The Beatles Story

The Beatles Story

Sun, 2017-07-16 13:57

'The Beatles Story', originally published in 1981 as weekly episodes in 'Look-in' is being republished in a hardcover edition by Rebellion.
I have seen the claim that this was the first comic strip version of the Fab Four phenomena. If that is true it is thanks to 'Look-in' editor Colin Shelbourn who commissioned writer Angus Alan and I. It followed the shorter 'Elvis - the Story'which is still to receive a republication as separate title though has appeared as back-up to the 'Elvis Lives' paperback.
I had been asked by Rebellion head office to keep this news 'under wraps', but see that it is public knowledge with a blog on 'down the tubes' and a pre-order opportunity on Amazon. It will be available in February 2018
There is some background by me making pretty dreadful use of Beatle song titles at http://downthetubes.net/?p=38893

'The Beatles Story', originally published in 1981 as weekly episodes in 'Look-in' is being republished in a hardcover edition by Rebellion.
I have seen the claim that this was the first comic strip version of the Fab Four phenomena. If that is true it is thanks to 'Look-in' editor Colin Shelbourn who commissioned writer Angus Alan and I. It followed the shorter 'Elvis - the Story'which is still to receive a republication as separate title though has appeared as back-up to the 'Elvis Lives' paperback.
I had been asked by Rebellion head office to keep this news 'under wraps', but see that it is public knowledge with a blog on 'down the tubes' and a pre-order opportunity on Amazon. It will be available in February 2018
There is some background by me making pretty dreadful use of Beatle song titles at http://downthetubes.net/?p=38893

Comments

Hi Arthur,

Looks like I came just in time! Didn't I make this suggestion at one point; that maybe Rebellion could do The Beatles and Elvis? I had a feeling they'd be open to it, given your past relationship! And you're wrong about Elvis; it has been reprinted! That 'Elvis Is Alive' book, remember? That's actually why I checked in today; my copy just arrived! Or rather, I just picked it up! But unfortunately, it's not the copy I ordered the day you originally announced it! Sadly that, and another book I ordered from Amazon on the same day, didn't reach me! One got lost in the mail, and another they discovered they didn't have stock of! The copy I now have I ordered earlier this month from, surprisingly, a locally-based website. Im happy. But...

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by the format, because the comic material is preceded by the book material, so the paper stock is inherent! It looks alright, but it's smaller than anticipated; I feel Rebellion would probably do a better job than this, given their track record!

Though it's nice to finally see the series in its entirety, I feel it doesn't do your art the justice it truly deserves! Especially given the long wait! Back of the book says the material was last published in 1982, the year I was born!

But I'm happy to finally have it at all; perhaps I'll look in (yok yok) again and read that Rebellion decided to give Elvis the Beatles treatment as well!

Till then, keep well, Arthur, and thank you for what you gave us!

Best wishes

Bheki

Hullo Bheki,

thanks for pointing that out. Silly to have overlooked the 'Elvis Lives' book. I have made the correction to the blog.
As you say, based on their record the Rebellion Beatles' book should be terrific.

All the best,
Arthur

Great news Arthur!
I know the word iconic is overused these days but I think your evocative artwork is a very worthy addition to the legacy of the Fab Four.
There have been many claims to a fifth Beatle soooooo.....

Oh and best wishes as always!
Andy.

Hullo Andy,

thank you for the compliments and good wishes.

I am led to believe that Rebellion have put together something a bit good.

Best,
Arthur

Hi Arthur,

Very much looking forward to seeing it then!

Best wishes,

Andy.

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