Thursday, May 26, 2022

Today in Comics History, May 26, 1967 and Ten of a Kind #428: Welcome the Rolling Stones

This is an expanded and updated version of a post originally published June 6, 2011.

It was fifty-five years ago today...since the release of my favorite rock album that includes a fake paper moustache of all time, The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band! Happy Birthday, Sarge! (And Band!)

Of course, there's also a couple interior homages:

....oh, wait, one more! Here's Daniel Irizarri's Avengerfied take on the World's Most Iconic Album Cover:

Abbey Road is a more frequently-homaged image, of course. But it isn't the only Beatles reference in comic books by a long shot. There are, of course, these references:
Let's not forget the Where's Wallyesque hunt-and-find at Reed and Sue's wedding. Can you find all four Beatles attending the happy nuptials? Why didn't they sit them together? And where's Rob and Laura Petrie? Oh, Alex Ross, you wacky hero painter, you scamp!

from Marvels #2 (Marvel, February 1994), script by Kurt Busiek, art by Alex Ross, letters by Richard Starkings and John Gaushell
(Click picture to big-event-size)

And speaking of Sergeants, how about a Mighty Marvel Musical Moment with Sgt. Fury's Lonely Club Heart Band?

from Not Brand Ecch #12 (Marvel, February 1994), written by Gary Friedrich, art by John Verpoorten
(Click picture to WWII-size)

Hey, can you name all the figures standing around Fury and the Howlers? (I can't!) Here's a start with some hints from the letters page of Not Brand Ecch #12, complete with don't-sue-us name changes:

Last but not least, let us never forget...

The Skrull Beatles!

from Wisdom #6 (Marvel, July 2007), script by Paul Cornell, pencils by Manuel Garcia, inks by Mark Farmer, colors by Guru eFX, letters by Joe Caramagna

So, there's our celebration of and homage to Sgt. Pep... oh, wait, we need some music to end with! You can play along!

"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band/With a Little Help from My Friends" by The Beatles (The Beatles: Rock Band version), by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Thank you, John, Paul, George, Ringo, and the Other George (Martin) for bringing us one of the great LPs of all time 44 years ago today in the middle of last week. Anything else to add, Skrull John?


Delta said...

... and also Rocket Raccoon.

Blam said...

I don’t know what it is but I like "fifty-fove” so much I almost don’t wanna point it out.

Bully said...

Fifty-fove! A portmanteau of fifty-five and Jon Bogdanove!