Comic Review: The Beatles, Yellow Submarine (Titan)

It’s the psychedelic dream come true: The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine story is coming out as a graphic novel hardcover, published by Titan! This project was indeed a dream come true, […]

It’s the psychedelic dream come true: The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine story is coming out as a graphic novel hardcover, published by Titan!

This project was indeed a dream come true, finally, for Bill Morrison. He had been working on the adaptation of this hit 1968 animated movie for Dark Horse years ago, when the project was canceled. Through a series of chance meetings and skilled diplomacy, the time has finally arrived for the release of this comic book project. Indeed, it’s the 50th anniversary of the film’s release! Time for a deluxe graphic novel adaptation by the newly appointed editor of MAD magazine, Bill Morrison!

Following closely in the footsteps of the Yellow Submarine’s visual creator, German illustrator, and art director Heinz Edelmann, Morrison recreates the zany and imaginative story for print. There is careful attention to detail in this fully authorized edition.

Page after page of the adventure in this new release positively glow; not just from the psychedelic colors of the images, but from the freshly reconfigured layout of the book: it is the movie in book format.

It’s great fun for those of us of a ‘certain age’ to rediscover the wild adventure of the Beatles, as they liberate Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and the undersea residents of Pepperland from the evil Blue Meanies. They hate happiness, love, and music. We couldn’t abide by that in 1968, and we can’t abide by it in 2018! New readers will be delighted… the story has the look and feel of a big budget indie comic story!

Much has changed in the world since the release of the Yellow Submarine, including how stories are told. But this one is a classic, and the ideas are as fresh and irrelevant today as they were back in the day. The imaginative Beatles dialogue, carefully transcribed from the movie, and the incredibly vivid drawings are amazing to admire.
See how many Beatles song references you can spot!

Titan Comics, The Beatles: Yellow Submarine, $19.49 for 112 pages of content, All ages

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!