Norman Saunders was a commercial artist who produced paintings for pulp magazines, paperbacks, adventure magazines, comic books, and trading cards. Born in Badger, Minnesota, Saunders' earliest art training was though a correspondence course.
Saunder's career was launched when his contributions to Captain Billy's Whiz Bang resulted in a job with Fawcett Publications, where he was employed from 1928 to 1934.
In 1958, Saunders obtained his first assignment from the Topps company which involved painting over photographs of baseball players who had been traded. This was done so that the players would appear to be wearing the jersey of their new team. Topps also employed Saunders to create artwork for many other cards.
Saunders was hired to paint scenes for one of the most successful non-sports card sets of all-time, Mars Attacks in 1962. Letters of protest poured in from parents, prompting Topps to issue the cards under a different company name.
His Wacky Packages cards were even more commercially successful. He also produced a number of less well known trading-card series, including: Ugly Stickers, Nutty Initials, Your Own Name and Civil War News.