You'll Die Laughing (1959)

(Bubbles, Inc. / Topps)


Monster cards. You'll Die Laughing.

Card Set

Set title: You'll Die Laughing
AKA: Funny Monsters
Set type: Trading card set. (Sold via wax packs.)
Producer: Bubbles, Inc. (AKA "Topps". See below.)
Year released: 1959
Cards in set: 66
Wrapper produced: Yes
Card cost (Nrmt): $2.50-$3.50
Set cost (Nrmt): $200-$250


Set Comments

The first of the great wave of monster cards. 1959 You'll Die Laughing (also known as "Funny Monsters") features generic monsters as well as altered classic horror & sci-fi movie monsters with illustrations by celebrated artist Jack Davis.

You'll Die Laughing (which takes it's name from the banner on the card's back) also set a tone for the many monster card sets to follow by parodying it's monsters.

This would prove to be a highly successful formula as parodies never seem to fail with the kiddies, and that by parodying the subject matter, the more gruesome horror elements could be avoided.

Though card backs state "Bubbles, Inc." as the set's producer, this set was produced by Topps. During this period, when Topps felt uneasy about putting their own name on a particular card set, they'd credit "Bubbles, Inc." on the product to distance the Topps brand name from any anticipated controversy.

A 1973 You'll Die Laughing set, also released by Topps, carried their standard "T.C.G." logo on the back.

The 1973 You'll Die Laughing set however employed black & white photography instead of color illustrations.


1959 You'll Die Laughing: Card Fronts
Monster cards featuring two-headed creature.
Monster cards wolf man card.

1959 You'll Die Laughing: Card Back
Monster cards You'll Die Laughing card back.

1959 You'll Die Laughing: Wrapper



1959 You'll Die Laughing: Box
Funny monsters trading cards box.
  1   I Just came back from the beauty parlor, can't you tell?
  2   I'd like a pair of eye glasses please!
  3   I'd like to buy a monster mask!
  4   By when I get a headache it's a beaut!
  5   Ma, did you call for a baby sitter?
  6   Doc, can I stop taking these reducing pills?
  7   Doc, Those hair growing pills sure worked!
  8   What d'ya mean, there are no man-eating plants in Bongo land?
  9   Boy, They sure got ugly girls in this neighborhood!
 10   So you really think you've re-discovered the Jekyll and Hyde formula, eh, Twombley?
 11   Earth monsters! Full speed back to Mars.
 12   What happened? You're white as a sheet?
 13   Our next speaker is an expert on plant life!
 14   What do you mean, Shirley, I'm not your type?
 15   Just one drink and I start seeing the strangest things.
 16   Wait till I try this on the next customer!
 17   I told you time and time again smoking will stunt your growth.
 18   I've got just the gift for the man who has everything.
 19   Let's tell scary stories.
 20   no caption
 21   Gulp! I don't know if I have blue suede shoes in your size.
 22   That's right.  Open nice and wide.
 23   Your whole family will enjoy this picture.
 24   Trick or Treat lady?
 25   ...and the Earth people are strange creatures with only one head!
 26   Start with the ankles.
 27   What have you got in a bred perfume that smells like blood?
 28   -- and no hitting below the belt.
 29   But Daddy, you always said two heads are better than one.
 30   Doc, I have terrible nightmares, I dream about Human Beings -
 31   I've got power steering, too.
 32   Two pairs, please!
 33   Dear, I have a surprise for you.
 34   I said you could beat up his Dad!
 35   Watch the Birdie!
 36   Look Ma, no cavities.
 37   So there's a fly in your room, so what?
 38   Lovely night, isn't it?
 39   What did you find in your prize package?
 40   Mr. Drustrum is in charge of weird stories.
 41   Did you say there was somebody on the phone, dear?
 42   Sure makes you look ugly!
 43   That department store - They're always sending me the wrong thing.
 44   I took 6 lessons.  How come I ain't popular yet?
 45   Those missionaries did a good job here.
 46   So I said to the witch doctor 'I dare you to shrink my head -'
 47   And wait till you see the view around the bend, dear.
 48   Waddaya mean, it's bad luck to walk under a ladder?
 49   Doc, you got to do something, everytime I smile I bite my nose!
 50   Pay no attention to him, dear.
 51   If you want anything -- scream.
 52   Can I borrow a cup of poison?
 53   Who put pepper in my bubble gum?
 54   Darn few arguments when Smedly umpires a game.
 55   How are your silly 'Invisible Man' experiments going, Henshaw?
 56   Do you believe in Humans?
 57   Would you wrap it as a gift, please!!
 58   I told you we dug too deep!
 59   You will soon meet a tall dark man.
 60   It's going to rain, I can feel it in my bones.
 61   There will be a slight additional charge, sir!
 62   Tsk, Tsk, How silly can TV get?
 63   I can't understand why girls don't like me!!
 64   C'mon Charlie, you can't fool me with that silly disguise.
 65   Hey, Hey!  Wait till they find out I'm the new baby sitter.
 66   This photographer does beautiful work.

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