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Bettie Page (1923–2008) was a model who became famous in the Fifties for her racy pin-up photos. And of course, comic book fans know Bettie from her appearances in Dave Stevens' Rocketeer stories as Cliff Secord's girlfriend Bettie.

Pictured below left is Bettie's finest comic book moment, a full-page knockout showing Cliff (Rocketeer) Secord busting into one of Bettie's photo sessions. On the right is a photo of the real Bettie which Stevens may have used as a model for the scene.
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Bettie Page was one of the first Playmates of the Month for PLAYBOY magazine. Founder Hugh Hefner once said "I think that [Bettie] was a remarkable lady, an iconic figure in pop culture who influenced sexuality, taste in fashion, someone who had a tremendous impact on our society,"
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Most of Page's photos only suggested bondage, but a few crossed the line into outright S&M -- such as the one below, which is reflected in the famous T-shirt designed by Dave Stevens in 1984.
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Woo-hoo! Here's sexy Bettie totally nude!
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From real life photograph... to drawing ... to statue!
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Here's another look at that memorable full page...
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Reader, do you know what happened one minute AFTER the scene above? Someone ELSE busted into the room. Here it is, pictured below, courtesy of Jerry Ordway, from the SHAZAM hardcover novel...
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Two more shots of our gal Bettie!
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When you're REALLY popular, you get your own title!
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BELOW: High-flying Bettie takes to the skies alongside her Rocketeer boyfriend,
as seen by Russ Heath in a pin-up page from an old Rocketeer comic book.
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Bettie was also the model for a certain vampress from Drakulon! Yes, Vampirella (pictured below as painted by the late, great Frank Frazetta) was based on Bettie Page.
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BELOW: Here's Jennifer Connelly as "Jenny Blake," the name used for the Bettie character in the 1991 Rocketeer movie starring Billy Campbell.
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Bikini shot!
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In 1956, while working for Irving Klaw at Movie Star News, Bettie Page met Eric Stanton. Stanton was a noted fetish and bondage artist, and he would later share a small studio in Manhattan with Steve Ditko. Pictured below, Eric Stanton in the Ditko-Stanton studio. Photo taken by Steve DItko. We'll be seeing more of Mr. Stanton in a future issue of Dial B for BLOG!
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In 1959, Bettie Page converted to Christianity and went on to work for Billy Graham. The latter part of her life was marked by depression, violent mood swings, and several years in a state psychiatric hospital. She died on December 11, 2008 at the age of 85.
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(BUT WE HAVE NOT SEEN THE LAST OF BETTIE ON DIAL B!)
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