Dynamite have announced today that Bettie Page is going to be appearing in her own comic, bringing us a character known as an iconic pin-up girl from the 50’s. This new series, written by David Avallone (Doc Savage: The Ring of Fire, The Twilight Zone: The Shadow) and drawn by Colton Worely (The Shadow, Project Superpowers: Blackcross) will arrive in July.
Describing how Page will be presented as a comic book character, Dynamite say she’s “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”.
The comic is going to focus on her “classified adventures back in 1951 Hollywood” which are now “declassified”.
Writer David Avallone reflects on Bettie Page’s influence on comics and this series:
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 adds, “It’s just a fun, kooky story. Fun characters, a crazy story, and oh, hey, it stars Bettie Page. What’s not to like?”
As Avallone hints, Ms. Page has a long history in comics, starting with her debut in the 1980’s when Dave Stevens based the Rocketeer’s girlfriend “Betty” on the iconic leading lady. She was also included in the anthology series from Black Cat Comics and appeared in Dark Horse’s Bettie Page Comics written and illustrated by Jim Silke.
The first issue of the comic will have a number of variant covers, including: Terry Dodson (Marvel Knights: Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Uncanny X-Men), interior artist Colton Worley, Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn, Harley Quinn), and Scott Chantler (Three Thieves, Two Generals), respectively.
Here’s further cover and order information:
Limited variant editions in “Black & White” and “Virgin Art” formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds. There’s also a limited-edition “Black Bag” edition, reminiscent of the pinup star’s era.
Bettie Page #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ May 2017 Previews catalog.