The graphic novel of “The Fifth Beatle” about Beatles manager Brian Epstein will get its first release in the 10th anniversary issue of Rolling Stone Italy coming next week, the magazine announced Oct. 24.
Thanks to a collaboration between Dark Horse Comics and Panini Comics, “The Fifth Beatle,” written by Vivek J. Tiwary, drawn by Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker and dedicated to Epstein, will be bundled with the special issue to be published Oct. 29, which is ahead of the regular release on Nov. 19.
“I’ve been researching 'The Fifth Beatle' for more than two decades,” says Tiwary. “It’s a true labor of love! And since Italy is a country passionate about the Beatles, music and graphic novels, I'm simply honored that we are debuting 'The Fifth Beatle' in partnership with Rolling Stone Italy.”
Tiwary will also be a special guest of Panini Comics at Lucca Comics and Games in Italy October 31 to Nov. 3.
The graphic novel chronicles the early years of The Beatles through the eyes of Brian Epstein. It is being adapted into a live action feature film to be produced by Tiwary and Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty,” “Silver Linings Playbook”). It was recently revealed that Paul McCartney was given an advance copy of the book and has been a silent friend of the project.
“The Fifth Beatle” graphic novel will be available outside of Italy on Nov. 19 in a hardcover, oversized library format. In addition, both a collector’s edition and limited edition hardcover will also be available, featuring a wraparound, textured cover and a section of bonus materials including Beatles and Brian Epstein memorabilia, artist sketches and alternate covers.
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