The Outer Space Men

The Outer Space Men vintage TV ad

December 19, 2010 - no comments. Posted by in The Outer Space Men, Trading Cards.

I could not resist posting this vintage ad.  Thanks to EriktheArchitect for posting a link to it on cardtalk, The Non Sports Update magazine discussion board.

Evolution of artwork for TOSM promo back

December 19, 2010 - no comments. Posted by in The Outer Space Men.

To create the artwork for the backs of promo cards for The Outer Space Men series, I had a great back-and-forth with Mel Brinkrant, the artist who created the original Art and Toys in 1968.

I want to share with you a bit of the process:

First, I created a quick draft of the back.  My limitations were to use only the colors Cyan and Black, since these promo cards are ride-alongs on a sheet we are printing for a different card series.  The printing run fits 110 designs, and only 105 were needed.  This left 5 for other cards, which I am quick to take advantage of.  I like the backs of 70/80’s movie trading cards, like ET and The Black Hole, which had light backgrounds and silhouette cutouts.  I thought this good enough to print, but it is weak.

tosm promo back first version

I sent a copy to both Gary and Mel.  After some sharp/funny criticism (“Will there be a set in pink for girl collectors also?”) Mel suggested a dark blue/black background and white lettering.  He also thought a more mysterious image would be better.  Also, the font choices on the back were too modern.  (all great suggestions).  Gary at TOSM gave me notes on correcting the copywrite.

Next version:

tosm promo back second version

I used the same font for the headline as I did on the front (Asimov).  I have about 30 volumes of bound TIME magazines from the 60s/70s, and I looked for font examples that I liked.  A General Electric ad from Nov 1969 jumped at me, and the font used was Futura light.  All the text was centered, a style that was prevalent then.

Better, but still flat.  Sent it to Mel, who took the pitch and knocked it out of the park. He created a new background with a black silhouette on a bluish starfield.  I could not improve on it, so I just slipped it behind the text.

TOSM promo back final

Now it jumps, and grabs attention.

The Outer Space Men – New series for 2011

December 17, 2010 - no comments. Posted by in The Outer Space Men.

The Outer Space Men promo card

We are very excited here at SideKick to announce a new series of Trading Cards based on the classic 1960’s Action Figures, “The Outer Space Men”.

Predating Star Wars, these classic figures are a cult favorite.

Produced in collaboration with the legendary original artist, Mel Birnkrant and The Outer Space Men LLC, these cards will be released as a  limited edition collectors series.

Printed on traditional trading card chip-back stock, and packaged in true vintage wax wrappers.

Some artwork for Promo cards, which will be printed next week:

The Outer Space Men promo card P2

TOSM Xodiac promo card front

The back:

The Outer Space Men promo card back

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