Mars Attacks

Mars Attacks

Book - 2012
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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mars Attacks, this comprehensive book is the first-ever compilation of the infamous science-fiction trading card series produced by Topps in 1962. Edgy, subversive, and darkly comedic, this over-the-top series depicting a Martian invasion of Earth has a loyal following and continues to win new generations of fans. For the first time, this book brings together high-quality reproductions of the entire original series, as well as the hard-to-find sequel from 1994, rare and never-before-seen sketches, concept art, and test market materials. Also included are an introduction by series co-creator Len Brown and an afterword by Zina Saunders, daughter of the original artist, providing an insider's behind-the-scenes view of the bizarre and compelling world of Mars Attacks.

Includes four Mars Attacks trading cards.

Includes preliminary sketches and artwork, including a facsimile of the original trading card mechanical on the inside back cover, with reproduction of the 1962 handwriting from the original Topps production department.

Praise for Mars Attacks:

"The best thing about this 50th-anniversary book is that it frees Mars Attacks from rose-tinted memory."

"The work produced by writer Len Brown and artist Norm Saunders, collected now in the anthology Mars Attacks: 50th Anniversary Collection . . . continues to pass muster as a lurid snapshot of sci-fi paranoia at its most pulp-fictiony."

"It's like a mini-museum of alien grotesquerie between two solid covers, depicting all the iterations of the series, with further treatments by modern illustrators, and sketchbook reproductions, and names, dates, and times. Oh, and? And there are four bonus trading cards included with each copy of this graphic and texty artifact."

"It's a true gem of American pop culture history that should be a centerpiece on any true geek's coffee table." --The Houston Press Art Attack blog

Publisher: New York : Abrams ComicArts, 2012
ISBN: 9781419704093
Characteristics: 221 p. : ill. (mostly col.) ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Topps Chewing Gum, Inc


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Sep 24, 2015

The description above is really excellent though I wonder what the library did with the four Mars Attacks trading cards that are supposed have been included with each book?
I was a really little kid when these cards were on the market and can't remember if I ever saw any of them. I did buy bubble gum cards and chewed bubble gum and even learned how to blow bubbles.
I remember many different kinds. I didn't know anything about sports so the baseball and football cards weren't of much interest to me. SciFi cards like these would have had a lot of interest for me. I don't remember having any collections.
When I saw the movie of Mars Attacks with President Jack Nicholson I just assumed this movie was a spoof of the movie Independence Day which in turn had borrowed heavily from the 1950s movie based on H.G. Wells 19th century book War of the Worlds.
I thought the Martians had been designed for the movie. I remember finding them both silly and scary. But mostly silly.
As soon as I noticed the cover of this book I instantly recognized them from the movie.
I was surprised they were originally from early 60s bubble gum cards.
I enjoyed the book very much and read it from cover to cover in one sitting.
The movie did not have I believe the giant insects that the Martians created to terrorize the Earth on the cards.
I think the commentary in the book mentions they may have been based on the giant ants from the movie THEM.
Interestingly the first movie version of STARSHIP TROOPERS does have giant insects. Though if I recall correctly in the book of Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein the alien insects were not gigantic and were somewhat humanoid though definitely insect. So it makes me think the giant insects in these Mars Attacks cards my have been the inspiration for the giant insects in the original Starship Troopers movie.
This book would probably be getting checked out and read a lot more if it were placed in the comic book/graphic novel section instead of the art section.
I can recommend it wholeheartedly.


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