Mars Attacks is a series of science fiction trading cards produced by Topps in 1962, depicting the gruesome invasion of Earth by Martians. The story unfolds over the course of the 55 card series, showing futuristic battle scenes with Martians, and their cruel, often bizarre methods of attack and torture. The series culminates with a human insurrection and the destruction of Mars. The short lived series retained it's devoted following and quickly became a collectors item and remains hugely popular and influential today. Tim Burton's 1996 movie adaptation of the story brought Mars Attacks back to the forefront of pop culture and the upcoming 50th anniversary in 2012 will do the same, introducing the story to a new generation of fans. The book Mars Attacks will be the only book ever created on the topic (the series was reprinted only once, 18 years ago in 1994 and is a collectors item). The book will include rare and never before seen material (sketches, concept art, test market materials), as well as an introduction by the series' creator, Len Brown, and an afterword by Zina Saunders, daughter of the original artist.
The Topps Company, Inc., founded in 1938, is an international company best known as a leading producer of trading cards and stickers. They are also known for Bazooka bubblegum, which was introduced in 1947. Len Brown, former creative director at Topps where he worked for over 40 years, is a writer and editor best known as the co creator of Mars Attacks & cocreator of the comic book series T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents. Zina Saunders is an author, illustrator and animator. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.