MILWAUKIE, Ore., (August 21, 2023)— Dark Horse Books presents a new edition of the Eisner, Harvey, and Lambda Literary Award-winning graphic novel, The Fifth Beatle, in The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story (Anniversary Edition), written by Vivek J. Tiwary, illustrated and colored by Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker, and lettered by Steve Dutro.
The Fifth Beatle recounts the true story of visionary Beatles manager Brian Epstein—who engineered Beatlemania, guiding the Beatles from basement gigs to unprecedented international stardom while wrestling with personal demons and the trappings of massive ambition and success. An inspiring human story about chasing your dreams, The Fifth Beatle also reveals an important, unsung chapter in the Beatles’ history.
The anniversary edition features a new cover by Christopher Brunner and Rico Renzi, a new introduction by legendary music manager Kelly Curtis (Pearl Jam), an accompanying musical soundtrack/playlist curated by writer Vivek J. Tiwary, and an expanded sketchbook section including Christopher Brunner and Rico Renzi’s comments on the new cover. The edition also includes the original introductions from Billy J. Kramer and Andrew Loog Oldham.
The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story (Anniversary Edition) TPB (184 pages, 8 x 12.1875″) arrives in bookstores November 21, 2023 and in comic shops November 22, 2023. It is now available to pre-order for $24.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local comic shop and indie bookstore. For more information, visit FifthBeatle.com.
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Praise for The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story:
“Abounds with emotional moments . . . Filled with vibrant images.” —The New York Times
“The Fifth Beatle, with its heightened graphic artistry, brings to life Brian Epstein’s singular contribution not just to the Beatles, but to pop culture as a whole…this intimate portrait of a man as lonely as he was beloved, perfectly captures what it means to believe in something big.”—Baz Luhrman (Elvis, Moulin Rouge!)
“Writer Vivek J. Tiwary, and artists Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker, captured the soaring thrill of music with comic book art in their Brian Epstein epic The Fifth Beatle. It’s a must-have for any Fab Four or comics fan that brings an era of music history to life so vividly.”—Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy)
“The Fifth Beatle is my favorite kind of true story—an ordinary person who changes the world while inspiring others. Brian Epstein…discovered, managed, and steered the Beatles from a basement club in Liverpool to worldwide superstardom and influence, all while overcoming personal, political, and societal obstacles. It’s a story for anyone who needs to be reminded of the power that comes with dreaming big dreams.”—Brad Meltzer (Ordinary People Change the World series, Identity Crisis)
“A wonderfully eccentric telling of one of the great unsung architects of 20th Century culture, with luminous art by two modern masters of the field.” —Warren Ellis (Gun Machine, Red)
“Reveals an unexpected side of the Beatles’ manager and renders the Beatles’ story in a fresh, sophisticated way—full of poetic variation and surprising delicacy.” —Dave Marsh (Born To Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story, The Beatles’ Second Album)
“10/10 . . . Brilliant in every aspect.” –IGN’s Best Graphic Novel, 2013
“Heartbreaking, exhilarating and unexpected . . . A complete triumph.” —The Hollywood Reporter