(In 1978, the band -- without Gabriel or original guitarist Steve Hackett -- wrote a more directly comic related song about Little Nemo called "Scenes from a Night's Dream." I'll cover that in some other blog post.)
"Get 'Em Out by Friday" relays the story of a business man whose job it is to make his company's tenement flats more efficient sources of income. He pulls some shady stuff with the tenants, eventually coming up with a decree that all residents must be under four feet tall so "they can fit twice as many in the same building site." The character is then knighted for his great service. I won't get into all the details of the lyrics, but there's all manner of early 1970s British social commentary going on.
Now, during live performances, Peter Gabriel would don very elaborate costumes and essentially sing as the various characters. It was deliberately very theatrical. Here's Gabriel performing another song with Genesis...
OK, so in 1976, just after Gabriel left the group, French artist Jean Solé wrote and drew a comic book version of "Get 'Em Out by Friday" and published it in Fluide Glacial #8. The lyrics have been (badly, to my understanding) translated into French by Alain Dister, but what's particularly interesting, I think, is that Solé not only conveys the thrust of the story, but he also portrays Gabriel's performance as well, showing the costume changes which get increasingly out of control. Gabriel would often change costumes on stage mid-song, and several of his more famous get-ups are shown in the final panel.
I've long wondered about turning some great pieces of musical storytelling (particularly some of this Gabriel-era Genesis stuff) into comics, and it turns out that others have actually gone ahead and done exactly that.