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Tank Girl
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Author Alan Martin
Illustrator Jamie Hewlett
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Titan Comics
Publication date 1988
Media type Comic

Tank Girl is a British comic book created by Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin. Originally drawn by Jamie Hewlett, it has also been drawn by Philip Bond, Glyn Dillon, Ashley Wood, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Jim Mahfood, Brett Parson, Jonathan Edwards, Craig Knowles, Rufus Dayglo, Andy Pritchett, and Mike McMahon.

The eponymous character Tank Girl (Rebecca Buck – later revealed to have been born as Fonzie Rebecca Buckler) drives a tank, which is also her home. She undertakes a series of missions for a nebulous organization before making a serious mistake and being declared an outlaw for her sexual inclinations and her substance abuse. The comic centres on her misadventures with her boyfriend, Booga, a mutant kangaroo. The comic's style is heavily influenced by punk visual art, and strips are frequently deeply disorganized, anarchic, absurdist, and psychedelic. The strip features various elements with origins in surrealist techniques, fanzines, collage, cut-up technique, stream of consciousness, and metafiction, with very little regard or interest for conventional plot or committed narrative.

The strip was initially set in a futuristic Australia, although it drew heavily from contemporary British pop culture.

Characters

  • Tank Girl: Her real name in the strip is Rebecca Buck, but this is very rarely mentioned throughout. In the kickstarter edition of 21st Century Tank Girl, it is discovered that she was actually born under the name Fonzie Rebecca Buckler. When she was 7, she started a collection of novelty pencil sharpeners (the collection is now housed in the National Museum of Modern Pencil Sharpeners, Sydney). She later became a tank pilot and worked as a bounty hunter before shooting a heavily decorated officer, having mistaken him for her father, and failing to deliver colostomy bags to President Hogan, the incontinent Head of State in Australia, resulting in him publicly embarrassing himself at a large international trade conference.
  • Booga: A mutated kangaroo, formerly a successful toy designer of "products Santa would've sacrificed a reindeer for," and presently Tank Girl's devoted boyfriend. She met him when he snuck into her tank one night. He is a big Dame Edna fan and once impersonated Bill Clinton. Booga, often against his will, always does the cooking, particularly the great British institution of tea. He follows Tank Girl everywhere and does, by his own admission, whatever she tells him. This includes murder.
  • The talking stuffed animals:
  • Camp Koala: A stitchy, brown, gay, koala-shaped stuffed toy described as "the Jeremy Thorpe of comics". Camp Koala died tragically when they were playing baseball with live hand grenades which Camp eagerly caught in the outfield, exploding on impact, resulting in a violent, bloody, and gruesome death. After a tearless and comical funeral service, the other characters go to a toy store and buy a new one. Camp Koala is known for visiting occasionally as a guardian angel. He is the only character TG's ever admitted to loving.
  • Squeaky toy rat: A squeaky toy rat.
  • Mr. Precocious: A "small Shakespearean mutant" who looks a bit like a mini bipedal pink elephant, though may possibly be a bilby.
  • Stevie: A wild-haired blond Aboriginal man who owns a convenience store and chain-smokes. Being TG's ex-boyfriend, Booga is always a bit jealous of him. He has various familial ties and connections with Aboriginal culture and remote traditionalist tribespeople.
  • Barney: Busted out of a mental hospital by TG, she is more or less insane. In The Odyssey, she is responsible for killing the whole cast, thereby sending them all to the land of the dead, from which TG was forced to save them.
  • Sub Girl (real name unknown, although a trading card for the film once listed her real name as 'Subrina'): Described as "like a beautiful flower floating in the loo", she pilots a submarine. A friend of TG's since childhood, she used to come round her house with Jet Girl.
  • Jet Girl (real name unknown): A talented mechanic who flies a jet. All her friends call her "boring" (she has admitted to being a big fan of Rod Stewart).

Collected editions

Tank Girl has been collected into a number of trade paperbacks over the years. The entire back catalogue was reprinted by Titan books in 2002 and these books were "re-mastered" in anniversary editions, stripped of their subsequently-added computer colouring and line work repaired. In 2018 the entire Hewlett and Martin back catalogue was once again reprinted under the "Tank Girl Colour Classics" banner, this time as collectable hardbacks, with all new colouring and extra material.

Tank Girl 1

  • Jamie Hewlett and Alan C. Martin
  • 978-1840234350 (Reprint)  26 April 2002
    978-1845767570 (Remaster)  24 April 2009
  • Consists of the first 15 episodes, originally published in Deadline Magazine, starting Sept. '88, all originally in black and white.

Tank Girl 2

  • Jamie Hewlett and Alan C. Martin
  • 978-1840234923 (Reprint)  21 June 2002
    978-1845767594 (Remaster)  24 April 2009
  • Consists of the next 17 episodes, some colour, some black and white.

Tank Girl 3

  • Jamie Hewlett and Alan C. Martin
  • 978-1840234930 (Reprint)  25 October 2002
    978-1845767617 (Remaster)  24 July 2009
  • Rounds up a final 9 episodes, including some featuring Booga as the star. Some colour, some black and white.

Tank Girl – The Odyssey

  • Jamie Hewlett and Peter Milligan
  • 978-1840234947 (Reprint)  27 December 2002
    978-1845767631 (Remaster)  25 September 2009
  • Consists of 4 issues released between June and October 1995, published by DC's Vertigo imprint. These comics were printed in full colour.

Tank Girl – Apocalypse

  • Alan Grant, Andy Pritchett, and Philip Bond
  • 978-1840237252 (Reprint)  21 August 2003
    978-1845767655 (Remaster)  26 February 2010
  • Consists of 4 issues released between November 1995 and February 1996, published by DC's Vertigo imprint. Again these comics were in full colour.

Tank Girl – Movie Adaptation

  • Peter Milligan and Andy Pritchett
  • 978-1563892196  28 March 1995
  • A graphic novel adaptation of the movie released by Penguin books in 1995. This was not reprinted or remastered by Titan Books.

Tank Girl: The Gifting

  • Alan C. Martin and Ashley Wood
  • 978-1845761707  23 November 2007
  • Four issue mini-series published by IDW Publishing. The first new Tank Girl comic material since 1995.

Tank Girl: Armadillo and a Bushel of Other Stories

  • Alan C. Martin
  • 978-1845764845  21 March 2008
  • A fiction text novel with cover art by Jamie Hewlett.

Tank Girl: Visions of Booga

  • Alan C. Martin and Rufus Dayglo
  • 978-1848561663  28 November 2008
  • Four issue mini-series published by IDW Publishing.

The Cream of Tank Girl

  • Jamie Hewlett and Alan C. Martin
  • 978-1845769420  24 October 2008
  • A retrospective art book by Titan Books.

Tank Girl: Skidmarks

  • Alan C. Martin and Rufus Dayglo
  • 978-1848566811  30 July 2010
  • 12 part series in the Judge Dredd Megazine, re-published by Titan Comics as a four issue mini-series.

Tank Girl: The Royal Escape

  • Alan C. Martin and Rufus Dayglo
  • 978-0857681249  25 February 2011
  • Four issue mini-series published by IDW publishing.

We Hate Tank Girl

  • Alan C. Martin and Rufus Dayglo
  • 978-1607063490  19 January 2011
  • Collecting the Tank Girl One-Shots: Dark Nuggets, Dirty Helmets, and Hairy Heroes by Image Comics.

Tank Girl: Bad Wind Rising

  • Alan C. Martin and Rufus Dayglo
  • 978-0857687425 (Hardcover)  27 January 2012
    978-0857681188 (Paperback)  31 December 2014
  • Four issue mini-series published by Titan Comics.

The Hole Of Tank Girl

  • Jamie Hewlett and Alan C. Martin
  • 978-0857687449  28 September 2012
  • A hardcover, large-format book with slipcase, collecting the first three Hewlett & Martin books (with extra archive material) by Titan Books.

Tank Girl: Carioca

  • Alan C. Martin and Mike McMahon
  • 978-0857687432  26 October 2012
  • Collecting the six-issue mini-series published by Titan Comics.

Tank Girl: Everybody Loves Tank Girl

  • Alan C. Martin and Jim Mahfood
  • 978-0857687500  22 February 2013
  • Collecting the three-issue mini-series published by Titan Comics.

Tank Girl: Solid State Tank Girl

  • Alan C. Martin and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell
  • 978-1782760030  14 January 2014
  • Collecting the four-issue mini-series published by Titan Comics.

The Power of Tank Girl

  • Alan C. Martin, Ashley Wood, and Rufus Dayglo
  • 978-1782760641  30 September 2014
  • An omnibus edition compiling the three Tank Girl graphic novels "The Gifting", "Visions of Booga", and "The Royal Escape" published by Titan Comics.

21st Century Tank Girl

  • Alan C. Martin, Jamie Hewlett, Brett Parson, Craig Knowles, Jim Mahfood, Jonathan Edwards, Philip Bond, and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell
  • 978-1782766612  4 November 2015
  • Collecting the three-issue mini-series published by Titan Comics (originally self-published in 2014 by Alan Martin/Action Alley as a Kickstarter project).

Tank Girl: Two Girls, One Tank

  • Alan C. Martin and Brett Parson
  • 978-1785853562  6 December 2016
  • A four-issue mini-series published by Titan Comics, first part in a trilogy.

Tank Girl: Gold

  • Alan C. Martin and Brett Parson
  • 978-1-78585-525-2 (1-78585-525-5)  25 April 2017
  • A four issue mini-series published by Titan Comics, second part of the trilogy.

Total Tank Girl

  • Alan C. Martin, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Rufus Dayglo, and Jim Mahfood
  • 978-1785863059  10 October 2017
  • An omnibus edition compiling the three graphic novels "Everybody Loves Tank Girl", "Bad Wind Rising", and "Solid State Tank Girl" published by Titan Comics.

World War Tank Girl

  • Alan C. Martin and Brett Parson
  • 978-1785855269  17 November 2017
  • The third and final chapter in new Tank Girl trilogy and anticipated follow-up to Tank Girl: Gold. Published by Titan Comics.

The Way of Tank Girl

  • Alan C. Martin, Jamie Hewlett, Ashley Wood, and Brett Parson
  • 978-1785864636  17 April, 2018
  • A square format art book, featuring artwork and panels taken from Tank Girl's back catalogue, along with new and unseen material. Published by Titan Comics.

The Wonderful World of Tank Girl

  • Alan C. Martin and Brett Parson
  • 978-1785862076  28 August, 2018
  • A four-issue mini series comprising four stand-alone stories. Published by Titan Comics.

The Legend of Tank Girl

  • Alan C. Martin and Brett Parson
  • 978-1785864643  11 September 2018
  • An oversized, hardback omnibus edition, celebrating Tank Girl's 30th anniversary, compiling the three graphic novels "Two Girls One Tank", "Tank Girl Gold", and "World War Tank Girl". Published by Titan Comics.

Tank Girl Colouring Book

  • Alan C. Martin, Jamie Hewlett, and Brett Parson
  • 978-1785867514  16 October 2018
  • An oversized, square format paperback, featuring black and white line art. Published by Titan Comics.

Tank Girl Colour Classics Book One

  • Jamie Hewlett and Alan C. Martin
  • 978-1785866753  11 December 2018
  • A hardback collection of the original Hewlett & Martin strips (previously "Tank Girl One"), recoloured for the 30th anniversary, augmented with unseen material. Published by Titan Comics.

Tank Girl All Stars

  • Alan C. Martin, Brett Parson et al.
  • 978-1785864803  29 January 2019
  • A four-issue mini-series of short stories and prose pages, featuring a host of Tank Girl artists, celebrating Tank Girl's 30th anniversary. Published by Titan Comics.

Dirty Old Tank Girl

  • Alan C. Martin, Rufus Dayglo, and Mick McMahon
  • 978-1785869822  19 March 2019
  • An omnibus edition compiling the two graphic novels "Tank Girl: Skidmarks", and "Tank Girl: Carioca" Published by Titan Comics.

Tank Girl: Action Alley

  • Alan C. Martin and Brett Parson
  • 978-1785864810  13 August, 2019
  • The first four-issue arc of Tank Girl's first ever on-going series. Published by Titan Comics.

Tank Girl Forever

  • Alan C. Martin and Brett Parson
  • tbc  2019
  • The second four-issue arc of Tank Girl's first ever on-going series. Published by Titan Comics.

Film

The comic was also adapted into a film. The film featured Lori Petty as Tank Girl and Naomi Watts as Jet Girl.

In September 2019 it was reported that a Tank Girl reboot movie is in development with Margot Robbie's production company LuckyChap Entertainment optioned rights from MGM, Robbie co-produce with her partners Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara, Mallory Westfall writing and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte.