Bettie Page #2

Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

Writer: David Avallone

Artist: Colton Worley & Craig Cermak

Colors: Brittany Pezzillo

Letters: Taylor Esposito

Review by PeteR

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In Dynamite’s Bettie Page #1, we find our heroine escaping the Feds and landing a job at a science lab run by a young Howard Hughes lookalike. This being a comic book, Bettie is kidnapped and about to be sacrificed to the “Great Machine” by a bunch of robe wearing wackos. Her new boss, Rick Chaplin arrives with the cops just in time, killing Bettie’s abductor before he can say who his Master is.

Bettie Page #2 begins with her not only working on a low budget movie, The Invasion of the Space Commies, but also continuing as Rick’s assistant at P.A.S.T. Laboratories. We learn that Chaplin’s wife had run off with another scientist and former P.A.S.T. employee, Elroy Benway. Bettie and Rick chase Benway and are dissuaded by armed guards. The rest of the story is filled with various cliché’s from the 1950’s and the obligatory mystery ending.

Although writer David Avallone’s script for Bettie Page is the stuff of a B-rated drive in movie, one suspects that is the tone he is successfully trying to achieve. Bettie Page was a 50’s icon and even though she was the queen of the nude models of her era, there was always a sense of fun and whimsy in her photos. Avallone is trying to envelope the story with that kind of kitschy silliness. He is able to invoke a nostalgia for a period that is more an idea than a reality. Avallone does not write about the real Bettie Page, but rather the fantasy we all imagined.

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Much like Avallone, most of artists Colton Worley and Craig Cermak’s comic book work has been for previous Dynamite titles. Colton Worley and Craig Cermak’s artwork for the series is okay. Unfortunately for them, prior comic book renditions of Ms. Page have been created by Jim Silke and the great Dave Stevens. Those are tough acts to follow. The other challenge for the artists on this series have to contend with, is the subject herself. Since Bettie Page is a visual extravaganza all by herself, it’s difficult for any comic book artists to portray her with a sufficient amount of glamour, spectacle and sexiness.

Brittany Pezzillo’s coloring for Bettie Page #2 is the true highlight of the book. Her use of tones adds a depth to the page that the interior artwork lacked. Letterer Taylor Esposito, does a good job portraying sound effects, whispering and laughter.

Why you should buy this book? If you have never heard of Bettie Page then this series is as good a place to start as any. For those of us who are more knowledgeable about Bettie Page and her lasting impact on popular culture, Dynamite’s Bettie Page does not, yet full capture her glory.

Issue #1 of Bettie Page had 12 variant covers. For Bettie Page #2, there are three drawn variant covers: Cover A, done by Joseph Michael Linsner while Cover B and C were created by Scott Chantler. There is also a note on the inside front cover, “See back of book for more variant covers.” With their multitude of variant covers, it feels as if Dynamite Entertainment is more interested in attracting the Bettie Page collectors rather than providing an outstanding new story. Instead of having multiple covers with only one by noted “good girl” artist, Michael Linsner, the readers would be better served if Dynamite stuck with just one cover and used the additional money to have Linsner, Frank Cho, Kevin Maguire or Amanda Connors do the interior artwork. This is not meant as an insult to Colton Worley and Craig Cermak’s artwork. Rather, their efforts would be better served on action titles than cheesecake inspired caricatures.

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WHAT IS THE HERO INITIATIVE?

The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit more than 50 creators and their families with over $950,000 worth of much-needed aid, fueled by your contributions! It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

https://www.heroinitiative.org/

Bettie Page #2

 

Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

Writer: David Avallone

Artist: Colton Worley & Craig Cermak

Colors: Brittany Pezzillo

Letters: Taylor Esposito

Review by PeteR

 

In Dynamite’s Bettie Page #1, we find our heroine escaping the Feds and landing a job at a science lab run by a young Howard Hughes lookalike. This being a comic book, Bettie is kidnapped and about to be sacrificed to the “Great Machine” by a bunch of robe wearing wackos. Her new boss, Rick Chaplin arrives with the cops just in time, killing Bettie’s abductor before he can say who his Master is.

 

Bettie Page #2 begins with her not only working on a low budget movie, The Invasion of the Space Commies, but also continuing as Rick’s assistant at P.A.S.T. Laboratories. We learn that Chaplin’s wife had run off with another scientist and former P.A.S.T. employee, Elroy Benway. Bettie and Rick chase Benway and are dissuaded by armed guards. The rest of the story is filled with various cliché’s from the 1950’s and the obligatory mystery ending.

 

Although writer David Avallone’s script for Bettie Page is the stuff of a B-rated drive in movie, one suspects that is the tone he is successfully trying to achieve. Bettie Page was a 50’s icon and even though she was the queen of the nude models of her era, there was always a sense of fun and whimsy in her photos. Avallone is trying to envelope the story with that kind of kitschy silliness. He is able to invoke a nostalgia for a period that is more an idea than a reality. Avallone does not write about the real Bettie Page, but rather the fantasy we all imagined.

 

Much like Avallone, most of artists Colton Worley and Craig Cermak’s comic book work has been for previous Dynamite titles. Colton Worley and Craig Cermak’s artwork for the series is okay. Unfortunately for them, prior comic book renditions of Ms. Page have been created by Jim Silke and the great Dave Stevens. Those are tough acts to follow. The other challenge for the artists on this series have to contend with, is the subject herself. Since Bettie Page is a visual extravaganza all by herself, it’s difficult for any comic book artists to portray her with a sufficient amount of glamour, spectacle and sexiness.

 

Brittany Pezzillo’s coloring for Bettie Page #2 is the true highlight of the book. Her use of tones adds a depth to the page that the interior artwork lacked. Letterer Taylor Esposito, does a good job portraying sound effects, whispering and laughter.

 

Why you should buy this book? If you have never heard of Bettie Page then this series is as good a place to start as any. For those of us who are more knowledgeable about Bettie Page and her lasting impact on popular culture, Dynamite’s Bettie Page does not, yet full capture her glory.

 

Issue #1 of Bettie Page had 12 variant covers. For Bettie Page #2, there are three drawn variant covers: Cover A, done by Joseph Michael Linsner while Cover B and C were created by Scott Chantler. There is also a note on the inside front cover, “See back of book for more variant covers.” With their multitude of variant covers, it feels as if Dynamite Entertainment is more interested in attracting the Bettie Page collectors rather than providing an outstanding new story. Instead of having multiple covers with only one by noted “good girl” artist, Michael Linsner, the readers would be better served if Dynamite stuck with just one cover and used the additional money to have Linsner, Frank Cho, Kevin Maguire or Amanda Connors do the interior artwork. This is not meant as an insult to Colton Worley and Craig Cermak’s artwork. Rather, their efforts would be better served on action titles than cheesecake inspired caricatures.

 

WHAT IS THE HERO INITIATIVE?

The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit more than 50 creators and their families with over $950,000 worth of much-needed aid, fueled by your contributions! It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

 

https://www.heroinitiative.org/

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