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Did you know... that that we have found interesting new evidence in the case of the Invaders from Mars 1955 re-release?

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Added: 09/15/2014

There has long been MUCH controversy about the Invaders from Mars 1955 re-release. It looks very similar to the original release poster (there are a few other differences between the two posters, that are not obvious until you look at them side-by-side), and it is often mistakenly sold as original (to complicate matters, the re-release has the original 1953 NSS number in the bottom right corner, but has a 1955 date in the bottom left corner, but that wrong NSS number increases the chances of it being mistakenly sold as an original).

There are those who make the argument that these are "second printings", but ARE from 1953. To me, this makes no sense, because why have a second printing that same year at all, and if you did, why would you make the changes to the image, and why would you change the date at all, if it was printed in 1953 (and most telling of it, the "1955 version" has "coarser printing" than the "1953 version", again strong evidence it was done two years later. And if two years later you were re-releasing it, you likely WOULD need new brand new posters, and you can well imagine someone forgetting to change the NSS, and deciding to alter the image at that time.

I have always heard that there is NO paper other than the misdated one-sheet, and that has been advanced as "proof" that the 1955 date is a typo, and that the "1955 one-sheets" are actually from 1953 (and those who advance this theory call it a "second printing", which REALLY makes no sense, because if it were a "typo" then that would be on the FIRST printing, and it would have been CORRECTED on the second printing!.

But now we have found interesting new evidence! Here is a 1955 re-release still, which seems to negate the entire "typo" argument. and it confirms that there WAS a 1955 re-release.

Note that this still DOES say "An Edward Alperson Production" but does NOT have "Twentieth Century Fox" on it (it instead has "National Pictures Corporation on it). This likely means that Edward Alperson bought the rights from Twentieth Century Fox in 1955 and did his own re-release. He likely printed the one-sheet posters off of the same plates, but someone changed only the copyright and forgot to change the NSS info, and the coloring differences (and the lower quality printing) are likely because he used a less expensive printer than the one the studio used.

Note that you can click on the image of this newly discovered still above to see a larger image and get a closer look, and you can also do the same with the original and re-release one-sheets below, to see the differences between the two. And we certainly very much hope this means no one will again offer these as a "second printing from 1953", and that any places who sold or auctioned these erroneously will offer full refunds to buyers (as always does in cases like these)!

1953 one-sheet 1955 re-release one-sheet
7d130 INVADERS FROM MARS 1sh '53 hordes of green monsters from outer space, rare first release! 2n661 INVADERS FROM MARS one-sheet poster R55 classic sci-fi, wonderful artwork of cast & aliens!

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