Thursday, July 23, 2009

'Yellow Submarine' Artist Heinz Edelmann Dies at 75

Heinz Edelmann, the graphic designer and illustrator for the Beatles 'Yellow Submarine,' died Tuesday, July 21, in Germany from heart disease and kidney failure. Though he wasn't a musician, he was a vital part of Beatles lore nevertheless for his work on the 1968 animated film. He was 75 years old.

Creating the world of Pepperland, Edelmann illustrated figures like the Blue Meanies, the villains of the film who pursue the Beatles through a morphing seascape. Going beyond the simplistic work of the hit Beatles animated series, the film version of 'Yellow Submarine' was praised as moving art for its psychedelic imagery that perfectly captured the flowery feeling of the late '60s.

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