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Mars Attacks (Topps) Hardcover – October 1, 2012
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- Publisher : Harry N. Abrams; Includes four Mars Attacks trading cards edition (October 1, 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1419704095
- ISBN-13 : 978-1419704093
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 7.13 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #76,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!!
Onto the book itself the original 55 cards are printed with the "backs" coated in a spot matte finish and the "fronts" with a spot gloss finish to simulate the original card style. It also shows a few other Mars Attacks spin offs and a censored set that looks absolutely hilarious. The book has a giant wax wrapper as the dust cover and includes 4 new cards (not by the original artists). Overall it's a cool book, just wish it were longer and more indepth on the societal aspects of it's limited but "shocking" (at the time) release.
And if you happen to wonder, no the original Mars Attacks doesn't have anything to do with that movie.
Mars Attacks, one of the most violent, lurid and outrageous cards sets ever produced. Back then we wouldn't show our Moms what they were.
"Destroying a Dog" was the card that made me hate the Martians the most. I felt bad for the kid attacking the Martian because you knew he'd be fried next. As most have stated, this is the next best to having an original card set!!
By Charles on May 1, 2021
This book features every card in the series in full color, many that I had never seen before, along with preliminary sketches, alternate versions and modern homage designs. The backstory, the history and development of the series, insights into the processes and the artists all come together to complete a wonderful understanding of this peculiar series.
My only gripe is that the book has a fairly small page size and uses a smaller type size than I would like, making reading all of the yummy copy a bid of a drudge. Buck up, Zippy, get some reading glasses if you're older 50, and buy this book!
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All of this was done below my Dad's radar - he'd already made me burn my entire collection of Horror comics because he thought they'd be bad for my impressionable young mind (to be fair, he paid me quite a lot of cash to do this!). But the Mars Attacks cards were MUCH more gory, and some of them were verging on the erotic. Dad would NOT have approved, but I wanted to keep my cards, so he didn't find out about them. And I didn't turn out to be TOO much of a psycho (I have a doctor's note to prove it).
Bring back any memories? If so, then like me you're probably of the age when you develop a strange obsession with this nostalgic stuff, and this is the book for you.
For me, this really is the ultimate Mars Attack book. You get the entire collection of cards (front and reverse) in handy book format, printed on quality paper, and you also get a massive host of extras: Concept art, background information etc. You also get the second series which was produced a few years before the Tim Burton movie, illustrations from the spin-off comic books, and even four bonus cards!
There's nothing here not to like. Whether you're an antique like me, or a young whippersnapper who discovered a later incarnation of the cards, if you're a Mars Attacks fan, this is for you.
PS Please forgive my one-handed video (non)skills! But I wanted to give you a sort of 'virtual browse.'
It even still had the collectable card pack still attached to the inside of the back page. Great illustrations.
Including sketches of the pics created during production, and great little anecdotes from the original producers.
They have also given some exclusive cards at the rear of the book which is an added bonus.
Awesome book that is outta' of this world.
Nice wax dust jacket (although my copies was misding) idea and 4 sample cards (reprinted) .
A must for a fan of thr era and Mars Attacks.
Lets hope theres more diffrent set up for this type of treatment. Monster Laffs and the James Bond sets spring to mind