Dynamite is making three announcements today in advance of the Emerald City Comicon. The first announcement is that they’ve partnered with The Topps Company to make new comics and graphic novels based on the cult classic Mars Attacks franchise. Dynamite is already the home of science fiction properties like Battlestar Galactica, Flash Gordon and Barbarella, adding the B-movie favorite is a good fit.
Nick Barrucci, CEO and publisher of Dynamite Entertainment, said:
We’ve been conquered! The Little Green Men of Mars Attacks have invaded the Dynamite offices… and we couldn’t be more thrilled. To work with the team at Topps, the premier name in trading card entertainment, is a dream come true. We have so many wild plans in the works. Keep watching the skies, folks — the Dynamite Mars Attacks® comics will be rocketing to your town sooner than you know!
While Mars Attacks originated as a trading card phenomenon during the 1960s Space Age, its inspiration actually stemmed from the horror and science fiction comic books of the time. The Wally Wood cover to Weird Science #16, published by EC Comics, famously piqued the imagination of product designer Len Brown, who — with Woody Gelman — developed the property for Topps. Released first as “Attack from Space”, the trading card line quickly was re-branded as Mars Attacks®, and its shocking imagery (illustrated by pulp legend Norm Saunders) at once scandalized adults and drove juveniles wild. Since its 1962 debut, Mars Attacks has invaded store shelves and movie theaters with reissued cards, comic books, and — of course — the 1996 Warner Bros. film, directed by Tim Burton and starring Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Danny DeVito, Michael J. Fox, and Natalie Portman.
Mars Attacks will be solicited in an upcoming issue of Diamond Previews catalog this fall.