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Dan DeCarlo's Jetta (The Good Girl Art Library) Hardcover – April 27, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: The Good Girl Art Library
  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works Llc (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600106463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600106460
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 7.8 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great work by Dan DeCarlo!
Eric Provencher
Sure enough, the wait has been worthwhile, and I hold in my hands a gorgeous book that drips with love from every page.
Chris Thompson
Dan Decarlo is well represented there, and that book is highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris Thompson on July 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've just had the pleasure of sitting down with my morning coffees (who can do just one?) and reading Craig Yoe's latest offering of Dan DeCarlo's Jetta. This book is Volume 1 in Yoe's new Good Girl Art Library from IDW Publishing, and there is no better way to start than with some classic Dan DeCarlo art. If this guy isn't just the father of 'good girl art' then he's the granddaddy of them all! DeCarlo created Josie & The Pussycats, redefined the Archie Comics 'house-style', influenced an untold number of artists, and truly deserves every bit of acclaim he gets. Sadly DeCarlo is no longer with us (he passed away in 2001), but he left behind a huge body of work, of which Jetta is a vital (and, until now, missing) part.

For those who don't know, Jetta was a title originally published by Standard Comics in 1952-53. It began with issue 5 (and there's a story to that), but sadly ran for only 3 issues before poor distribution and the ridiculous censorship of comics at the time led to its untimely demise. Fredric Wertham has a lot to answer for, and I will no doubt address that in a future post on Pop Culture Hound! The books have remained rare and hidden gems for many years now (like a lot of comics from this era), so to have them cleaned up and reprinted in beautiful hardcover format like this is quite a treat.

I first read about this book a few months ago when I was trawling through Amazon looking at upcoming releases. I'd heard something about IDW partnering with Archie to release some classic volumes (including DeCarlo and Montana ones), but couldn't find anything at that stage. Fortunately I happened upon the listing for Jetta and was immediately smitten! I like it when a book can get me excited like that as it happens so rarely these days.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gord Wilson VINE VOICE on June 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Dan DeCarlo's Jetta comic book, which ran for three issues, first appeared in 1952. It takes place in 2052, when there's "a new kind of teen-age talk". It's everything good about Archie comics shot into the future, combining the best features of '50s comic art: the stylized design, teen slang, and zany slapstick. Jetta is the cosmic cousin of Betty and Veronica, and Arky's space ship has "Atom and Eve" doodled on it, not unlike Archie's slogan-scrawled jalopy. The big news is who's taking Jetta or Hilaria to the Prom at Neutron High School, not unlike the sock hop at Riverdale. Jetta, "Teen-Age Sweetheart of the 21st Century" which began at issue #5 (a ploy to suggest a track record for new comic titles) and ran through issue #7, was published by Standard Comics (Pine's).

With such a winning formula, no wonder Archie's artists spun off so many likable teen tales, including Sabrina, Josie, and my favorite, Archie's Mad House (later called Mad House). I wouldn't be surprised if DeCarlo did those also, because he did Sabrina comics, and she became a regular in the retooled Mad House title starting in the '60s. Despite the rarity of this comic trio, one might yet find the price a bit steep, but this is a Craig Yoe book, which means that's only the beginning.

Besides the three full color comic books in this 115 page, full-color, (about) 9 X 12 inch hardback coffee table book, there's a twelve page introduction (more or less, depending if you count the art), and 37 pin-ups of Jetta in a myriad of diverse styles by a roster of contemporary artists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Savanella on April 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful combo of great Jetta comics of the past seamlessly juxtaposed with new interpretations from amazing contemporary artists! It's pure eye candy! Craig Yoe's books are always full of great content! Get it! I highly recommend it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barat on May 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The first offering in IDW/Yoe's "Good Girl Art Library" takes the form of a handsomely mounted reprinting of all three issues -- officially tagged issues #5-7, but that's due to a little publishing chicanery from an era that, amazing as it may seem to us, shied away from making a big deal of "risky" first issues -- of Standard Comics' JETTA, an early product of the luscious pen of the young and ambitious Dan DeCarlo. DeCarlo had already established himself at Timely/Marvel with such "good girl" titles as JEANNIE and MY FRIEND IRMA when Standard asked him to develop its new epic of teenage hijinks in a then-far-distant 21st century. JETTA apparently failed to click with audiences despite DeCarlo's best efforts, but the title definitely presages the creation of The Jetsons a decade later... that is, if you can imagine The Jetsons projecting cultural cliches forward from the early 1950s, rather than the early 1960s, and tagging Judy Jetson as its focal character.

DeCarlo's most distinctive and viscerally appealing work is probably the pin-up art he did for 1950s men's magazines, but the best of that material lay some years beyond JETTA's debut. He had also just begun working for Archie on the original BETTY AND VERONICA title, and what little I've seen of that work indicates that DeCarlo was sticking fairly closely to the then-regnant Archie house style (which he would ultimately uproot and smarten up considerably). JETTA is basically a contemporary ARCHIE comic with a lot of in-panel clutter added, a lot of space-related jargon inserted as "hep" patter, some extremely short skirts on most women... and, I'm sorry to say, far less distinctive characters on the stage. Jetta, her boyfriend Arky (no coincidence, there!
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