Bettie Page has always been a love of mine, and I stumbled across this comic during my travels. The publisher misspelled our darling’s name, but still … well. See for yourself. It’s here for the download.
Over the years, Bettie worked in San Francisco, in Haiti and New York City. It was in the latter that she tried to find work as an actress. While in NYC she supported herself by working as a secretary. In 1950, while walking along the Coney Island shore, Bettie met Jerry Tibbs, a police officer with an interest in photography. She was a willing model, and Tibbs took pictures of her and put together her first pinup portfolio.
After that, Bettie entered the field of glamour photography as a popular camera club model. Bettie’s name and image became quickly known, and in 1951, her image appeared in men’s magazines such as Wink, Titter, Eyefull and Beauty Parade.
From 1952 through 1957, she posed for photographer Irving Klaw for mail-order photographs with pin-up and bondage themes. Klaw also used Bettie in dozens of short, black-and-white 8mm and 16mm films. These silent featurettes showed women clad in lingerie and high heels, acting out scenarios of abduction, domination, and slave-training; bondage, spanking, and elaborate leather costumes and restraints were included periodically. Bettie alternated between playing a stern dominatrix, and a helpless victim bound hand and foot. Klaw also produced a line of still photos taken during these sessions. Some have become iconic images, such as his highest-selling photo of Bettie — shown gagged and bound in a web of ropes, from the film Leopard Bikini Bound.
In 1953, Bettie appeared on The United States Steel Hour and The Jackie Gleason Show. Her Off-Broadway productions included “Time is a Thief” and “Sunday Costs Five Pesos.” Bettie acted and danced in the feature-length burlesque revue film Striporama. She was given a brief speaking role, the only time her voice has been captured on film.
In 1954, Bettie was signed for a photo session at the wildlife park Africa USA in Boca Raton, Florida. The Jungle Bettie photographs from this shoot are among her most celebrated. The leopard skin patterned Jungle Girl outfit she wore was made, along with much of her lingerie, by Bettie herself.
In 1955, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, selected Bettie for the Playmate of the Month centerfold in the January 1955 issue. The famous photo shows Bettie, wearing only a Santa hat, kneeling before a Christmas tree holding an ornament and playfully winking at the camera.
In 1955, Bettie won the title “Miss Pinup Girl of the World”. She also became known as “The Queen of Curves” and “The Dark Angel.” While pin-up and glamour models frequently have careers measured in months, Bettie was in demand for several years, continuing to model until 1957. Although she frequently posed nude, she never appeared in scenes with explicit sexual content.
… from Wikipedia