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Mars Attacks (1962)

 
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Bogmeister
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:06 pm    Post subject: Mars Attacks (1962) Reply with quote



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The famous card set released (and quickly withdrawn) by Topps in 1962: Mars Attacks!

It's come to my attention recently that the plot of the card set was lifted from a sequel to War of the Worlds which was written way back in 1898.

Back then, the Boston Post serialized an unauthorized sequel to HG Wells' tale called Edison's Conquest of Mars. In the plot, hero Thomas Edison led a fighting force all the way to Mars to finish the war with the Martians.

Now, flash forward 64 years to 1962; Topps releases the card set. Here are the last cards in the set:






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Bud Brewster
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always loved the scope and boldness of the story these cards told. First, a Martian invasion of epic proportons, then a human retaliation that ends up destroying Mars!

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I wish that silly movie had used this story instead of the meandering nonsense we got. The only thing Burton did right was his depiction of the Martians.

And hey, don't you love the way the soldiers in the pictures above wear their combat helmets under their glass space helmets? You can't be too careful when you're battling Martians!

You can see the entire card set by clicking on the image below and then scrolling down to click on the tiny, pale letters that say You can see the entire Mars Attacks card set here.
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Gord Green
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the way, EDISON'S CONQUEST OF MARS is also available for free on Librovox.

https://librivox.org/edisons-conquest-of-mars-by-garrett-p-serviss/

A bit dated, but fun to listen to!
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Custer
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice - a 194 MB download, and pretty quick. Garrett P. Serviss did write some other sf, over a hundred years ago: The Sky Pirate, Columbus of Space, and The Second Deluge. I like the way Librivox notes that "The book was endorsed by Thomas Edison, the hero of the book -- though not by Wells." Slightly trimmed, the tale appeared as a seven-part serial in 1972 in the Perry Rhodan series, from #16.

I'm glad that it's fun to listen to - "Serviss with a smile," you could say...
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