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Comic books go to Mars

A list of notable or interesting comics with ties to the Red Planet
by Matthew Price Published: August 10, 2012

My Favorite Martian

The TV series starring Bill Bixby and Ray Walston was adapted to comics for in 1964. Creators included prolific writer Paul S. Newman and artist Russ Manning.

Hermes press recently released the first seven issues of “My Favorite Martian” comic book series in one hardcover, and released a single issue with art by Dan Spiegle as part of 2012's Free Comic Book Day.

John Carter

Multiple publishers, including Marvel, Dark Horse and Dynamite, have published adventures based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' Civil War veteran who is transported to the surface of Mars. The entire Marvel output from the 1970s has been collected in the “John Carter Warlord of Mars” Omnibus.

Mars Attacks!

IDW recently relaunched this property, based on the 1962 trading card set about a Martian invasion. When trading-card publisher Topps was briefly in the comics business in the 1990s, it also published comics based on “Mars Attacks!” The cards were also the inspiration for the 1996 Tim Burton film.


Marc Hempel and Marc Gregory created this science-fiction story in the 1980s for First Comics; it was reprinted in 2005 by IDW. A six-member team of explorers and engineers go to Mars, but lose communication with Earth.

Martian Confederacy

Jason McNamara and Paige Braddock are the creators of this series about the people of Mars in the year 3535.

Invincible Vol. 8: My Favorite Martian

“The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman deals with Martians in the eighth volume of his popular superhero series, “Invincible,” in which Invincible must gather a team of heroes to stop an invasion from space. Ryan Ottley provides art.

Secret Avengers: Mission to Mars

A special-ops team of superheroes travel to Mars in this collection of Ed Brubaker's first five issues of the “Secret Avengers” series. The original Captain America must lead a force to the Red Planet after a dangerous artifact is discovered. Art is by Mike Deodato.

Dogs of Mars

A team of terraformers travel to Mars, but discover there is something deadly on the planet. After a mission ends in disaster, Captain Zoe faces potential mutiny at Mars Base Bowie as hostile, nocturnal monsters invade.

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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