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See Beatlemania Hit the Comic Book World During the 1960s!

In Drawing Crazy Patterns, I spotlight at least five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Note that these lists are inherently not exhaustive. They are a list of five examples (occasionally I'll be nice and toss in a sixth). So no instance is "missing" if it is not listed. It's just one of the five examples that I chose.

Reader Eladio C. asked me to spotlight some guest appearances by the Beatles in comic books.

As you might imagine, for a band that is still extremely popular TODAY, nearly fifty years after they broke up, the Beatles were a cultural phenomenon during the 1960s. They were such a significant piece of popular culture that you couldn't really pretend to be a modern comic book without at least paying some sort of homage to the Beatles in your comics. However, at the same time, comic book companies have always been very wary over actually featuring real life people in their comics. I have a whole feature, My Name It Is Nothin', about when comic books use celebrities without using their actual names. The Beatles, naturally, were very common examples of that trope, like when a Batman comic book story used the "Paul is dead" urban legend as the plot of a murder mystery.

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However, they were also featured prominently on comic books when they weren't actually IN the comic, especially a lot of romance comic books (which were naturally targeted at the same teen female audience who looooved the Beatles)...

In the years since, there have been many Beatles appearances in comic books (plus, like the featured image above, even a Marvel Super Special about the history of the group a few years after they broke up), but appearances by the actual Beatles and not comic books ABOUT them, like this Jimmy Olsen one...

were comparatively rare. But not rare enough for there not to be at least five examples! And I don't mean licensed adaptations like Dell's Yellow Submarine!

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From the humorous side of things, 1968's Not Brand Echh #8 (by Gary Friedrich and Tom Sutton) has Forbush Man try to join various Marvel teams and he keeps getting rejected. He is down on his luck and so depressed that he even turns down a chance to join the Beatles!

In 1967's The Adventures of Jerry Lewis #102 (by Arnold Drake and a still early in his career Neal Adams), Jerry Lewis' camp is being besieged by a hallucination ray, which makes the campers' fondest wish appear. For Jerry's niece, Zania, it is the Beatles being there!

A similar concept was used in 1965's Girls' Romances #109, in a gorgeously drawn story by Gene Colan, who also did the cover...

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The real Beatles do show up, but the woman imagines that there is more to their connection...

(Pretty messed up lesson in this one, right?)

1964's Herbie #5 really doesn't count (since they're called the BEETLES), but I'm putting it here anyways. Ogden Whitney was a hell of an artist...

In 1965's Metal Men #12 (by Robert Kanigher, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito), we see that the Metal Men have become very popular. This is demonstrated by the fact that even the Beatles are huge fans of them!

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