Mars Attacks: Invasion cards based on 1962 originals due to arrive this October.

Topps to publish Mars Attacks trading cards

Topps is launching a set of story-based trading cards based on the classic sci-fi property Mars Attacks.

The Mars Attacks: Invasion cards, due this October, will pay homage to the popular set from 1962 and "take the property into exciting new territory".

The set boasts a roster of talent including creator Earl Norem, master illustrator Joe Jusko and renowned painters Ed Repka, Glen Orbik, Gregory Staples and more to be announced.

63 cards will be designed and the set will be divided into themed subsets that combine to tell the story of an alien apocalypse.

Topps will also provide fans with the opportunity to find original 1962 Mars Attacks trading cards randomly inserted into packs.

Additional chase subsets and collector-driven inserts will be detailed in the coming months.

"Last year’s Heritage re-issue was a smash hit with fans,” said Topps’ Adam Levine, who has overseen the recent resurgence of Mars Attacks. “And this brand new series is what we’ve been building to.

"It will be a fresh re-imagining of the original series and will stay faithful to Mars Attacks’ pulpy, classic sci-fi roots. This means all-new, traditionally hand-painted cards illustrated by a group of artists carefully selected to carry forward creator Norm Saunders’ legacy." 

Series editor David Waldeck added: "Topps hasn’t done a set like this in more than 20 years. 

"It’s a return to the days when trading cards hooked audiences with incredible imagery and imaginative storytelling. 

"We’ve loaded the set with everything fans know and love about Mars Attacks: giant insects, flying saucers, ray guns, robots, damsels and death rays."

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