Toxic! #1 - 1991 - Apocalypse Ltd Comic
Fair Condition - Light stain on edge of covers, small sticker tear and corner creasing
Please note that this is a UK-sized comic and is presented in a UK size format.
Toxic! was the idea of Pat Mills, Kevin O'Neill, Mike McMahon, John Wagner and Alan Grant. The aim was to provide creators an outlet for their work to be published with them retaining the rights and control of their work. This was in contrast to 2000 AD, which Mills had also launched in 1977. Toxic! was to be the main rival of 2000 AD, and would be in ful- colour throughout (as opposed to 2000 AD, which was still mainly published in black and white).
Toxic! was published by Apocalypse Ltd, an offshoot of Neptune Distribution based in South Wigston, Leicester. Neptune also owned Trident Comics which printed black and white comics by mainly new, unpublished creators.
The first issue of Toxic! was released in March 1991. Toxic! was initially dominated by Mills (Mills had rejected John Wagner's proposal for Button Man based on its supposed similarity to Accident Man; it later appeared in 2000 AD). His Marshal Law strip was seen as the flagship title and as a character to perhaps rival Judge Dredd. Mills also wrote Accident Man (with Tony Skinner) and Muto-Maniac in the first issue, which was rounded out by a short strip by Alan Grant and Simon Bisley.
This first issue set the tone of Toxic! as it upped the levels of violence, bad language and general anarchic tone that Mills had felt was lacking in 2000 AD at the time.