Heard about the Margot Robbie/Lucky Dog movie? Don’t know where to start with this comic icon? These newly re-colored anniversary volumes are a great introduction.
Tank Girl was originally published in the legendary Deadline Magazine between the years of 1988 to 1995. Drawn and written, for the most part, by Jamie Hewlett (Gorillaz) and Alan Martin, it mixed a punk aesthetic with Looney Tunes style adventures. The Tank Girl Full Color Classics series reappraise the initial run of comics, giving them a shiny new full-color treatment in a style consistent with their age and original production, and add context with artwork, strips, and photos from the Hewlett & Martin archives. Enjoy!
Tank Girl Full Color Classics Vol 1: 1988 – 1990
By a feat of sheer stubbornness, Hewlett & Martin’s Tank Girl has managed to survive for over three decades. As a celebration, we’ve given her a fresh lick of paint to cover up the rust, and raided the deepest reaches of her panty drawer for embarrassing photos, libellous documents, and discarded chocolate wrappers. This first book in the series covers the genesis and early years of Tank Girl, before everything went a bit weird.
Tank Girl Full Color Classics Vol 2: 1990 – 1993
After the initial success of their early Tank Girl comics, Hewlett and Martin ventured into some wild experimentation, deft piss-taking, and ill-advised, egotistical fourth-wall breaking. This book covers that entire period, as Jamie and Alan remove the tops of their skulls, and stir the porridge-like contents within with a wooden spoon. This collection includes a raft of supplementary material, lost artefacts, and never-before-seen art and text. The turd has been polished with a new coat of color paint.
Tank Girl Full Color Classics Vol 3: 1993 – 1995
With five years’ worth of much-loved comics under her belt, Hewlett and Martin’s titular hero Tank Girl was on a roll. What could possibly go wrong? Enter Hollywood, with its tantalizing plastic baubles of fame and glittering stacks of fools gold. Jamie and Alan succumbed, signed up, and sold out. During the turmoil of movie production, they continued to spew forth an increasingly bizarre stream of comic strips. And here they are! Re-colored in sympathetic style, and bolstered by a festering heap of unseen artwork and photos. Skill!