October 17, 2012 9:48
Beatles manager Brian Epstein to feature in new comic book
Creator of Green Day musical to write story – and a movie is also planned
Epstein, who managed The Beatles in the 1960s, will see his story told in new comic The Fifth Beatle, due for release later this year. The comic will be written by Vivek J Tiwary, who also wrote the Green Day musical American Idiot.
Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Tiwary said that his background as a manager himself helped him identify with 'historical mentor' Epstein: "I could really relate to a lot of the struggles Brian had. Telling his story is a very passionate labour of love for me."
Adding: "I wanted to work in artist management, I wanted to manage bands. I thought, 'If I'm going to manage bands, I should study the great artist managers.'"
Epstein is often credited with discovering The Beatles and also managed a number of other Liverpool based acts, including Cilla Black and Gerry & The Pacemakers.
Artwork for The Fifth Beatle has been provided by Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker, while Tiwary has also confirmed plans to make the story as a film in the future.
Meanwhile, The Beatles last hit the headlines when a painting of the band was vandalised in Liverpoool. The incident saw the painting, which depicted the penises of all four members of the band and was created by artist Jonathan Gent, pressed and smudged by a passer by.
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