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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Includes four Mars Attacks trading cards edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419704095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419704093
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The Topps Company, Inc., founded in 1938, is the preeminent creator and brand marketer of sports cards, entertainment products, and distinctive confectionery. Len Brown, former creative director at Topps—where he worked for over 40 years—is the co-creator of Mars Attacks. He lives in Texas. Zina Saunders is an author, illustrator, and animator. She lives in New York.

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The book is a treasure.
Trollbeard
Great book giving fine illustrations of each of the original MARS ATTACKS cards.
Doug Murray
Having said that, I love this book!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Trollbeard on September 18, 2012
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Can you smell the Bazooka Joe bubble gum?? I swear, Abrams somehow permeated this book with Eau-de-Bazooka Joe! Fantastic!
This is one amazing book! In every way! The dust wrapper is lovingly made with a semi-transparent paper that mimics the original Mars Attacks pack wrapper. The text, mostly by Len Brown who is well-known to us card, comic and monster-mag fans, presents the most in-depth portrait of Woody Gelman (of Topps and Nostalgia Press) that I've ever read. Zina Saunders, the daughter of the painter Norm Saunders who painted most of the finished cards over Bob Powell's pencils, also contributes an excellent and touching account of the "Mars Attacks" days with her dad. And the cards... these are the finest reproductions I've ever seen. Even better than the originals. I'm a big fan of Topps' 1994 reissue set, but this book's repros are the best. The original (and 1994 reissue) cards were about 2.5" x 3.5". The repros in this book are about 3" x 4.25". Needless to say, gorgeous repros of all 55 original cards, full page, with the back of the card on the facing page, are included. The card images are crystal clear. The reason? The book's repros are shot from the ORIGINAL TRANSPARENCIES! This is the ultimate Mars Attacks book!
Also included are the 11 cards from the extended 1994 set, as well as various other random magazine premiums and Screemin' cards.
The book is a treasure. I sold my set of Mars Attacks cards in 1965 for $1, and have regretted it ever since, but this book makes up for it. Thank you, Abrams!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JonJLL@aol.com on September 20, 2012
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In 1962 I was 8 years old and my downstairs neighbor (a wise and wizened 10 yr old) showed me this cool thing he had gotten-Mars Attacks cards! I was riveted and bought em up at every opportunity. They horrified me and I loved it-I laid awake at night convinced that passing traffic was the beginning of the invasion. Burning flesh, giant bugs, ice rays too much! "Burning Flesh" was the most popular card on Ocean Parkway.

At any rate when the internet was born my first search brought me to Zina Saunders Mars Attacks page. How cool was that-but still I wondered how come no coffee table book?

Well this aint a coffee table sized tome but it sure is grand-nostalgia pangs aside its a loving production that does justice to my inner 8 yr old still terrified of impending invasions from outer space-still mightily in love with Mars Attacks! Many thanks to all concerned.

(Now its time for a respectful movie-that includes giant bugs!)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TheEyesHaveIt on September 14, 2012
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Everything about this book oozes production value and attention to detail, from the semi-translucent paper stock chosen for the dust jacket, to the quality of reproductions inside. Has to be seen to be believed, much like the Mars Attacks series itself! A fitting tribute to the original cards and the artwork of Norman Saunders. Obviously a labor of love by someone at Abrams Books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grymsayre on October 8, 2012
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Loved the cards then, love the book now. I love it all the more because, seeing the cards presented this way, in sequence, one to a page, I noticed something I had not noticed before, something I might not have noticed in any other way. Back around 500 years ago, a popular subject for picture books was The Dance of Death. This was a series of vignettes of men and women from all walks of life, farmers, mechants, princes, beggars, encountering and being led away by the skeletal figure of Death. In effect it was a pictoral sermon on the topic of human mortality. Now come forward 500 years and look at Mars Attacks, a series of pictures of men and women from all walks of life being incinerated, crushed or otherwise done to death by skull-faced, big-brained aliens! Surely it is the same sermon all over again, re-imagined for the mid-twentieth century, infused with less piety, more violence and a hellofalot more giant bugs!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean on October 6, 2012
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This is a great book and the content is wonderful, but it would have been A+++ if it was larger like a coffee table sized book. The book is only 5 3/4" wide x 7 1/2" long which is pretty small. It would have been so nice to admire the art of the cards in a bigger format. Why it was made so small doesn't really make sense. The wax paper slipcover is really cool too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dannie Lennard on October 5, 2012
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The new TOPPS book about "Mars Attacks" is...well, TOPS. :)
High-quality, classy, great read. Brilliant visuals. Can't rave enough about it. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mrliteral VINE VOICE on September 24, 2012
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In the early days of film, movies were often adapted from books or plays. Nowadays, the sources tend to be more varied: old TV shows, video games, amusement park rides and comic books. It is pretty rare, however, to see a movie based on a set of trading cards, but back around the turn of the century, Tim Burton did a version of Mars Attacks. Now, Topps, the trading card company behind the original cards, has come out with a book celebrating them on their 50th anniversary.

Briefly, the history: in 1962, Topps came out with a set of 55 cards telling the story of a Martian invasion of Earth. The front of the cards would illustrate something from the invasion, typically, a relatively graphic version of the Martians (or their giant insect minions) killing people in creative and/or vicious manners. The back of the card would provide text describing what was going on.

From a storytelling standpoint, Mars Attacks has all sorts of plot holes, but with only the backs of 54 cards to tell the tale (the 55th was a checklist card), you can't expect true literary quality. From the standpoint of a pre-teen boy (the target audience), the story was probably better than Shakespeare.

This book gives the full history of the cards and the struggle against the so-called pillars of society who protested them. More than that, we get pictures of all the cards and their texts plus lots of supplemental art (and four exclusive trading cards as well!). If you're a fan of 1950s-style science fiction and the art that often accompanied it, this book is a pure pleasure.
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