Adam Bomb – Worldwide GPK Domination

Adam Bomb is the most iconic Garbage Pail Kid of all time.  He graces the front of countless U.S. and Foreign packs/wrappers, boxes, posters, advertisement literature, etc.  Here I will post all of the U.S. and Foreign Adam Bomb cards that I can think of.  I am sure I am missing some so please let me know if you know of any other Adam Bomb cards.

Garbage Pail Kids Adam Bomb U.S. Giant Card

Adam Bomb U.S. Giant GPK Card

The U.S. first series Garbage Pail Kids are 3.5″ x 2.5″ and have a die cuts.  The U.S. version of the cards came with two back variations; matte and glossy.  The UK 1st Series Garbage Pail Kids are smaller than the U.S. version (3.0″ x 2.1″) and are not die cut.

U.S. 1st Series Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kid

U.S. 1st Series Adam Bomb

UK Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kids Card

UK 1st Series Adam Bomb

In 1986 44 card test sets were released in Europe.  These sets consisted of only ‘a’ cards.  The test sets were found in Germany, Denmark, Holland, France, Jordan and Belgium.  The cards were smaller than U.S. Garbage Pail Kids and measured approximately 2.125″ x 3″.

German Test Series Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kids Card

German Test Set Adam Bomb

French Test Series Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kids Card

French Test Set Adam Bomb

Dutch Test Series Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kids Card

Dutch Test Set Adam Bomb

Below you will see the Australian and New Zealand versions of Adam Bomb.  Both cards are found in the 1st Series releases for the respective countries.  You will notice the main diference between the cards are the banners.  The Australian Adam Bomb uses a straight banner while the New Zealand version has a curved banner.  Both cards are smaller than U.S. versions and the same size as the UK version.

Australia Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kids Card

Australia 1st Series Adam Bomb

New Zealand Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kids Card

New Zealand Adam Bomb

Below is the French and Spanish versions of Adam Bomb.  Both cards are from the 1st Series releases.  Both versions of the card are 2.5″ x 3.5″ which is the same size as the U.S. version.

French Les Crados Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kids Card

French 1st Series Adam Bomb

Spanish La Pandilla Basura Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kids Card

Spanish 1st Series Adam Bomb

Next we have a couple offerings from South America; Argentina’s Alex Plosivo and Brazil’s Rambo Bomba.  Both versions of the card are 2.5″ x 3.5″ which is the same size as the U.S. version.  Notice that the Basuritas card has a die cut while the Gang Do Lixo card does not.

Adam Bomb - Argentina Garbage Pail Kids Card

Argentina - Adam Bomb

Brazil - Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kids Card

Brazil - Adam bomb

Up Next we have two of the coolest and rarest Adam Bombs; the Japanese Bukimi Kun and the Israeli Havurat Ha’zevel.  Both of these cards are the same size as the U.S. cards.  Very few Bukimi Kun cards are known to exist and the Israeli version of Adam Bomb also seems to be quite rare.

Adam Bomb Japanese Bukimi Kun Garbage Pail Kids Card

Japanese Bukimi Kun Adam bomb

Israeli Havurat Ha'zevel Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kids Card

Israeli Adam Bomb GPK Card

Here are a couple of Argentine Adam Bombs from the Basuritas and Monsters release and an Adam Bomb from the Chile Solo Adam Bomb release.  All of these South American Garbage Pail Kids cards are quite small and printed on very thin paper.

Argentina Basuritas and Monsters Adam Bomb GPK Card

Argentina Adam Bomb Certificate Card

Argentina Basuritas and Monsters Adam Bomb

Argentina Basuritas Adam Bomb

Chile Basuritas Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kids Card

Chile Solo Basuritas Adam Bomb

Italy had quite a few releases.  The card on the left is from the 1st series GPK release.  This card is 2.5″ x 3.5″.  The card on the right is from the Italy Mega Sgorbions release and measures 3.4″ x 4.8″.  Please note that there was a second series Mega Sgorbions released with an Adam Bomb having the identical front as the one seen below.

Italy Garbage Pail Kids Sgorbions Adam Bomb

Italy Sgorbions Adam Bomb

Italy Garbage Pail Kids Sgorbions Mega Adam Bomb

Italy Sgorbions Mega Adam Bomb

A series called Holiday Sgorbions was also released in Italy.  This set contained two Adam Bombs.  The one on the left is the Metallic Adam Bomb and measures 2.1″ x 2.7″ The card on the right is the Adam Bomb Tattoo and measures 1.7″ x 2.4″.

Italy Metallic Sgorbions Adam Bomb Card

Italy Holiday Metallic Adam Bomb

Italy Holiday Adam Bomb Tattoo Garbage Pail Kid

Italy Holiday Adam Bomb Tattoo

The I Mitici stamp set was also released in Italy.  The card on the left is from this set.  The card on the right is a lenticular Adam Bomb card that goes with the Italy Kakkones 1st series.

Italy I Mitici Adam Bomb Stamp Garbage Pail Kids

Italy I Mitici Adam Bomb Stamp

Italy Kakkones Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kids Card

Italy Kakkones Adam Bomb

The next two cards we have are the ANS Adam Bomb Releases from Argentina and Brazil.  At some point the Adam Bomb on a lot of the newer cards started looking more cartoonish than previous older versions.

Argentina Los Asquerositos Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kid Card

Los Asquerositos ANS Adam Bomb

Brazil ANS Gang Do Lixo Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kids Card

Brazil ANS Gang Do Lixo Adam Bomb

Here are a couple of lesser known versions of Adam Bomb from Europe.  Both Sweden and Finland released ANS1 sets which included silver foil sub-sets.  The first card in each sub-set was an Adam Bomb.

Finland ANS Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kid Card

Finland ANS Adam Bomb

Sweden ANS Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kids Card

Sweden ANS Adam Bomb

Next we have two Adam Bombs from the U.S. ANS1 release; one gold and one silver.  These were part of foil chase card sets for the U.S. ANS1 release.

U.S. ANS1 Gold Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kids Card

U.S. ANS1 Gold Adam Bomb

U.S. ANS1 Silver Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kids Card

U.S. ANS1 Silver Adam Bomb

On the left we have the gold foil Adam Bomb game card from ANS4.  On the right we have the gum wrap-around Adam Bomb which was found in ANS1.

ANS4 Adam Bomb Game Card Garbage Pail Kid

ANS4 Adam Bomb Game Card

ANS1 Adam Bomb Gum Wrap

Adam Bomb Gum Wrap

Up next on the left is the Adam Bomb Alphabet card that was found in ANS5.  Back to ANS4 we also have an Adam Bomb Tattoo as seen on the right.

ANS5 Adam Bomb Alphabet Garbage Pail Kids Card

ANS5 Adam Bomb Alphabet Card

ANS4 Adam Bomb Tattoo Card

ANS4 Adam Bomb Tattoo Card

In the U.S. ANS4 release Topps did this card to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the original Adam Bomb card printed in 1985.  On the right you see a Wacky Packages parody of Adam Bomb.

ANS4 Adam Bomb Anniversary Garbage Pail Kids Card

ANS4 Adam Bomb Anniversary Card

Wacky Packages Adam Bomb Card

Wacky Packages Adam Bomb Card

In 2010 Topps released the Garbage Pail Kids Flashbacks.  Card 3a was Adam Bomb.  There were multiple levels of parallel colored borders (yellow, green, pink, silver and gold).

Garbage Pail Kids Flashback Adam Bomb - Yellow

GPK Flashback Adam Bomb - Yellow

Garbage Pail Kids Flashback Adam Bomb - Green

GPK Flashback Adam Bomb - Green

Garbage Pail Kids Flashback Adam Bomb - Pink

GPK Flashback Adam Bomb - Pink

Garbage Pail Kids Flashback Adam Bomb - Pink

GPK Flashback Adam Bomb - Silver

There was also a Garbage Pail Kids Where Are They Now (WATN) sub-set included in the 2010 Flashback release.  Of course Adam Bomb was featured in this sub-set.

Adam Bomb Flashback WATN Yellow Garbage Pail Kids Card

Adam Bomb Flashback WATN Yellow

Adam Bomb Flashback WATN Green Garbage Pail Kids Card

Adam Bomb Flashback WATN Green

Adam Bomb Flashback WATN Pink Garbage Pail Kids Card

Adam Bomb Flashback WATN Pink

Adam Bomb Flashback WATN Silver Garbage Pail Kids Card

Adam Bomb Flashback WATN Silver

Now with the new Garbage Pail Kids Flashback 2 release hitting stores there will be many more Adam Bomb cards to come…

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4 comments


  1. -TCT

    Love it…AW!!! Like the clean look and content of this page.
    -TCT

  2. 0bisp0

    Nice collection.. The most comprehensive adam bomb post I’ve seen to date. It would have been nice to see this when I first embarqed on the foreign cards to know what I was getting into 🙂

    -Great Post

  3. UKRob

    Nice post, on a nice site. The only missing Adam Bomb i can think of, off the top of my head, is the F1 silver foil card the UK 2004 Gross card binder set.

  4. larry

    I love buying cards and Stickers

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