Titan Comics announced in a press release on July 13 that it will publish a new graphic novel adaptation of The Beatles’ animated film, Yellow Submarine for the film's 50th anniversary in 2018. The Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd. announced the deal with Titan, and Bravado International, The Beatles’ licensing agent in North America.
“We’re thrilled to be publishing The Beatles: Yellow Submarine for the 50th Anniversary of this fantastic movie,” said Chris Teather, Publishing Director at Titan Comics, in today's announcement. “We can’t wait for Beatles fans to experience this official adaptation.” The new book is written and illustrated by Bill Morrison, whose previous work includes comic books for The Simpsons. He is also reported a big Beatles fan as well.
Morrison began work in motion picture advertising, painting posters for many Walk Disney pictures, including The Little Mermaid, Bambi, Cinderella, Peter Pan and The Jungle Book. Besides The Simpsons, for which he was art director for the comic's first issue, he also wrote, penciled, inked or supervised the Bongo Comic series, and also worked with Simpsons creator Matt Groening on early designs for the TV show Futurama, for which he served as art director. He has also written and drawn the comic books Roswell and Little Green Man and co-created Heroes Anonymous and Lady Robotika (with the Go-Go's' Jane Wiedlin). He was recently named executive editor for Mad Magazine as the humor publication makes its move from the East Coast to Burbank, California.
The Yellow Submarine movie, which was originally released in 1968, has seen comic book adaptations in past years, including one released the year the film came out from Dell Comics. The film, as everyone knows, is the animated story of the Beatles' journey in the colorful world of Pepperland. Today's announcement said additional projects for the film's 50th anniversary are also planned.