Topps bubblegum trading cards, Batman by Norman Saunders
Norman Saunders (of Topps Mars Attacks trading cards fame) is one of my favorite pulp magazine artists. He was quite prolific in his career painting a “…total of 867 [pulp magazine covers], which is the highest number of covers painted by any pulp artist.”
I found this spiffy cards here!
About the cards:
At the height of the hoopla over ABC-TV’s campy Batman series, Saunders was hired by Topps to produce a line of bubblegum trading cards that depicted the Caped Crusader and Robin, the Boy Wonder, in dozens of precarious situations facing such familiar villains as the Joker and Catwoman.
Partial Quote about the artist, written by his son David:
After two years of unsuccesful attempts to work within the confines of post-war slick magazines, Saunders left the slicks and returned to working for pulp magazines, where he was in constant demand for the remaining years of that industry. During this period he added another 421 pulp covers to his lifetime total of 867, which is the highest number of covers painted by any pulp artist.
He painted his last pulp cover in 1960. Saunders found all of his subsequent clients in the subculture publishing world of paperbacks, comic books, men’s adventure magazines, and trading cards.
Norman Saunders lived long enough to see himself celebrated as the legendary creator of many iconic images of American popular culture.
He retired to his wife’s hometown and died of emphysema at age 82 in Columbus Nebraska on March 7, 1989.
Read the full article here - and as always Roboteers, enjoy!