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The Best of Norman Saunders’ Amazing Batman Trading Cards

Batman trading card art by Norman Saunders

Norman Saunders is undoubtedly best known for his work as the artist on the infamous Mars Attacks trading cards, but in the mid-'60s, he had more on his plate than just a ludicrously violent alien invasion. With Batman on television and Batmania reaching a fever pitch as a result, Saunders and Topps produced multiple sets of trading cards featuring the Caped Crusader --- and as you can probably tell by the fact that they involve Batman and Robin fighting a dinosaur in the image above, they are amazing.

Sadly, they're a little difficult to track down these days, although to be honest, I would gladly pay good money for an art book that collected them. Until then, we can take a look back at some of the best, focusing on the ten standouts from Saunders' Blue Series, in which Robin is nearly branded, and the Riddler performs the amazing feat of trying to steal from a rainbow.

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The Amazing 1966 ‘Batman’ Trading Cards by Norman Saunders

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Surprising no one, I'm always on the lookout for strange and awesome pieces of Batman history, and rarely have they been better than in a set of trading cards from 1966 painted by Norman Saunders. While he might be best known for painting the infamously banned Mars Attacks cards, his work with Batman brings a level of shark-fighting, acid-throwing, sidekick-endangering action -- and a slightly off-model Joker -- that's just fantastic...

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