Mars Attacks!

The Mars Attacks trading card series was created by Topps in 1962. Product developer Len Brown, inspired by Wally Wood's cover for EC Comics Weird Science #16, pitched the idea to Woody Gelman.

Gelman and Brown created the story, with Brown writing the copy and rough sketches. They enlisted Wood himself to flesh out the sketches and Bob Powell to finish them. Norman Saunders painted the 55-card set.

The cards, which sold for five cents per pack of five, were test marketed by Topps through the dummy corporation Bubbles, Inc. under the name Attack From Space. Sales were sufficient to expand the marketing and the name was changed to Mars Attacks.

The cards sparked parental and community outrage over their graphic violence and implied sexuality. Topps responded initially by repainting 13 of the cards to reduce the gore and sexuality, then, following inquiries from a Connecticut district attorney, agreed to halt production.

... let's look at the kits surrounding this invasion...

Attacking
Martian
Screamin
Air Assault
Martian
Screamin
Contemplating
Conquest
Screamin
No Place
To Hide
Screamin
Slaughter In
The Streets
Screamin
Terror In
The Sky
Screamin


    
Screamin
Ad
Screamin
Trading Card
Set
Target
Earth
Screamin
ScreaminAction
Hobbies


Mooncrest
Models
Clay GuyJoe
Laudati
Monsters
In Motion
Dan
Christlier
UnknownFlascinder
Miniatures
Quarantine
Studio
Moebius


Killer KitsAlternative
Images
Mad LabMIMSkyhook
Models
Brian
McGuire
Jimmy
Flintstone


    
Action
Hobbies
UnknownConversion by
Yasutoshi
Joao
Almeida



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