When I was kid, my mom bought so much Betty Boop stuff. Betty Boop mugs. Betty Boop plates. I couldn’t take a step without seeing the little red dress in my periphery. Now, I had no idea who Betty Boop was, but I gathered she was important for some reason.
It looks like I’ll get to find out what that reason is now that Dynamite has partnered with Fleischer Studios and King Features Syndicate to bring Betty Boop to the comics page after twenty years of boop-less drudgery.
Cartoonist Max Fleischer first created the premiere female animated star in 1930 for Talkartoons, one of the first animated series to feature voice work. Since her inception, she’s been featured in countless cartoons on TV and in film.
“Betty Boop is timeless, like Superman, Marilyn Monroe, Mickey Mouse, or Louis Armstrong. She’s a fixture of American culture, with such a wide appeal that her image can be found anywhere from a young child’s wardrobe to the toughest biker’s tattoos. Every generation over the past 85 years has embraced her charm and personality. Personally, I can recall her appearance in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit as the defining moment in which I first fell in love with the character. We hope that Dynamite’s upcoming line of original Betty Boop comic books and graphic novels will serve as the defining moment for a whole new generation of ‘Boopers’.”
Alex is the New Media Editor of the Comics Beat. He is also a freelance comics editor with previous credits at First Second, Top Cow, and Papercutz. He primarily covers DC Comics and Magic: the Gathering.