Inside the Head of... Mr. Atom was a Man or Astro-man? 7" EP released on Estrus Records (ES765) in 1995 (recorded in late '94, released in early '95). It was recorded by Steve Albini. This was the first recording to feature Captain Zeno. The cover art and design was by Art Chantry (Sort of--scroll down for some of the source artwork). The back cover states "This single is dedicated to the vital memory of the band Bolt Thrower." The picture sleeve was made from medium weight, folded and glued cardstock with very high gloss printing on the front and back.
There were two distinct pressings of this EP. They are easy to tell apart because the center label is different. The early pressing has a red and yellow center label, and the later pressing has a black and silver center label. The vinyl color varies a lot as well. The early pressing was available on clear green vinyl (200), opaque marbled purple vinyl (500) and translucent black vinyl. Here is a scan:
The later pressing was available on opaque black vinyl and opaque marbled gray vinyl. Here is a scan of these two:
There are also a few transitional pieces of this second pressing, like this copy that is mostly black but has a few white streaks:
The front cover artwork and the name of the single were taken from a 1940s science-fiction novel by Pat Frank. Hopefully Art Chantry split his paycheck with Frank's estate. Here is a scan of the book:
The back cover is a colorized screen capture from the 1931 version of the film Frankenstein. Here is a screen capture of the same scene without any of the superimposed text:
Curious fans can stream this version of the film online by clicking this link. This scene occurs just before the nine minute mark. (a big thanks to Benjamin Brinkman for all of the cover information)
On a personal note, I also found a rather rough, but autographed copy of Mr. Atom at a record store in Chicago a few years back. I've scanned the four signatures below. I can pick out Birdstuff, Coco and Star Crunch, but the fourth one confuses me. It looks like it says "Zeno X" -- which would be a hybrid of two different rhythm guitarists: Captain Zeno and Dexter X. You can see how this would confuse me. What do you folks think? Probably just Dexter having a laugh.