Award-winning artist Jim Silke’s version of Bettie Page has been lauded as one of the key players in her enduring popularity. Now Dynamite is bringing Silke’s work back to life after 20 years, with the trade paperback reprinting of Bettie Page: Queen of the Nile.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Bettie Page’s legacy saw a huge spike, and modern pinup artists like Olivia De Berardinis and Dave Stevens helped grow the allure. Silke joined the movement, providing his talents to the legend in his own way. The artist has also offered his style for Vampirella as well as his independent comic Rascals in Paradise and many art books.
Originally intended for an anthology curated by Stevens, Silke got so into his work and his first story starring Page that it expanded into the Spicy Adventure, published on its own and included in this new collection. The popularity then led to the ambitious Queen of the Nile miniseries. Rounding out the compilation fans can find covers by Stevens and an introduction by Frank Cho.
Check out a synopsis of the story:
“Within the story, Bettie enters a whole new web of trouble when a low-budget time machine accidentally transports her to ancient Egypt. There she battles the High Priest of Amon Ra and tangles with a lovesick mummy twice her size. She wiggles and squirms and bumps and grinds to avoid their evil clutches. But she cannot avoid the inevitable, as everyone falls in love with her. All culminating in landing right in the middle of a love triangle with Julius Caesar and Cleopatra. This can’t end well for the Queen of the Pinups.”
“When I first drew Bettie Page, I had no idea she would work her magic on me for the rest of my life. That was in 1951. And now, nearly seventy years later, with Dynamite’s republishing of Queen of the Nile, she’s part of my life again and I love it,” said Silke.
The artist continued, “I never met Bettie in person, but she called one day to thank me for my books about her. She did, however, have one reservation. She said, ‘You sometimes make me look very mean.’ I apologized and then politely told her that she had often charmed me into doing all kinds of things I had never dreamed of doing before. She laughed at that.”
Bettie Page: Queen of the Nile trade paperback will be available for preorder at your local comic shop in July. The book is slated to release in September. For digital, head to Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more.