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1 The Big Woof Begins

1 The Big Woof Begins
Back in August of 2006, when the IAU declared that Pluto was no longer officially a planet, it occurred to me to wonder what reaction the inhabitants of Pluto might have toward this event. It was then that I remembered an old and well-loved set of trading cards that were childhood favorites way back in the early 1960s......MARS ATTACKS! I had eagerly collected all 55 in the series (but my mom eventually threw them out, damn it!!!) See the originals reproduced here:

This became the inspiration for PLUTO ATTACKS........which, as you can plainly see, is wholly and entirely original with no Photoshopping whatsoever.......honest!


In the year 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU), comprised of eminent astronomers from throughout the Earth, meet in the city of Prague, and in their arrogance and hubris, proclaim that Pluto is no longer officially a planet. News of this injustice reaches the inhabitants of Pluto, and in their outrage they rise up in warlike righteousness to extract vengeance upon the people of the planet Earth.

My Dear Mr.Bal-de-vis what a magnificent debut set ! I love the "Mars Attack " film ~ although I had no idea it was based on a card series. Wonderful and your treatment of it has had me in helpless gigles. Thank you so, so much.

{Ps What is the origin of your nom de plume ? In Dutch it would read as Ball of Fish - fishball - which would kinda make sense given your cat like appearance.}
6 years ago.
bal-de-vis has replied to Scumbeast
Hi again, Scumbeast. There is an episode of the old American sitcom "I Love Lucy" wherein Lucille Ball and her friends visit Paris, and meet Charles Boyer.......who refers to her as a "bal-de-vis," literally, "screwball." It's a very obscure reference. Very few people (none, actually) ever recognize it on sight.

The original "Mars Attacks" trading cards were an obsession with me, and many other boys, back in 1962 when they were first released. Looking at them now, I can still recall the delicious thrill of horror they elicited, and the excitement of finding a new one. That is POWERFUL nostalgia now!!!
6 years ago. Edited 6 years ago.