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This volume explores the complete illustrated story of the Beatles from their formation, through the Beatlemania phenomenon, all the way through their breakup. Readers see how the band evolved and amplifed the uproar of the sixties, became politically and socially active, and achieved a lasting impact unparalleled in pop music. Chapters combine text and comics for complete This volume explores the complete illustrated story of the Beatles from their formation, through the Beatlemania phenomenon, all the way through their breakup. Readers see how the band evolved and amplifed the uproar of the sixties, became politically and socially active, and achieved a lasting impact unparalleled in pop music. Chapters combine text and comics for complete information presented in a fun way.


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This volume explores the complete illustrated story of the Beatles from their formation, through the Beatlemania phenomenon, all the way through their breakup. Readers see how the band evolved and amplifed the uproar of the sixties, became politically and socially active, and achieved a lasting impact unparalleled in pop music. Chapters combine text and comics for complete This volume explores the complete illustrated story of the Beatles from their formation, through the Beatlemania phenomenon, all the way through their breakup. Readers see how the band evolved and amplifed the uproar of the sixties, became politically and socially active, and achieved a lasting impact unparalleled in pop music. Chapters combine text and comics for complete information presented in a fun way.

30 review for The Beatles in Comics!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The Beatles in Comics by by Gaet's, Michels Mabel is a 2018 by NBM Publishing publication. I've listened to The Beatles since I was a very small child. But, it wasn't until I was about ten or eleven that I became an avid fan. I’m not a collector of memorabilia or anything, but I do love reading anything about the group, and have several lovely coffee table books about The Beatles. This book intrigued me because this past year I suddenly developed an interest in Graphic Novels, Manga, and Comics. The Beatles in Comics by by Gaet's, Michels Mabel is a 2018 by NBM Publishing publication. I've listened to The Beatles since I was a very small child. But, it wasn't until I was about ten or eleven that I became an avid fan. I’m not a collector of memorabilia or anything, but I do love reading anything about the group, and have several lovely coffee table books about The Beatles. This book intrigued me because this past year I suddenly developed an interest in Graphic Novels, Manga, and Comics. The Beatles and Comics? How could I pass that up? I was a little surprised when the book arrived in the mail. I wasn’t expecting such a lovely hardcover ‘coffee table’ style book! What a nice surprise! However, the first thing that should be noted is that this book is not entirely made up of comics. In fact, the comics sections divide the space with the standard coffee table book format. The book chronicles the history of the group, from their first interest in music and onwards, using photographs and comics along with some brief remarks or commentary. The other thing a knowledgeable comic lover will notice is that multiple illustrators contributed the artwork for this book. In and of itself, that’s not a problem, at least not for me. However, even a novice like myself couldn’t help but notice the extreme differences in style. Some of the artwork is better than others, which makes the overall experience a little uneven. In one instance, an illustration of a young Paul McCartney reminded me of Eddie Munster. The Beatles were barely recognizable in a few of the other comics drawings, as well. However, for the most part, the various artists did a good job of depicting the Fab Four at various stages in their careers. Beyond the illustrations, the book was typical of a coffee table book, lots of great, glossy photos of the band, along with wonderful bits of history and trivia. I enjoyed looking through the book and I think the book will make a great conversation piece. If you are Beatles fan, you might want to consider this one, for its uniqueness, if for no other reason. This book would also make a nice gift, not only for the die hard Beatles fan, but for those who enjoy history, pop culture and nostalgia. 3.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    "The Beatles in Comics" is a fun coffee table type book telling the history of the Beatles. There are 24 chapters, each beginning with a short summary and photos of that part of their history. That part is similar to many coffee table music books. That summary is then followed by a cartoon story, with each chapter featuring work by a different artist. I found this book to be lots of fun. The advance reader's copy I was provided only took the story fifty percent of the way through - to the Shea S "The Beatles in Comics" is a fun coffee table type book telling the history of the Beatles. There are 24 chapters, each beginning with a short summary and photos of that part of their history. That part is similar to many coffee table music books. That summary is then followed by a cartoon story, with each chapter featuring work by a different artist. I found this book to be lots of fun. The advance reader's copy I was provided only took the story fifty percent of the way through - to the Shea Stadium concert. Would like to see the rest someday. Bottom line- just plain old fun.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    My fifth Goodreads Giveaway win in two years! (My secret super power? Door prizes. Seriously, you do not want me as your co-worker in any sort of drawing at a company gathering.) I have a passing familiarity with the Beatles, but growing up, mine was an Elvis Presley family. I do own a few of the Fab Four's best-of compilations and the White Album though. This is a nice, if not particularly deep, survey of the band's formation, rise in popularity, and break-up. It's jam-packed with photos and comi My fifth Goodreads Giveaway win in two years! (My secret super power? Door prizes. Seriously, you do not want me as your co-worker in any sort of drawing at a company gathering.) I have a passing familiarity with the Beatles, but growing up, mine was an Elvis Presley family. I do own a few of the Fab Four's best-of compilations and the White Album though. This is a nice, if not particularly deep, survey of the band's formation, rise in popularity, and break-up. It's jam-packed with photos and comic strips and anecdotes in text and comic form. Fun! Unfortunately, the text pieces and comic strips are written by two different people, and they aren't well coordinated, so they feature a lot - a whole lot - of redundancies. In each chapter the text piece seems to serve the purpose of setting the stage for the strip, but mostly acts as a spoiler of sorts. In almost every chapter, big events and several bits of trivia from the text is simply repeated in the strip. It just doesn't seem like the best use of time or space. A couple dozen artists contribute the strips and spot illustrations. All are decent, though most have a fairly cartoony style as opposed to going for photorealism. Not all are quite able to capture and convey likenesses, so John and Paul (and occasionally George) are sometimes hard to tell apart before John gets his glasses. (Thank goodness for Ringo's nose, I guess.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Derek Royal

    About as much prose as comics in this book titled The Beatles in Comics. Plus, this book really needed a good edit. A number of textual problems and factual errors.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    This biographical comic, told in segments drawn by a wide variety of different artists, tells the story of the Beatles' career arc in a way designed for those who aren't too familiar with the story of the "band that made it very, very big, that's all," as John Lennon once put it. There are also short blocks of text and actual photos to move the story along. As with any comics anthology, there will be art styles you will like and those you do not. From funny caricatures to realistic portraits to This biographical comic, told in segments drawn by a wide variety of different artists, tells the story of the Beatles' career arc in a way designed for those who aren't too familiar with the story of the "band that made it very, very big, that's all," as John Lennon once put it. There are also short blocks of text and actual photos to move the story along. As with any comics anthology, there will be art styles you will like and those you do not. From funny caricatures to realistic portraits to anime-style, you'll see the Fab Four presented in a lot of different ways. I'll be honest, it felt kind of Deviantart-y. (I was a little weirded out by the comic where Paul had the creepy hollow eyes like something out of "Spirited Away.") While this book definitely isn't The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story or Baby's in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles, it also isn't those cheap and cheesy John/George cash-in comics that came out a few years ago, either. THE BEATLES IN COMICS does communicate a love of the Fab Four that Beatles fans will appreciate.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tobin Elliott

    A very lightweight, super-high-level overview of the Beatles with no real subtlety or depth. The writing is relatively amateurish, and the art runs from the terrible (to the point where I couldn't tell which Beatle was supposed to be saying something) to the very good, but nothing outstanding. ...and apparently, the Beatles had a song called All I'm Losing go gold, according to one of the vignettes. It was actually All My Loving, but hey, who cares, right? I do. Look elsewhere.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisastrawberry

    I wanted to like this more. Unfortunately, it's riddled with inaccuracies and details that a simple Google search would have solved. I started to get suspicious when I noticed that the book referred to a Beatles hit song "All My Loving" as "All I'm Losing." Was this a translation issue? Perhaps, but surely someone could have proofread it. Anyway, the art is wonderful and of course I'm game for a Beatles book, but it just wasn't the book I wanted it to be. What did I want it to be? An easily acce I wanted to like this more. Unfortunately, it's riddled with inaccuracies and details that a simple Google search would have solved. I started to get suspicious when I noticed that the book referred to a Beatles hit song "All My Loving" as "All I'm Losing." Was this a translation issue? Perhaps, but surely someone could have proofread it. Anyway, the art is wonderful and of course I'm game for a Beatles book, but it just wasn't the book I wanted it to be. What did I want it to be? An easily accessible but in depth look at the Fab Four that I could recommend to someone who perhaps wanted more history of the Beatles without the full Lewisohn page number commitment. Oh well.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Just something I saw on Hoopla and previewed to see if it was OK for my Beatles-obsessed son (short answer yes, of course there’s sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll, but he’s read broadly about the lads’ influences). I didn’t love some of the artists’ styles, but some were lovely. Lots of fun trivia, but nothing new for established fans.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tori (alwaysbookphoenix) Kisamore

    I received this as a free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review! I am IN LOVE with this! I am already a huge Beatles fan so this little graphic novel made my heart so happy. The illustrations were beautiful and it really helped me visualize the Beatles in their prime and made me just appreciate them more. I also listened to the "Yellow Submarine" record while listening to this. Perfect combination.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    The charm of the Beatles outweighs the horrendous editing and repetitiveness.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    If you are a fan of the Beatles, this will be fun to read. There were only a few things that I didn't already know, and parts repeated itself which made it a tedious read. But I enjoyed seeing different artists tell parts of the band's story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    How I Came to Read This Book: A random pick-up at the library. The Plot: The Beatles story is told in about two dozen different comic chapters, interspersed with contextual historical background before each graphic novel portion (and some random asides, like lyrics and weird fun facts told at the end). Each comic is crafted by a different artist who all give the group very different visual treatments. Everything from the Quarrymen to touring in America to Yoko Ono are covered here - including lif How I Came to Read This Book: A random pick-up at the library. The Plot: The Beatles story is told in about two dozen different comic chapters, interspersed with contextual historical background before each graphic novel portion (and some random asides, like lyrics and weird fun facts told at the end). Each comic is crafted by a different artist who all give the group very different visual treatments. Everything from the Quarrymen to touring in America to Yoko Ono are covered here - including life after the band broke up. The Good & The Bad: I have no real feelings about this book either way, so three stars it gets. It's a breezy skate through various key chapters of The Beatles' careers, some more relevant than others (the 'Paul is Dead' section, while amusing and something I'd never heard of before, didn't really seem as critical in the grand Beatles' lore). There were certainly some artistic interpretations I enjoyed reading more than others, but in general the comics were pretty coherent and interesting. At times they overlapped a bit too much with the introductory chapters, to the point where I often skim read or only read part of the contextual intros, so as not to "spoil" the comic bits. I'm not sure what complaints people would really have - I'm just kind of indifferent! This was an enjoyable enough fly over of the history of the greatest band of all time. The Bottom Line: A creative if not wholly complete tribute to The Beatles. It may not be satisfying for the diehards out there, but I enjoyed it. Anything Memorable?: Lots of crazy facts picked up along the way. The Beatles were the first band to ever play stadiums in the U.S. They refused to get back together for a charity reunion concert for $230M. 2019 Book Challenge?: Book #41 in 2019.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This is a comic book that is a nonfictional account of the Beatles forming and rising to fame. It begins with how John, Paul, and George meet and, along with some other friends, begin the Beatles. It shows how they develop as a band, their popularity (Beatlemania), and ends with their Shea Stadium concert. Some good points about this book are how it sticks to nonfiction and does it in a linear way in a graphic novel format. I think that is an interesting way to get that information across to youn This is a comic book that is a nonfictional account of the Beatles forming and rising to fame. It begins with how John, Paul, and George meet and, along with some other friends, begin the Beatles. It shows how they develop as a band, their popularity (Beatlemania), and ends with their Shea Stadium concert. Some good points about this book are how it sticks to nonfiction and does it in a linear way in a graphic novel format. I think that is an interesting way to get that information across to younger audiences. However, I found many distracting qualities in this book that prevented me from really liking or enjoying it. This graphic novel is an apparent collaboration of various authors and perhaps various writers. At some points it reads just like a memoir with actual photographs and then goes off into illustrations recreating events or. conversations. Sometimes the story will leave off on one point, only to have it picked up and reiterated on the next page, which made it feel that it lacked editing. Also, I found it distracting to have several illustrators with different style thoroughly the book. Sometimes you can’t quite recognize the characters of the Beatles. I am a big fan of the Beatles and have read books about the band in the past so I was going into this book intrigued by the idea of a Beatles comic book, but I was disappointed. Thank you Netgalley for my complimentary copy in return for my honest opinion.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ella Schilling

    Quite hilarious how many inaccuracies there are. Here are some highlights: - "My Ronnie" lies over the ocean - On July 6, 1957, John performs with a nice full-size Martin cutaway, in a natural finish - Paul receives a guitar for his 14th birthday - "All My Losing" I will send to you - Elvis and his manager Tom Palmer - "Yesterday" is the third song on the album Help! - The Beatles attended Brian Epstein's funeral - "Hey Jude" is 7 minutes of the "na na na na" chorus - "Revolution 9" is the "least appreci Quite hilarious how many inaccuracies there are. Here are some highlights: - "My Ronnie" lies over the ocean - On July 6, 1957, John performs with a nice full-size Martin cutaway, in a natural finish - Paul receives a guitar for his 14th birthday - "All My Losing" I will send to you - Elvis and his manager Tom Palmer - "Yesterday" is the third song on the album Help! - The Beatles attended Brian Epstein's funeral - "Hey Jude" is 7 minutes of the "na na na na" chorus - "Revolution 9" is the "least appreciated" track of the Beatles' whole discography - Paul's solo album RAM was simply "praised by reviewers" NEVERTHELESS this is still a very enjoyable collection of comic strips that I greatly appreciated. The errors don't necessarily detract from one's pleasure when reading this! It is a fast read, like a movie. It is nice to relax with some pictures once in a while, rather than the huge volumes Beatles fans are usually working their way through. There were some great artistic moments throughout, that demonstrate the strength of visual art. So it is another side of the Beatles worth pursuing.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Free ARC from work. This is an odd collection, the story (roughly speaking) of the Beatles told in 24 chapters, each by a different illustrator. The art styles clash strangely, and the English translation seems to have been done by the internet. Also, there are just a lot of weird errors (the Beatles did not have a song called "All I'm Losing" and I have never heard them called "the four boys on the wind." Perhaps that's a French thing?). The author is listed as "Michels Mabel" (get it?) so mayb Free ARC from work. This is an odd collection, the story (roughly speaking) of the Beatles told in 24 chapters, each by a different illustrator. The art styles clash strangely, and the English translation seems to have been done by the internet. Also, there are just a lot of weird errors (the Beatles did not have a song called "All I'm Losing" and I have never heard them called "the four boys on the wind." Perhaps that's a French thing?). The author is listed as "Michels Mabel" (get it?) so maybe no one is actually taking credit for this hodgepodge.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rigoberto Vega

    I felt like I was reading and seeing a detailed timeline of the life and career of the Beatles. Each chapter does a great job giving you a short summary of what was taking place at the time with photographs and some writing before each comic section. One of the things I disliked was the lack of psychedelic imagery because the Beatles were so involved in 60's drug culture, that it feels like a big missed opportunity for the artist involved. Still, I liked the graphic novel regardless of the minor I felt like I was reading and seeing a detailed timeline of the life and career of the Beatles. Each chapter does a great job giving you a short summary of what was taking place at the time with photographs and some writing before each comic section. One of the things I disliked was the lack of psychedelic imagery because the Beatles were so involved in 60's drug culture, that it feels like a big missed opportunity for the artist involved. Still, I liked the graphic novel regardless of the minor nuisances here and there.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maria Rowe

    I enjoyed the variety of illustrators but the book was very disjointed. Each chapter consists of a few pages of writing, then a comic. But the writing and comic just repeat each other. It was really repetitive, and I started to skip the written pages and just read the comics. Really needed some editing. Plus, there were some errors in it such as saying there was just a few years in between McCartney getting the MBE and being knighted: that was actually several decades. The illustrations overall ra I enjoyed the variety of illustrators but the book was very disjointed. Each chapter consists of a few pages of writing, then a comic. But the writing and comic just repeat each other. It was really repetitive, and I started to skip the written pages and just read the comics. Really needed some editing. Plus, there were some errors in it such as saying there was just a few years in between McCartney getting the MBE and being knighted: that was actually several decades. The illustrations overall ranged from great to ok (a few of the comics I couldn’t tell who was who).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Raven Terry

    Thanks NetGalley for this ARC, in exchange for an honest review... First, this book is worth just for the photos alone, the artwork in addition to that is just damn amazing. There is literally no such thing as too much Beatles, it was fun to rehash the facts I knew and learned a couple of new things as well... I truly enjoyed it, especially the tickets at the end, classic and fun. It truly makes me wish that i’d been alive for it! Incredibly fun read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brendan

    This was a fun little book with chapters about stages in the life of the Beatles interspersed with some panels depicting an event from that time. There’s some fun facts in here even for someone like me who already knows a lot about the band. Some of the artists are more interesting than others, and the comic panels are where the real draw is in this book. Still, one I’d recommend to Beatles fans as it’s a unique take on the history of the band.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sheri S.

    This is a great overview of how the Beatles came together as well as their history before their ultimate dissolution. As someone who didn't know a lot about the Beatles before, I feel like I am well informed. The chapters begin with a brief amount of text followed by comics that explain the text. I enjoyed the book and now, please excuse me, while I go listen to a few of their songs... :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jiyun

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think the book covers lots of details about The Beatles--I heard that they were the most famous band group once--, but there were some confusing points in this book since I didn't know anything about The Beatles, and how they look like. The ways of drawing characters changed too often that I couldn't see who's who in the comics.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Entertaining and informative graphic novel bio of the Beatles. Some very good info with some surprises, and ultimately a very "Hunter Davis" like kind of work, respectful and protective of the band's legacy. The book gives proper respect to George Martin and Brian Epstein.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth P

    I was interested to read about the Beatles. The maddening thing about this book, though, is that it has a short factual account in the Beatles' history and then that exact same account is told in graphic novel format. What would have been enjoyable in either format became annoying because of the duplication. It was okay but I was hoping for better.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jye

    Didn’t really tell me anything that I didn’t already know, but it was fun reading through the Beatles’ career and stopping after each chapter and watching the matching footage on YouTube when I could.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ron Bailey

    Very fun brief overview of the Beatles history despite some typos and some inaccuracies most Beatles fans know.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachelf

    I really enjoyed this! An interesting new way of presenting The Beatles story. Loved the use of different artists to represent different stages of the story ☺️

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    The Beatles story told through very cool illustrations. A tiny nitpick, when mentioning that Sean Lennon was born in October of 1975, they failed to mention that he was born on his father's birthday!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Lee

    The Beatles in Comics! is a graphic novel telling the rise and breakup of the Fab Four. Each chapter begins with a paragraph on a certain era of The Beatles career and is illustrated by different artists. It was interesting how each artist depicted their sections and I enjoyed re-visiting the biography of one of my favourite bands. However I did find it quite repetitive and decided on a 2.5 rating.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    Fun to read and entertaining. It would perfect in the hardcover format. Lovely drawings and good introduction to the different chapters in the Beatles story. I would love to read the entire book as the ARC stops at the Shea Stadium. A must have for Beatles fans. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC

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