IDW has been doing a lot with the Mars Attacks! franchise and having some incredible fun in doing it. They’ve had an ongoing series and even had the martians attack some of the most beloved franchises that are published by IDW. For those of us who are late to the game, they’ll now be publishing the first number of issues into one of the hardcover collections that just look gorgeous sitting on your shelf! Here is the press release from IDW:
IDW LIMITED ANNOUNCES MARS ATTACKS LIMITED-EDITION BOOK
Hardcover to Include Hand-Drawn Sketch Cards from Top Talent
May 30th, 2013 (San Diego) – IDW Limited announced plans for interstellar domination today, beginning with the Mars Attacks: Attack from Space Limited-Edition Hardcover (http://idwlimited.com/series/mars-attacks.html). The book collects the first five issues of the popular IDW comic series. Drawing on the rich card-based history by Topps, each of these highly collectible and rare books will be paired with hand-drawn sketch cards from a wide variety of artists, ranging from fine-art gallery painters to comic-book and trading-card artists. All of the sketch cards are official Mars Attacks sketch cards provided by Topps, and foil stamped exclusively for this limited-edition release.
“The new Mars Attacks comic has been an absolute blast!” says IDW Limited director Jerry Bennington. “And when we started designs for the limited edition, we wanted to make sure we celebrated not just the IDW comic, but the roots of the series as well. To us, that meant we had to do sketch cards, and we had to do them right.”
Working closely with Topps, IDW Limited has selected a wide variety of top creative talent to provide original, hand-illustrated as well as hand-painted sketch-card art for this special edition. Ranging in diverse style and background, the group assembled for this book is unrivaled in experience and talent. From series artist John McCrea to alternative gallery painter Apricot Mantle to popular trading-card artist Nar!, each participant brings a unique view and twist to the Mars Attacks universe.
“I grew up drawing ‘Mars Attacks my school’ on the back of my bio homework ,” says gallery artist Apricot Mantle. “To have the chance to be a part of this book, it’s almost unbelievable. I can’t wait for people to see what I have planned.”
The roster of artists selected for the first volume includes:
The book will be released in both Red and Blue Label offerings, with each edition being signed by the creative team of John Layman and John McCrea, housed in a custom-built tray case and paired with hand-drawn cards. Red Label books (250 total) will include one sketch card, while each Blue Label edition (50 total) will be packaged with a four-card puzzle-set.
Available for pre-order now, get your copy immediately earthlings!
MARS ATTACKS: ATTACK FROM SPACE DELUXE LIMITED EDITION (RED-$125.00; BLUE-$400; 124 pages; 11” x 7.3”; hardcover)
It sure seems like that IDW is coming out with a number of these books… and that’s a good thing! Some of these stories need this high-quality treatment as they definitely deserve it. And with Mars Attacks! you get a franchise that is… well, just plain fun! What are your thoughts on this release?