Skin (graphic novel)

Skin (graphic novel)

Date 1992
Publisher Tundra Publishing
Creative team
Writers Peter Milligan
Artists Brendan McCarthy
Colorists Carol Swain

Skin is a 48-page graphic novel written by Peter Milligan, created and drawn by Brendan McCarthy and colored by Carol Swain. It tells the story of a young skinhead, Martin Atchitson, who grew up in 1970s London with thalidomide-related birth defects. Milligan has said the story partially addresses "universal themes of major companies shafting people, and corruption in terms of drugs and mass marketing."[1]


  • Publication history 1
  • Reception 2
    • Awards 2.1
  • Influence 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Publication history

Skin was planned to be published in the 2000 AD spin-off magazine Crisis in 1990, but the story's controversial subject matter and explicit language made the publisher, Fleetway, uncomfortable.[2] Printers refused to print it, citing similar reasons. The story remained in limbo until it was published as a graphic novel by Kevin Eastman's Tundra Publishing in 1992 with little controversy.


Tom Palmer, Jr. included Skin in "Palmer's Picks", calling it "a powerful, disturbing book".[3]


  • 1993: nominated for the "Best Graphic Album: New" Eisner Award[4]


Hardcore band Modern Life Is War based their song "Martin Atchet" on the comic.


  1. ^ Peter Milligan interview, UGO
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External links

  • Review at Comics Nexus