All 55 of the original Mars Attacks bubblegum cards, later to inspire the Tim Burton movie of the same name, have been uploaded to Flickr for your appreciation.
I really rather like the Burton film. You’ll recognise a lot of its plot points and most memorable bits in the cards.
Wikipedia sum up the creation of the cards quite succinctly:
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 created rough sketches. They enlisted Wood to flesh out the sketches and Bob Powell to finish them. Norman Saunders painted the 55-card set.
Probably took a dozen people to write that. Rude not to use it.
The cards got a sequel of sorts, another series called Dinosaur Attacks. I was hoping that Jonathan Gems and Tim Burton would get to bring that to the big screen too, but for whatever reason, Mars Attacks wasn’t sufficiently money spinning. I blame idiots.
According to Boing Boing, the cards were uploaded by one Keith Bates. Thanks, Keith.