Thursday, September 6, 2007

Holy Beatlemania - The Fab Four go to Gotham



Almost daily I'm amazed how pervasive The Beatles influence has been. Aside from the obvious clones and copycats, there's oblique references like Terry Gilliam's Monty Python animations and The Goodies music based slapstick skits. To even more obscure motifs like Chekov's haircut in Star Trek (honestly! It really is based on a Beatles moptop).

And then there's batty Beatlemania of Batman no. 222 "Dead Til Proven Alive". The June 1970 issue based around the Paul is dead rumors, which sees the Dynamic Duo trying to crack clues - backward recordings, cryptic artwork etc, to reveal the rogue rock star. Fortunately the full story has been scanned in and is available to read here . It's almost as bonkers as issue 133 of Daredevil which guest stars international "mentalist" Uri Geller in a walk on appearance.

5 comments:

marmiteboy said...

Cool story dude. And as you know I don't like the Beatles.

Planet Mondo said...

I'm sure I remember seeing the White Album in the Marmite Music Library

marmiteboy said...

I'm afraid not. I've got the Whitey Album bt Ciccone Youth though.

I have to confess to owning The Magical Mystery Tour and Help though.

Keith said...

Wow! That is so cool. I really liked that. Thanks for sharing that with me. I had no idea. I've never had a chance to really see any of the older Batman issues.

pete doree said...

Ok, you beat me, that's even more insane than The Sons Of Superman & Batman. I can see I'll have to try harder!
BTW Marv Wolfman is STILL embarrassed
about that DD / Uri Geller story.