With sales of Bazooka bubble gum down, Bazooka Candy Brands announced in November of 2012 that they will no longer include the comic strip in their packaging. The new wrapper will include brain teasers, instructions, and codes that can be used to unlock videos and video games. The company stated that Bazooka Joe and other characters will occasionally appear on the new packaging.
I was always a little disturbed by Bazooka Joe and his Gang. They were a pretty damaged group of kids. Joe himself wore an eye patch and his buddy Mort always wore a red turtleneck sweater with the turtleneck part pulled up to hide the lower half of his face. I used to wonder if maybe Mort lost in his jaw in the same catastrophe that Joe lost his eye. RIP.