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Kickstarter Spotlight: Mars Attacks: Occupation Trading Cards
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Kickstarter Spotlight: Mars Attacks!

Ack, Ack, Ack!

Just the mention of this Kickstarter for Mars Attacks: Occupation Trading Cards made me drag out the DVD from 1996. You know, just to set the mood. Well, anyway, this Kickstarter Spotlight is a lot different than most of the ones I’ve done in the past. The project was created by The Topps Company, and trust me when I say they know a thing or two about cards in general and these cards in particular.

Originally created in 1962, Mars Attacks! was a trading card collection before ever becoming a comic, movie, or merchandise franchise. It revived in the eighties, and again with the movie release. Well, it seems it’s time to breathe new life into it again. So read on to hear more about how you can help make this happen and to see the Kickstarter campaign video.

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Blu-ray Deal: The Tim Burton Collection
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The Tim Burton Collection Blu-ray

This week, Amazon has The Tim Burton Collection Blu-ray box set on sale for only $25.99 (that’s 57% off the list price of $59.99).

The 7-disc box set contains 7 of Burton’s films, as well as an all-new 64-page premium collectible hardcover book with rare, never-before-seen photos and illustrations.

– Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
– Beetlejuice
– Batman
– Batman Returns
– Mars Attacks!
– Corpse Bride
– Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Comic Review: Mars Attacks Judge Dredd #1
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Mars Attacks Judge Dredd #1Mars Attacks Judge Dredd #1
Written by Al Ewing
Art by John McCrea
Colored by Jay Fotos
Lettered by Tom B. Long
Covers by Greg Staples, John McCrea and Jay Fotos, Loston Wallace and Stephen Downer, Nav! and Thomas Mason
IDW Publishing
Release Date: September 11, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

Mars Attacks Judge Dredd #1 starts in a dark room with shadowy figures, talking about the mega-mafia. It quickly devolves into an argument about who is in charge, until a man shows up and says he is the only person to control the mega-mafia. A month later, Judge Dredd gets called in to help the North Sector with their troubles with the mega-mafia’s new plans.

The art, by John McCrea, is all over the place, sometimes clear as day, sometimes looking like a photograph from the ’40s. It works well with the writing though, and doesn’t interfere with reading the comic. The writing, by Al Ewing, doesn’t stand out in any way; it is clear and coherent, but not much else.

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The GoD List: Comics For April 17, 2013
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Each and every week, I, “Run to the hills” Henchman21, and “Run for your life” Empress Eve read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible… theoretically. Naturally, we look forward to some more than others. I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of our pull lists, grab some comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of April 17, 2013. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.

Let’s see, what do we have for you this week? We’ve got robots and teen heroes and vampires and so much more. And I ran out of time, but you had better plan on buying He-Man and the Masters of the Universe from DC Comics, because it’s going to be awesome and also because Battle Cat. So don’t forget to buy it and all the other great comics on this week’s GoD List!

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Sneak Peek: Topps Publishing First ‘Mars Attacks’ Story-Based Trading Cards Since 1962
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Mars Attacks

It has been more than fifty years since the publication of the first line of Topps’ Mars Attacks trading cards and the nationwide moral outrage over the cards’ graphic violence and implied sexuality that ensued. Kids thrilled to the gory images and monstrous Martian invaders, but parents and authority figures had a hairy fit. Topps attempted damage control by reissuing the cards with repainted art to take out the offending material, but the company ultimately suspended the line following inquiries from a Connecticut district attorney. The original cards became collector’s items.

In the years that followed, Topps turned Mars Attacks into a franchise of comic books and action figures and last year celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original line by reissuing the cards in an expanded set called Mars Attacks Heritage. Now, the company is bringing the controversial sci-fi card set back in grand style with the release of Mars Attacks: Invasion, the first story-based line since the original hit stores in 1962.

You can check out a few images from the Invasion set here below.

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The Martians Invade Classic Lit (Or Not) In ‘Mars Attacks: Classics Obliterated’
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Mars Attacks: Classics Obliterated

Last year saw the 50th anniversary of Mars Attacks, and during its celebrations the Martians have invaded the pages of several IDW comic book series, like KISS, Transformers, the Real Ghostbusters, and more. Now, this Summer, the aliens are set to invade classic literature!!!!

In what quite possibly could be yet another early April Fool’s Day joke from IDW (much like last year’s Mars Attacks Broadway), the publisher announced today (two full days ahead of April 1st) that next Mars will attack the literary worlds of Moby Dick, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Robinson Crusoe in Mars Attacks: Classics Obliterated.

The issue is even available now for pre-order at TFAW.

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Comic Review: Mars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters
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Mars Attacks The Real GhostbustersMars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Jose Holder
Colors by Jeremy Colwell
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Edited by Tom Waltz
Covers by Ray Dillon, Roy Guillory and Mike & Laura Allred
IDW Publishing
Release Date: January 16, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

This weeks chapter in IDW Publishing’s Mars Attacks crossover is Mars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters! TONS of fans have been waiting for a Real Ghostbusters comic, and I’m happy to say, it’s here and it doesn’t disappoint!

Writer Erik Burnham steps flawlessly from the monthly Ghostbusters title to this long-anticipated one-shot. First off, I can’t believe Sony let IDW do this, but I’m sure glad they did! Anyone who’s watched the Real Ghostbusters cartoon knows and loves these classic characters. They’re not quite as dead-on to the movie characters that Burnham writes so well on the monthly. But, they are true to the spirit of the cartoon, and it’s fantastic. Burnham comes up with a great way to involve the Martians into a modern day job for “the boys”, and it works on a lot of different levels. What’s especially pleasing is the winks and nods to the old Real Ghostubsters comic published in the ’80s. There’s the talking “No Ghost Logo” and what would a Real Ghostbusters comic be without SLIMER?! Wrong, that’s what. This is a fun, old-school read from start to finish!

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Comic Review: Mars Attacks KISS
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Mars Attacks KISSMars Attacks KISS
Written by Chris Ryall
Art by Alan Robinson
Colors by Jay Fotos
Cover Art by Ray Dillon
IDW Publishing
Release Date: January 9, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

Outside of my obsessions for heavy metal, sci-fi, and horror, I habitually find myself gravitating towards two distinct styles of media in entertainment: the dark, disgusting, and macabre; or the stupidity of plain ridiculousness and irreverent humor. So when fellow GoD of Thunder, Dave3, hurled out his list of comics available to review recently, it should be no surprise that my eyeballs became magnetized to a title that read Mars Attacks KISS.

I have been a KISS fan for 26 years, which is way more than half of my current lifespan, and so naturally my first two thoughts were, “Wait! Is this about the band KISS?” and “That is the most ridiculous comic title ever conceived – I love it”.

And it is indeed about the hard rock/heavy metal band I’ve obsessed over for nearly three decades – being faced with the skull-faced, brain-headed, ack-ack-speaking monstrosities from the film of the same name.

To put it guilelessly, when I scored this review for Geeks of Doom, it was like giving a jigsaw puzzle with alphabetized pieces to someone with OCD.

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Blu-ray Deal: The Tim Burton Collection
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The Tim Burton Collection Blu-ray

Right now, Amazon has The Tim Burton Collection Blu-ray box set on sale for only $28.99 (that’s 52% off the list price of $59.99).

The 7-disc box set contains 7 of Burton’s films:

– Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
– Beetlejuice
– Batman
– Batman Returns
– Mars Attacks!
– Corpse Bride
– Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Comic Review: Mars Attacks The Holidays
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Mars Attacks The HolidaysMars Attacks The Holidays
One-Shot
Written by Fred Hembeck, Bill Morrison, Ian Boothby & Dean Haspiel
Art by Fred Hembeck, Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez, Alan Robinson & Dean Haspiel
Colors by Phil Elliot, Ronda Pattinson, Kote Carvajal & Allen Passalaqua
Letters by Fred Hembeck & Chris Mowry
Covers by Bill Morrison, Dean Haspiel, Fred Hembeck, Phil Elliot, Alan Robinson, Kote Carvajal & Chris Giarrusso
IDW Publishing
Release Date: October 31, 2012
Cover Price: $7.99

Mars Attacks The Holidays runs the gambit. From goofy to heartbreaking and back again, it’s one heck of a great read. And I have to tip my hat to IDW Publishing for putting out an actual HOLIDAY special this year! They’re one ahead of any other company out there in that respect.

OK, there’s a LOT of ground to cover, so I’ll try and get right to it and not bog you down too much. First off, there’s four stories here, each representing a different holiday. Included are Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Fred Hembeck’s Halloween story is typical Fred Hembeck. It’s set in the 1950s and follows a Happy Days like family on a trick or treat excursion, and later a Halloween party where things go…awry, thanks to three Martians who tag along. It’s funny and goofy from the first panel to last, and is, in my opinion, the best in the book.

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