Like many Horror Freaks who came of age in the 1980s, I had a sick fascination with Garbage Pail Kids, the satirical trading card/stickers that warped Xavier Robert’s Cabbage Patch Kids into nasty, morbid abominations. So it’s with more than a tinge of personal sadness that we’re announcing the passing of Jay Lynch, one of the artists who brought the gleefully hideous Garbage Pail Kids to life.
The New York Times reports:
Mr. Lynch, who had a wry, deadpan sense of humor, held strong views about the importance of underground comics, which differentiated themselves from the mainstream through raunchy and grotesque depictions of sex, drugs and violence. Over a few decades, Mr. Lynch illustrated Bazooka Joe comics; Garbage Pail Kids, which began as a satire of Cabbage Patch Kids; and Wacky Packages, which parodied consumer culture.
His cause of death, according to his family representative, was lung cancer.
The Garbage Pail Kids phenomenon was recently explored in the documentary 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story, directed Jeff Zapata and Joe Simko; it includes interviews with Mackenzie Astin, Aaron J. Booton, and Len Brown. Check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: In the 1980s a bunch of underground cartoonists parodied a popular doll. The resulting commercial product tapped into the international kid zeitgeist. That young generation felt that this product spoke to the revulsion they had for the corporate pop culture that was being fed to them.
Our sincerest condolences go out to Lynch’s fans, friends, and family. He was a visionary artist who will be missed.