurred to me to check yet another closet and yes, YES there they were! H Ahah a haha!!
Completely unrelated: have you ever squandered precious life over anything horrifically ridiculous?
Well, I own exactly three stickers that weren't included on his set. So Jay, please brace yourself because here come the ingenious monster names you asked about. In just seconds the raging curiosity that has eaten away at you for decades will be instantly and completely placated. Prepare to get BLOWN AWAY!
First up, we have—THE MUMMY!
But you knew about that one because it was on your header card. Ok, ok, fair enough. Then let me introduce you to a little lady that I like to call—WICKED WITCH!
And lastly it is my pleasure to unveil this devious fellow, goes by the name of—DRACULA!
Or maybe it's DraANla, I can't really read it.
You are very welcome my fellow blogger! And I am the winner of the universe for finding these!
Just for grins, here are my versions of the other two...
Note the shape of the 'sticker backs' they are on. I did not cut these out; this is exactly how they came. I'm thinking an Asian hand holding a pair of scissors made those cuts back in the 70s.
Anyway. These are obviously atrocities. To quote Enid from Ghost World they are so bad they've gone past good and back to bad again. Even as a child I found the art purely hate-able. Nostalgia and their monster-ness are the only aspects that redeem them for me now. I remember getting I-Oneman out of a gumball machine when I was a kid and I felt uneasy by the sight of it. I also remember getting a kick out of seeing the rest of this mysterious series. (I've accidentally owned other sets of these in the past.) And FYI, the ones I pictured are actually smaller versions than my first vending machine one and the ones on Jay's card.
These are exactly the kind of thing that get trapped in a culture's subconscious. Few people know where they've seen them before or where they came from, but these images will be rattling around in our skulls until we die. I don't even remember where I got my set (and I certainly didn't remember where I stored it) but I wouldn't be surprised if somehow I produced it straight out of my own mind.
UPDATE: Here are a couple more images via current ebay auctions...
(The mix of traditional and made-up monsters is pretty interesting)