Many people have claimed the title of “fifth Beatle,” the unacknowledged secret ingredient that made the greatest rock band of all time so successful. Vivek J. Tiwary’s and Andrew C. Robinson’s graphic novel The Fifth Beatle takes up the case of Brian Epstein, the manager who originally found The Beatles in Liverpool and helped guide them to superstardom.
Originally published in 2013 to much critical acclaim (including Eisner and Harvey Awards), The Fifth Beatle is now available in an expanded paperback edition, just in time for a planned TV event-series adaptation.
The new edition includes some extra behind-the-scenes content, including Robinson’s original pencils and inks for various pages. In the scene below, for instance, multiple ’60s rock stars converge at a party. The new edition features Robinson’s original breakdowns of the scene.
The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story is out now in paperback.