September 17, 2008
Deadline magazine appeared with a flourish in 1988 and faded away in 1995. It was basically an Underground Comic book yet it was available in UK newsagents. Following the usual anthology format the quality varied but the “punk” lead character Tank Girl immediately gained a fan following.
Deadline’s appeal was broadened with britpop articles to attract the more casual reader. Unfortunately the Tank Girl Movie didn’t cross over from cult to mainstream acceptance and probably helped bring about the magazine’s demise in 1995.
Shakey Kane’s art can never be mistaken for anyone elses.
My favouite strip was “Hugo Tate” drawn by Nick Abadzis. Hugo was the blank faced universal everyman character forever beset by doubts and insecurities.