Sunday, October 7, 2012

Mars Attacks Magic

If you can forget Tim Burton's awful Mars Attacks movie, you'll be able to embrace this utterly fantastic book that puts all the released and unreleased Mars Attacks trading cards into one volume

Like their recent book covering the first five sets of Garbage Pail Kids trading cards, Topps' Mars Attacks book gives full respect to what can only be described as glorious pop art, art so subversive, so dark, it redefined the form. It's a tribute to the brilliant artists who pumped bloody life into the concept.

I love the marriage of sci-fi horror and sexuality here. There is no more intoxicating marriage.

 In addition to the card sets, the book features slabs of art from Mars Attacks comic books, artists who took a shot at it, and wrappers from both the US and the UK.

As Mars is currently being explored by an unmanned rover, one can only hope something as exotic and terrifying as these beings is discovered. 

Inside the book, director Burton is quoted: "The original [Mars Attacks] cards were so beautiful. They were really pure, not campy. They had a lurid quality that I like."

Really, Tim? A lurid quality that you like? 

Then why didn't we see any of that lurid quality in your campy pile of shit that decimated the spirit of the original cards?

 The good news is: The cards still exist in their original form. Mars Attacks still lives. Camp-face Burton can't touch them.

If you love the Mars Attacks concept as much as I do, add this treasure to your shelf.

And add this, too:


  1. jervaise brooke hamsterOctober 8, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    Phantom, Tim Burtons "Mars Attacks" (1996) may have been atrocious trash and incredibly disapointing but it was still a hundred times better than anything the British film industry has ever produced ! ! !.

  2. jervaise -- you don't believe this, but you say it anyway because you love to troll.

    I could name you a hundred British films better than 'Mars' and in your troll-free state you'd probably agree with my choices.

    Trouble is, your troll-free state got lost somewhere.

  3. jervaise brooke hamsterOctober 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Phantom, i most certainly do believe and know it to be true (totally, completely, whole-heartedly, and unreservedly). The one hundred British films that you could name would ALL be totally unwatchable to me (completely irrespective of w-HEATHER i was in my troll-free state or not). I know that the British film industry is an abomination of the lowest order and it must be destroyed with malice-a-fore-thought and extreme prejudice. By the way, my troll-free state does exist but the only people who know that version of me are me and Heather O`Rourke.

  4. Does the book make any mention of who wrote the backs of those cards? I love the art but the tiny stories on each card were masterpieces of economy and horror.