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MARVEL SUPER SPECIAL #7: SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (THE ARTIST'S BOOTLEG EDITION) (Jan 1979) Marvel Comics

cover:  George Perez
MARVEL SUPER SPECIAL #7: SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (THE ARTIST'S BOOTLEG EDITION)
Date:  Jan 1979
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Publisher: marvel.com

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Bootleg/Xeroxed

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    Credits
    "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (48 pages) 
    writer:  David Kraft
    D Jon Zimmerman
    art:  George Perez
    Jim Mooney
    colors:  N/A
    letters:  N/A
    editor:  N/A
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    Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Artist's Bootleg Edition)

    posted Jan 15, 2016, 3:16 AM by Vu Nguyen


    MARVEL SUPER SPECIAL #7: SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (THE ARTIST'S BOOTLEG EDITION) (Jan 1979)
    Marvel Comics
    From grailpage

    You are bidding one copy of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band THE ARTIST’S BOOTLEG EDITION created by me from my collection of material on the infamous Marvel Super Special issue #7, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. This issue was withdrawn at the last minute by Marvel due to undisclosed reasons and all copies (if any were indeed printed) were destroyed prior to distribution. Marvel Super Special #7, an adaptation of the film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by writer David Anthony Kraft and artists George Pérez and Jim_Mooney was promoted on the Bullpen Bulletins page in Marvel Comics cover-dated January 1979. It was never published in the U.S. "because the book was late and the movie proved to be a commercial failure," according to a contemporaneous news account, which added, without substantiation, that, "Reportedly, Marvel's adaptation was published in Japan". A French translation was published by Arédit-Artima under two covers, one for the French market and one for the French-speaking Canadian market. A Dutch version with yet another different cover was published.

    Penciler George Pérez, recalled that Marvel had

    "...nearly zero cooperation from the Robert Stigwood company [which produced the film] and we didn't realize that the [movie] script was still in so much flux that things we were putting in the comic were not going to appear in the movie and things we didn't know about were going to be added to the movie. The plot was so convoluted and cheesy — even on the printed page — and after a while we realized it was not really going anywhere. They said they were going to have all these superstars appear at the end of the film and, of course, in the end they couldn't get them — not that we could have used them anyway, because we didn't have the licenses to use their likenesses. Also, I was paired with a very incompatible inker because the book was running so late. I was doing a terrible job on it, Jim Mooney was a terrible fit for me — though he did the best he could — [and] it was just one disaster after another. It was one of the nadirs of my career. I was so grateful that the book never got an American release. I've yet to see a copy of Sgt. Pepper."*

    A few copies were printed in foreign language territories such as France, the Netherlands and Germany, however no English language copies are known to exist, and even George Perez, who illustrated the comic, has stated that he has never seen a copy himself, and he said that he considers it to be “the rarest piece of George Perez printed artwork you can find”.

    Well look no more!!! I am a collector of original art, scripts, and items specializing in unpublished or controversial material. Working with the writer of this issue David Anthony Kraft on other items, he discovered his original script and the editorial pages that were to be used to create this issue. I have taken the editorial pages and have created a few example copies of this comic from my collection to bring the non-existent into existences, and was able to get George Perez sign a few copies at this years' Dragon Con as well as the writer David Kraft. As of now, the only people who have copies of this are Mr. Perez, Mr. Kraft, and I, so if you are interested in what this might have looked like, here is your chance. Once again, none of this is original art nor material, and it is provided as reference material only. Thanks for Bidding!!!

     

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