Working with Topps, the publisher is bringing the classic trading card game Mars Attacks to audiences in a different way, from writer Kyle Starks (Rick and Morty, Rock Candy Mountain) and artist Chris Schweizer (The Creeps, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl). However, they'll still be using the exclamation point at the end, added by Tim Burton's 1996 film adaptation -- a parody of '50s B movies that failed both critically and financially, but remains a cult favorite.
"Mars Attacks! is coming back to comic stands and I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” said Starks in an official release. “I’ll be bringing my two-time Eisner nominated trademark humor and action to this totally awesome and classic franchise.”
The first issue of Mars Attacks! will focus on the character of Spencer, who, wanting to borrow money from his dad, finds himself in a struggle for humanity against the big-headed aliens from Mars.
"We’ve got award-winning cartoonist Chris Schweizer for art duties and he’s going to hit a home run,” added Starks. “Schweizer and Starks go together with Mars Attacks! as well as death rays and flying saucers. This is going to be bonkers hilarious, bombastically over-the-top fun."
When the debut issue crash-lands into comic shops this fall, it'll be available with a number of different variant covers by Tom Mandrake (The Spectre), Ruairí Coleman (KISS/Army of Darkness), Eoin Marron (James Bond: The Body), Robert Hack (Dr. Who), Chris Schweizer (The Creeps), and Ken Haeser (The Living Corpse). In addition, a blank "Authentix" version will be on sale, allowing readers to draw their own gruesome alien-related death scenarios.
“I’ve been waiting to see Dynamite’s take on Mars Attacks! for over a year and I’m so excited with what the creative team has done,” said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO & publisher. “I’ve been a fan ever since the 1962 trading cards and our series really reflects the tone of the original.”
Running for a total of 55 cards in the early '60s, Mars Attacks (created by Len Brown and Woody Gelman) depicted a horrific Martian invasion, which included giant insects and a dog set on fire by a Martian death ray. At the time, all the graphic imagery was considered over the top. But while the cards weren't a bestseller, they did garner a dedicated cult following over the years and have appreciated in value. Original cards can now cost somewhere above $3,000.
Beam down to the gallery below for a look at the main and variant covers for Mars Attacks! Issue #1, then let us know in the comments if you'll be adding this one to your pull list this October.