Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Big Orange Spider


  1. Beautiful Norman Saunders painting for Topps Mars Attacks gum card set. Mr. Saunders was an incredible early influence on someone of my age and interests; his work was everywhere on stuff I liked as a kid. I believe he was paid the stately fee of $1/hour (minimum wage) for this and most of his other Gum Card work. I am guessing he painted 2-3 or more of these gems a day.

  2. I didn't know he was so prolific at painting. I have 3 or 4 (at least) other large-sized images of his work from the Mars Attacks gum card set. Only recently did I find out he also painted many of the Wacky Pack cards.

    Loved all that stuff as a kid... and still do !

  3. and Ugly Stickers, and Battle, and Nutty Initials, and Batman Cards, and a ton of Pulp and Men's adventure covers. He turned down illustrating Little Annie Fanny for Hefner!

  4. Wow, Ugly stickers and Nutty initials - lots of memories.

    Too bad, I would have liked to have seen a Little Annie Fanny done by Saunders.


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