Media Release — Dynamite Entertainment and The Topps Company have announced their partnership to develop new comic books and graphic novels for the cult classic Mars Attacks franchise. Dynamite, a leading publisher of licensed science fiction and horror properties including Battlestar Galactica, Army of Darkness, Flash Gordon, and Barbarella, eagerly welcomes the outrageously irreverent spoof of 1950s B-movie sci-fi flicks into its stable with new projects planned for release in Fall 2018.
Nick Barrucci, CEO and publisher of Dynamite Entertainment, says, “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!”
“Dynamite has the deep appreciation of Mars Attacks that we look for in a partner. Their passion, imagination, and twisted sense of humor are sure to translate into heart-pounding stories with riveting artwork. Comics and Mars Attacks fans are in for a thrilling joy ride,” says Ira Friedman, Topps Vice President/Global Licensing.
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 the PREVIEWS catalog.
About Dynamite Entertainment:
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.