Hot Sheet: Steel a Glance

The top 10 entertainment and events highlights on our gaydar this week: from the sexiest Superman ever to the gay fifth Beatle.



6. COMICS: The Fifth Beatle

The amazing and much-anticipated graphic novel The Fifth Beatle (Dark Horse) is a must-read for anyone who wants to know about the the Beatles' gay manager, Brian Epstein. Gay during a time when it was still a felony in the U.K., Epstein was a brilliant visionary who discovered John, Paul, Ringo, and George, turned them into stars, and got them a record deal when no one else would sign them. Ironically, he pushed the Beatles to international stardom all the while struggling with his own outsider status as a gay man from Liverpool (then a working-class port town) who was also Jewish (at a time when anti-Semitism was rampant). Epstein died at 32, after the Beatles put out Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Written by multiple Tony Award–winning producer and longtime marriage equality supporter Vivek J. Tiwary (Green Day’s American Idiot, The Addams Family, Mel Brooks’ The Producers) and hand-painted by fanboy favorite Andrew C. Robinson (Superman), The Fifth Beatle is ultimately an uplifting and inspirational story of Epstein’s legacy and what it means to move beyond crushing personal obstacles and insurmountable odds. The folks behind the book are also partnering with Freedom to Marry, another reason to check it out. — Diane Anderson-Minshall

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