Wells’ contemporary reputation reflects the enduring impact of his writings, especially of such books as The War of the Worlds, but it results also from the way in which his pioneering stories have been taken, and continue to be taken, to new audiences across the world on film, music, radio and television.
His publications, alongside ongoing audio-visual adaptations thereof, reaffirm Wells’s prominent place in contemporary popular culture. Indeed, Wells’s role as an influential popular cultural figure was highlighted by his inclusion on the cover of The Beatles’ iconic ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ (1967) music album. Released fifty years ago, the Grammy Award-winning album, whose cover was designed by PeterBlake and Jann Haworth from an initial sketch by Paul McCartney, has sold over thirty million copies.
Reportedly a list of “heroes” – they included Wells - to picture on the album cover was drawn up by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Peter Blake and Jann Haworth. Ringo Starr said he would go along with what the other Beatles agreed.
What a great way to be featured.