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Animal getting a taste of POP/Rocky

POP/Rocky was Germany's second largest pop-culture/teen magazine, available from the 1970s into the 1990s. It went through several magazine mergers, and was last available under the name Popcorn.

Because of the popularity of Die Muppet Show and the German dub of The Muppet Movie, the biweekly magazine featured the Muppets on a collector's series of ten exclusive fold-out posters shot by commercial photographer Charles Wilp. They were included in issues #13/1980 through #22/1980, spanning from August to December of 1980.

The final issue of the series not only featured Miss Piggy on the poster, but on the magazine cover as well. A two-page article accompanied the issue, including an interview with Jim Henson, a short outlook on season five of The Muppet Show, alternate photos of the characters from the poster shoot giving "their opinions" of the magazine and a couple of short "predictions" of what their future would hold in 1981, as well as a Jim Henson drawing of "Poppie," a basic caricature of photographer Wilp.

In the interview, Henson mentions how the cast and crew would have liked to welcome Elvis Presley and Brigitte Bardot as guest stars on The Muppet Show. In relation to this, he suggests an opportunity for more German guest stars beside Elke Sommer, but claims that he cannot yet say who they would try to invite.

A smaller size poster from the same photo shoot showing Miss Piggy and Kermit reading the magazine was included in a later issue (#17/1981). A poster of the same size, showing a Muppet group shot from an earlier season of the show, was presumably included in an earlier issue.

Exclusive large size posters

The size for each of the ten posters is DIN A2 (42,0 x 59,4 cm / 16.5 x 23.3 in).

Exclusive medium size posters

The size for each of these posters is DIN A3 (29,7 × 42,0 cm / 11.7 x 16.5 in).

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