In June 1987, while still studying at Worthing Art College, Jamie Hewlett, Phil Bond, and I launched our first published work - Atom Tan issue #1 - printed on the staff photocopier and selling amongst fellow students for fifty pence.
Since then, the comic has become a minor legend, having been the birth place of Tank Girl in her own one-page advert. Original copies are very rare, fetching high prices when they come up at auctions.
Now, exactly thirty later, we are offering a special anniversary edition, printed at half-size (A5) and retaining all of its original photocopied blemishes and drop-outs, it looks exactly as it did three decades ago. 28 pages, hand-signed on the back cover by myself (Alan, Tank Girl co-creator), with space of further signatures.
Along with the Atom Tan comic itself, you will receive a fully embroidered "633 Squadron" patch - a replica of the sew-on gang patch worn by the boys during the Atom Tan era, designed by Jamie and Phil in the spring of 1987 (12 x 8 cm).
Also in the pack is a large format A2 fold-out Atom Tan Poster Magazine, featuring the original 1987 Tank Girl page on one side, and the story of Atom Tan (along with unseen photos and artwork) on the other. Hand signed on the poster side in fade-proof ink by myself.
As a bonus, you will also receive a one-and-a-half inch Atom Tan badge/pin, featuring Phil Bond's original logo from the comic.
We think this is the most collectable item we've ever produced, as it not only represents the first printed appearance of Tank Girl, but also the first published work of Jamie Hewlett.
Strictly limited to 500 copies.
Each pack is handled, folded, and packaged by ourselves, which makes for a somewhat home-made feel.