Terrifying Puppets Inspired by ’80s Pop Culture Icons

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Oh my god! Run! Mick Jagger’s giant lips are about to engulf you! What? Oh. False alarm. These are just caricatures of foam and latex, puppets used in an old satirical television show Spitting Image circa the mid 1980s. You may not have heard about because it was famous in England, mostly, save for that one Genesis video. Spotted by Nerdcore and profiled by Dead 2 Rights, the photographs of these amazing and bizarre puppets were featured in a 1984 book Spitting Images shot by John Lawrence Jones. Look inside for a Jesus-esque Bruce Springsteen, a demented Jack Nicholson, a near-psychedelic Pee-wee Herman and many more. Yikes. Also, wow!

Bruce Springsteen: For unto Us a Savior is Born in the U.S.A. Photo credit: Spitting Images, John Lawrence Jones

Leonard Nimoy: To Be Spock or Not To Be Spock? That Is the Question. Photo credit: Spitting Images, John Lawrence Jones

Jack Nicholson: Not Invited? But I’m Always Invited! Photo credit: Spitting Images, John Lawrence Jones

Mick Jagger: Rolling Stone Youth Formula- Removes Lines, Wrinkles, Moss! PPhoto credit: Spitting Images, John Lawrence Jones

Bette Midler – America’s Happiest Camper. Photo credit: Spitting Images, John Lawrence Jones

Bill Cosby: Call Him a Doctor? Okay. He’s a Doctor. Photo credit: Spitting Images, John Lawrence Jones

Barbara Streisand: The Biggest Star So Far (By a Nose). Photo credit: Spitting Images, John Lawrence Jones

Pee-wee Herman: Disney Just Drew Mickey Mouse. Pee-wee Is Mickey Mouse! Photo credit: Spitting Images, John Lawrence Jones

Muammar Al-Qaddafi: Radical Sheik. Photo credit: Spitting Images, John Lawrence Jones

Richard Pryor: A Blazing Talent Gone to the Dogs. Photo credit: Spitting Images, John Lawrence Jones