Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mark Arnold:

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The old Dell release of the Beatles comic gets a new review. And does anyone remember Barry M. Goldwater? If not, there’s still his 1964 US Presidential election comic book biography to consider.


Beatles (Dell)

Despite becoming the best-selling pop/rock group of all time, The Beatles only had two comic books issued about them during their 60s heyday: this one and a later movie adaptation for Yellow Submarine in 1968.Somewhat surprising, especially since they made four other motion pictures and an animated series from which to draw inspiration from.

The lives of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr are chronicled from their early days in Liverpool up to the then-present-day Beatlemaniaas.







Barry M. Goldwater

The US Presidential election of 1964 was similar to ones today and included much mudslinging—namely in an anti-Goldwater television ad that portrayed Goldwater as a warmonger that probably cost him the election. Both incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson and Republican candidate Barry M. Goldwater had comic book biographies issued about them by Dell during the election year so that voters could make an educated decision.

As it is highly improbable that anyone over 21 (the then minimum voting age) consulted these books to make their choice, they appear today as just interesting novelties of their time.






Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at Whew!

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