Ask A Cartoonist: Happy Boop-Day To You!
Today's a very special King Features birthday-- our First Lady of Fabulous, the Booptacular Betty Boop, is celebrating her special day today!
In honor of our favorite femme fatale, I asked our cartoonists to send along their reflections and boopalicious birthday wishes to Betty.
David Reddick, Intelligent Life:
Happy Birthday, Betty Boop!
Bill Griffith, Zippy the Pinhead:
I love the old Fleischer Betty Boop cartoons---they make Zippy's "surrealism" look like Mom and Apple Pie normality. Back in '05, it was Zippy to the rescue when Betty was decapitated--an heroic feat few are aware of.
Happy Birthday, Betty---and keep making cuteness and weirdness (and weird sexiness) safe for mass consumption!
Bill Holbrook, Kevin & Kell, on the Fastrack, and Safe Havens:
I've been a fan of Betty from way back, and I give her a shout-out at every opportunity. Here's a picture from a while ago of Dethany in full Betty cosplay, and a slightly more unconventional panel from a Sunday strip.
Ron Ferdinand, Dennis the Menace:
Happy Birthday to Betty Boop from Dennis and the gang at Hank Ketcham Enterprises!
John Rose, Barney Google and Snuffy Smith:
Bodacious Birthday Wishes To Betty Boop From Her Pal, Snuffy Smith!!
Jeff Parker, Dustin:
Happy Birthday, Betty Boop! I first remember seeing this legendary fever-dream of a Betty Boop cartoon, "Minnie the Moocher," on one of those 1960s after school kids shows, and being a little creeped out, but totally blown away -- Cab Calloway, bad parenting, Bimbo, a droopy-pantsed walrus, electric chairs -- I defy anyone to describe this cartoon to someone who's never seen it. Hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hi!
Watch the whole thing here:
Mort Walker, Beetle Bailey: