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.
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: