Mars Attacks (Topps)
This comprehensive book is the first-ever compilation of Mars Attacks, the infamous science-fiction trading card series produced by Topps in 1962—and includes four bonus trading cards.
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 preliminary sketches and artwork, including a facsimile of the original trading card mechanical on the inside back cover, with a reproduction of the 1962 handwriting from the original Topps production department
“The best thing about this 50th-anniversary book is that it frees Mars Attacks from rose-tinted memory.” —NPR.org
“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.” —Wired.com
“It’s a true gem of American pop culture history that should be a centerpiece on any true geek’s coffee table.” —Houston Press Art Attack blog