Wesley Morse drew Bazooka Joe comics for Topps for less than a decade (1954 debut) and then they figured out how to stretch is work even more after he died in 1963-his drawings ran until 1982! It looks like he did some other work for Topps as well, take a gander at the line work and style on this envelope:
(courtesy Jeff Shepherd)
I'm not positive but I think the 2 cents US postage metered rate ended sometime in 1958, so this looks like a mid 50's envelope. That traffic cop looks just like an amalgamation of Sarge and Herman from Bazooka Joe, doesn't it?
In 1969 Topps experimented with a foil Bazooka wrapper on what may have been a test of a nickel roll twin-pack (dig the markdown from Grant's), harkening back to the product launch in 1947:
I have no idea why they did this, nor why they brought back the sepia comics of yore:
Finally, on the heels of last week's waxy insert post, I thought I'd revisit this 1973 Bazooka comic inserts showing how Topps would sometimes gyp the kids with an ad instead of Bazooka Joe and His Gang:
Stay safe out there folks!
That envelope is really fantastic, with the image making it seem that this letter is an urgent priority. Thanks for sharing that.
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