(ed:..no..it’s not old-al..silly you..!..)
“..America’s Cold War paranoia bubbled over in the early sixties when a chewing gum company famous for making baseball cards added bloodthirsty aliens to its repertoire.
The Mars Attacks card art, introduced in 1962, proved too graphic for gatekeepers of public taste -
- and Topps Chewing Gum shut down production of the short-lived 55-card series – after a Connecticut district attorney complained that the artwork was “unsuitable for children.”
This Mars Attacks: 50th Anniversary Collection cover art is based on the original 1962 trading card wrapper.
Fifty years later, thanks to the Curiosity mission, we know what it actually looks like when human civilization touches down on Mars -
- and it has nothing to do with the swollen-head psychopaths depicted in the “Earthmen Land on Mars” scenario pictured (in link).
But the work produced by writer Len Brown and artist Norm Saunders, collected now in the anthology Mars Attacks: 50th Anniversary Collection — out Monday —
- continues to pass muster as a lurid snapshot of sci-fi paranoia at its most pulp-fictiony…”
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