The Annotated Wacky Packages All-New Series 3
 Base Set Cards

01. Cocoa Pups

'Cocoa Pups'

Art Stages

Rough Concept Drawing - click to enlarge Real Product  - click to enlarge Rough Concept Drawing
The principal elements of David Gross's playful send-up of Cocoa Puffs cereal were present in the rough sketch stage. The perspective on the box was later changed to make the top visible, allowing room for an additional gag; and some of the jokes suggested on the rough were replaced on the painting. In the final piece, the doppelganger of Sonny the Cuckoo Bird gained blue eyelids and a pot belly with a Band-Aid, while the feathers on his head were plucked.
Final Painting - click to enlargeFinal Painting
The richness of this painting was weakened by Topps' production process, which lightened it and pitched the hues into the yellow range.

Sharp-eyed observers have noted that the tail of a fifth puppy can be seen beyond the edge of the bowl.

The Topps Vault sold the finished art for "Cocoa Pups" for $2,832.22 in an eBay auction which ran from September 19 - 26, 2006.

Printed Card

Card Front - click to enlarge Card Back - click to enlarge Card Front & Back
The Top Right (TR) piece of the "Cap'n Crutch" puzzle is found on the back of "Cocoa Pups."

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