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BETTIE PAGE RETURNS TO COMICS THIS JULY
Dynamite Entertainment has been picking up a number of old licenses over the past year. They're releasing comics featuring the likes of Mighty Mouse and Betty Boop. Now the publisher is adding another older icon to the mix with Bettie Page. This July sees the release of a new series telling the untold tales of the starlet as an undercover operative in 1950s Hollywood. The comic is written by David Avallone and illustrated by Colton Worely. Here's the write-up from the publisher:
In this latest telling, Ms. Page is more modest than Ms. Blaise, but peels more than Ms. Emma. She out-vamps Vampirella, but she's sweeter than Honey West. She puts the mod in model, and the bangs in bang-bang. Now the world can know the truth: her classified adventures back in 1951 Hollywood have officially been declassified.
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Writer David Avallone says, "Like a lot of people my age, I 'discovered' Bettie Page through comics, when Dave Stevens used her to inspire the ingénue starlet of The Rocketeer. She's such a compelling, iconic figure, with such a fascinating life story, that I was thrilled when Dynamite Senior Editor Joe Rybandt asked me if I could build a comic book mini-series around her. After a lot of research into the life and times of Bettie, I chose to put her in Hollywood at the start of the fifties and the beginning of her modeling career. It's all fictional, of course, but it's built on some corners of her real biography, and the real history of the time. I hope I've made my fictional Bettie as funny, as sweet, as sharp, as tough, and as delightful as the real one."
Artist Colton Worely says, "It's just a fun, kooky story. Fun characters, a crazy story, and oh, hey, it stars Bettie Page. What's not to like?"
Dynamite Entertainment Executive Editor Joseph Rybandt said of the new project, "Creating a compelling narrative for Bettie Page was a bit of a challenge; we wanted to embrace the setting, the time, and add something extra to it, but weren't quite sure what. Enter David Avallone who nailed the tone, spirit, and overall adventure we wanted, and which Bettie truly deserves."
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This is not the first time Bettie Page has graced a comic book. She debuted in the 1980s when Dave Stevens based the Rocketeer's girlfriend Betty on her in more ways than one. Page also popped up in an anthology series from Black Cat Comics, a limited pinup series, and most recently in Betty Page Comics from Dark Horse written and illustrated by Jim Silke.
Bettie Page #1 is set for release in July. It will feature a slew of variant covers if you're into that. Covers include work from Terry Dodson, Colton Worley, Joseph Michael Linsner, and Scott Chantler. Limited edition variants in “black-and-white” and “virgin art” formats are also available as retailer incentives. There are also limited edition “Black Bag” editions reminiscent of the pinup star's era.
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