Artist extraordinaire Joe Jusko participated in the creation of Topps’ new trading card series, Mars Attacks: Invasion, through the creation of a killer subset entitled Man vs. Martian. NSU recently spoke to Jusko about Mars Attacks and beyond:
You are probably too young to have collected the original set when it came out, so when did you first become aware of Mars Attacks?
My older brother bought them, so they were always around the house. I’m not sure of the actual age I discovered them but I was definitely very young.
Two of Joe Jusko’s Man vs. Martian cards from Mars Attacks: Invasion
Do you have a favorite card from the classic set, one that really stands out?
Everyone remembers Destroying a Dog (#36) but I like #’s 17 [Beauty and the Beast] and 21 [Prize Captive] because the Martians were painted so well.
Did you contribute anything else beyond your stunning six-card subset to Invasion? Some of the creators involved with this set did special sketches and also signed autographs.
No. I’m not a big fan of sketch cards. I haven’t been asked to autograph any cards but would be happy to.
Now that you have completed Mars Attacks: Invasion, can you tell us what other projects you have lined up for the near future?
I have a major long term project I just started but I can’t talk about it until it’s officially announced. NSU will be excited; I can guarantee that.
For more of the Joe Jusko interview and Mars Attacks: Invasion, land on the latest October/November issue of Non-Sport Update magazine, available now.