“During the course of his remarkable, 40+ years at Topps, Len Brown helped shape hundreds of Topps products, from Ugly Stickers to Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages,” said Ira Friedman, Topps VP of Global Licensing. “He spearheaded many legendary sets, collaborating with artists the likes of Basil Wolverton, Jack Davis, Norm Saunders and Art Spiegelman, among many others–and in his spare time created the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents comic book with Wally Wood for Tower Comics. We’re thrilled that Len has agreed to add his signature to our 50th Anniversary card set so that fans can have the chance to own an authentic piece of Mars Attacks history.”
According to Topps, Brown will be signing 10 foil-stamped parallel of each of the 55 cards from the reissued base set, for a total of 550 autographs, randomly inserted into packs. Each of these parallel cards will also be hand numbered 1 through 10.
“Never would I have imagined that Mars Attacks would be so popular and its fans so passionate fifty years later,” said Brown, the sole surviving creator of Mars Attacks. “I’m delighted to be lending my pen to these cards, and hope fans will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed working on the original series all those years ago.”
Be sure to pick-up a copy of the Aug/Sep ’12 issue of Non-Sport Update, shipping in July. The issue will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Mars Attacks with many features and columns devoted to the series.