Over at the Giant Monsters Attack blogspot, Mysterious Pants has discovered a wonderful set of trading cards that prove once and for all that dinosaurs were bloodthirsty giant monsters that would have brought about a general apocalypse if they hadn’t been wiped out by whatever cosmic disaster fortuitously came Earth’s way just before the Age of Mammals kicked in.
The card set, called Dinosaurs Attack!, was apparently released in 1988 in the wake of the better-known Mars Attacks! set (thanks Tim!) and was even considered as a suitable subject for transfer to celluloid at the same time as Mars Attacks! was produced. Didn’t happen though. Another lost gem! Can you imagine what it would have been like? After looking at the examples below check out the whole set and you get an idea of the overall plotline and sheer bloodiness involved.
Anyway, I couldn’t resist putting up a few of the cards myself and drawing your attention to the original site, and the work of creators Len Brown and Woody Gelman.
Note the extreme accuracy with which the dinosaurs are depicted as they engage in all the classic daikaiju activities (that’s irony, by the way).
As a potential “cat lady” myself (we have three cats … how many does it take before you’re officially a “cat lady”?), I particularly like this one:
This last one is a clear homage to Godzilla, as the film director looks suspiciously like Ishiro Honda, Gojira‘s director, and the actors on the left are clearly meant to be that film’s leads, Akira Takarada and Momoko Kôchi:
Anyway, go check out the whole set. Fantastic!
I find it fascinating the way the set conveys a potentially complex storyline through a series of generic moments. Major plot “turns” are depicted by single cards and two or three words, with the work of interpretation largely left to the viewer. It’s a nascent art form in itself — albeit one that has never caught on all that much; a sort of stripped-back graphic novel.