Saturday, April 10, 2010

Mars Attacks Image #1

Publication date: December 1, 1996

Story: Keith Giffen
Art: Andy Smith & Bill Sienkiewicz
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Color: I.H.O.C.
Film output: Studio Colour Group
Editor: Erik Larsen
Assistant Editor: Garret Chin


Remember that shitty movie from the '90s where Jack Nicholson and Tom Jones and Pierce Brosnan fought a bunch of really bad-looking CG aliens from Mars?

Well, it’s like that, except instead of washed up actors nobody cares about anymore, it’s full of washed-up comic book characters nobody cares about anymore.

As a Martian invades an alley in New York, he fires a laser at a dog. Raph plummets down from the rooftop to stop him. He doesn’t make it even remotely on time and the dog gets shot to death.

You suck, Raph.

Turtle Tips:

*This cameo could conceivably take place just about anywhere in the Turtles' timeline, but looking at it from the point of view of the Image series, it should take place before TMNT (Vol. 3) #1, since Raph isn't disfigured.


Well, it’s good to know that Image got their mileage out of the TMNT during their short tenure with the company.

Here’s the panel:

We're done here.

Grade: K (as in, “Keith Giffen must have needed to pay some serious bills”.)


Adam Winters said...

Ha! I admit that Mars Attacks is one of my stupid guilty pleasures. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

Mark Pellegrini said...

Well, to be fair, it wasn't as bad as Shattered Image. Giffen's a pretty tongue-in-cheek guy and you'd think something as overtly goofy as Mars Attacks would suit him, but the thing hardly had the steam to power one issue, let alone *four*.

Mattkind said...

Ha Great now finish the job and Reviews they're appearances in Gen 13 #13 and savage Dragon Meets Destroyer duck Probably they're best image cameo really

Anonymous said...

where did you read this online?

John Pannozzi said...

I wonder if Raph was deformed or not in this issue, since the artwork almost looks like it could go either way.

OverMaster said...

The thing with Mars Attacks! is it originally was a series of gore trading cards with an excuse plot attached to it. Basically just a dark joke to justify a string of bloody images of Martians and Earthlings brutally destroying each other.

It's one of those things where asking for any sort of depth is actually kind of asking for too much.

That being said, it's kind of criminal wasting the Turtles' involvement with the Martian invasion like this, since they have such a wide cross-media tradition of facing aliens, both friends and foes alike. If anyone in the Image lineup could have supplied colorful comments on the whole shebang those would have been them.