On April 10, 1970, Paul McCartney announced – a week before the release of his first solo album – that he was leaving the Beatles. The band had rocketed to mega-stardom in the mid-60s, and speculation on their breakup has traditionally made Yoko Ono (John Lennon's wife) the scapegoat, although both Ono and McCartney have since said that the band was moving that direction anyway.
Inspired by McCartney's frank comments in the 1970 press release, "Paul McCartney: Carry That Weight," according to the publisher, "takes a snapshot of the afternoon Paul McCartney made the final decision to quit the most beloved band of all time, and imagines the thoughts and feelings behind it.”
McCartney was not involved in the creation of the story, although efforts were made to contact him about the project. The book, 24 pages long, deals lightly with the heavy subject. (The Beatles were not formally dissolved as a band until 1975 because of legal disputes). "These are comic books. They're meant to be fun but educational, as well," said Darren Davis, the book's publisher.
The book was published Tuesday and is one of several Bluewater biography comic books focused on politicians and celebrities. Past subjects have included Hilary Cinton, Angelina Jolie, J.K. Rowling, and George W. Bush. Singer Adele will be the subject of an upcoming edition.
"Paul McCartney: Carry That Weight" is the third Bluewater Productions comic to focus on the Beatles.