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Dan DeCarlo's Jetta (The Library of Good Girl Art) (The Good Girl Art Library) Hardcover – April 27, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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Great work by Dan DeCarlo! If you enjoyed Archie you will enjoy Jetta.Published 19 months ago by Eric Provencher
...sizzling comets(!) & hot rockets... these are the kinds of colorful expressions teens are using in the 21st century! Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by "extreme_dig_cm"
Having been a fan of Dan DeCarlo's work for most of my life, I expected quite a lot from Jetta...and I wasn't disappointed! Such a cute, funny and entertaining book! Read morePublished on June 26, 2011 by Jada