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Before Marilyn and Madonna, Betty booped and wriggled her way into hearts with her unique mix of wide-eyed innocence and sensuality. Even while her short cartoons were making history, she was also starring in a full color Sunday Page--125 of them here. Plus 160 dailies. Here is a naïve young chorus girl and star, trying hard to survive in Hollywood, amidst the screwballs, crazy directors and looney actors....essentially, the creators were spoofing their own industry with the delectable Ms. Boop as the innocent heroine.
Although she made her film debut as a curvaceous cabaret singer in the Max Fleischer short Dizzy Dishes on August 9, 1930, Betty Boop remains animation's first leading lady and a glamorous international icon. Musicians as famous as Cab Calloway worked on her cartoons (and appeared in the prologue of several). She made songs like "Old Man of the Mountain" and "Minnie the Moocher" come to life, and she spoofed "Snow White" with songs and softshoe by Cab Calloway...and she went to Hell in "Hell's Bells."
This begins with a handsome, fully illustrated introduction by comics pro Mort Walker, "Made of Pen and Ink, She Can Win You with a Wink." We also have a short foreword by Max Fleisher's grandchildren, Mark Fleisher and Virginia Mahoney.
Then we see four wonderful out of the inkwell pages, showing Koko the Clown before the advent of Betty. Next up, we have eleven weeks of The Original Boop-Boop-a-Doop Girl by Helen Kane. Kane was the voice of Betty Boop in the cartoons. When negotiations broke down between Fleisher and King Features, Helen jumped in with her own Sunday page--which ran in just ONE newspaper. It lasted just until the agreement was made, then the real Betty Boop begins. And we get to read all 125 Sundays and 160 dailies, many never before collected.
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Item Code DEFBBH Publisher Titan Publish Date 2015 ISBN 9781848567078 Print Status Out of Print Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 9x12 # Pages 240pg Color Partial Color
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