However, there is one Monster set that doesn't seem to be tied to Hallowe'en and it's 1974-75's Monster Tattoo. Harkening back to a classic 1962 issue (Monster Tatoo), Topps revived the vegetable dye wrapper interior classic with a modern touch. Consisting of two 30 subject series (Topps helpfully numbered each wrapper) these followed on the heels of a similar Wacky Packages Tattoo series of 1973-74. The Wacky tats sold for two cents and it's presumed the Monster Tattoos did as well (I have not seen a box).
Monster Tattoo wrappers are quite colorful:
The tattoos are typical Topps fare, drawn by Jack Davis. Here are examples with the "A" and "B" series numbering scheme (30 in each):
I nicked those images above from www.wacky-packages.net by the way.
So how do I know the set wasn't issued around Hallowe'en? Because of the original artwork:
They look just about ready to go to print at that point, no? That last bit is interesting as it looks like a 2 was changed to a 4 (although I think the 2 is just a check mark) but the real fun is the "Dec" notation. I'm not sure why a Monster set was being prepared for a winter release but the relative scarcity of examples makes it likely sales were poor. The Wacky Packages Tattoos are not that easy to find either but these seem more difficult. Did Jack Davis do all his artwork on couple of sheets and draw his own registration marks?!
These are popular; monster themed sets certainly draw a crowd!
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