Saturday, August 11, 2018

Betty Boop Joker

I just bought a nice Betty Boop joker. Here she is, front and back, what a doll!  And a youngster, printed in 1993.

Betty Boop Joker
Betty Boop Joker

Betty Boop Joker Backside
Betty Boop Joker Backside


But I am all tied up in knots trying to figure out where she should go.  

On one hand, there is a cool old moon joker that I have in the Congress section of my collection. Why is the Moon Fairy joker in the Congress section. This Moon Fairy joker was the joker on one of the first Congress decks that USPC published, in 1895. Betty looks great next to the Moon Fairy and they are both classy ladies from yesterday who go together well. (I'm not sure that this is an original Moon Fairy although it does seem to match example from Hoffman on page 87.)



On the other hand, Betty Boop is clearly a cartoon character and maybe she would be happier in the cartoon character section of the joker collection, next to other simply drawn characters.  Pooh of course will have to be moved to another page where his style would be a better fit.



A third choice is to recognize that Betty Boop is a sitting joker. I have a large section of sitting jokers including a whole page of jokers with people sitting on crescent moons. Is that where Betty Boop would be happiest?


Lastly, Betty Boop is undeniably a looker and more than a little proud of her curves and charms.  Maybe, she belongs with the other great pinups girls from the erotica joker section?


Update 8-18-18  8:18pm

I just realized that in my section of the pretty pinup ladies, there is another Betty Boop Joker! Here she is:

Betty Boop Joker
Betty Boop Joker 

1 comment:

  1. Some more info on Betty Boop from Wikipedia: Attempts to compromise her virginity were reflected in Chess-Nuts (1932) and most importantly in Boop-Oop-a-Doop (1932). In Chess-Nuts, the Black King goes into the house where Betty is and ties her up. When she rejects him, he pulls her out of the ropes, drags her off to the bedroom and says, "I will have you". The bed, however, runs away and Betty calls for help through the window. Bimbo comes to her rescue, and she is saved before anything happens. In Boop-Oop-a-Doop, Betty is a high-wire performer in a circus. The ringmaster lusts for Betty as he watches her from below, singing "Do Something", a song previously performed by Helen Kane. As Betty returns to her tent, the ringmaster follows her inside and sensually massages her legs, surrounds her, and threatens her job if she does not submit. Betty pleads with the ringmaster to cease his advances, as she sings "Don't Take My Boop-Oop-A-Doop Away". Koko the Clown is practicing his juggling outside the tent and overhears the struggle inside. He leaps in to save Betty, struggling with the ringmaster, who loads him into a cannon and fires it. Koko, who remained hiding inside the cannon, knocks the ringmaster out cold with a mallet, while imitating the ringmaster's laugh. Koko then inquires about Betty's welfare, to which she answers in song, "No, he couldn't take my boop-oop-a-doop away". According to Jill Harness of Mental Floss, these portrayals of Boop fighting off sexual harassment on the animated screen made many see her as a feminist icon.[18]

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