May 22, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment announces a Kickstarter for upgraded packaging and contents for the Bettie Page Deluxe Ultra-Premium Sketch Card Collection. Adorers of Bettie's timeless beauty and sketch card fanatics can check out the campaign for great value on packs and boxes, including one-of-a-kind sketch cards and other bonuses! Famed wrestler, commentator, artist and Bettie superfan Jerry "The King" Lawler will not only be featured as an additional card premiering via Kickstarter, but will also be contributing signed and exclusive sketch cards to the set with a unique design!
The Bettie Page Sketch Cards Kickstarter is live now, visit here: BETTIE PAGE DELUXE ULTRA-PREMIUM SKETCH CARD COLLECTION
Following successful and fan-favorite comic book series, Dynamite is bringing Bettie to trading cards! Bettie’s timeless All-American sensuality and playfulness is captured expertly by top-of-the-line artists included in this set including Joseph Michael Linsner, David Williams, John Royle, Scott Chantler and more! Also included are some of the most iconic photographs of the beauty legend. Dynamite will also be bringing in the hottest sketch card artists for thousands of one-of-a-kind exclusive pieces.
The special Jerry Lawler promo card is inspired by the iconic work of 1980s painter Patrick Nagel. This uniquely designed chase card as well as signed versions will be included in a limited number of packs. Including ultra rare Gold Elite Signature Series cards! Backers on Kickstarter for one or more packs are guaranteed one of these cards!
"I've been a Bettie Page fan for a long, long time," said Jerry Lawler. "As an artist myself, I've always been a huge fan of pinup art from models and legends like Gil Elvgren and Olivia. Bettie and I are both from the beautiful state of Tennessee. There was a kind of connection. I was the king of wrestling and she was the queen of the photoshoot! She always seemed special to me. I'm excited about the fact that the Dynamite cards and comic books are letting today's fans get acquainted with an icon like Bettie again or for the first time. It's not just art to me, it's doing a piece for one of my all time favorites. Its a win-win!"
Every individual foil pack includes 2 Base Cards, 2 Sketch Cards, 1 black and white "Peek-a-Boo" card, 1 puzzle card, and 1 autographed card for 7 total cards per pack, with 12 packs per box. The Peek-a-Boo cards are a risqué photo of Bettie and will be black bagged like a full size adult magazine so fans will actually open it to reveal the entirety of the card. Now fans can support the Kickstarter to have every foil pack additionally packaged in individual sturdy cardboard sleeves.
Bettie Page will forever reign as Queen of the Pin-Up and an icon of femininity. Her signature black hair, bangs, sparkling blue eyes and prototypical figure made every man want her and every woman want to be her - and that continues to this day. Some of her more risqué photoshoots and films were whispered legends which garnered one of her other nicknames, The Dark Angel, further cementing her legacy.
Bettie Page's influence on art and comic books knows no bounds either. In the 1970s and '80s, artists across media were inspired by Bettie such as Olivia and Eric Stanton. Innovators of the "good girl" style in the 1950s such as Matt Baker and Bill Ward were surely inspired by Bettie's figure and charm. The comics master Dave Stevens directly based The Rocketeer's girlfriend Betty on her differently spelled namesake.
Another reward tier option for supporters is the critically acclaimed Bettie Page graphic novels by writer David Avallone (Elvira Mistress of the Dark) and artist Colton Worley (Project Superpowers, The Shadow).
Backers who preorder four foil packs or more will be able to choose among a selection of top tier artists to produce exclusive one-of-a-kind sketch cards just for them. Also available are various, one-of-a-kind sketch card puzzle sets of 4,6 and 9 cards.
Bettie Page super fans can consider going all in on higher reward tiers for a full bag of loot. Which includes two full boxes (24 packs), two promo cards, a 9 card puzzle set, the ability to choose their own sketch artists and most exclusive of all - an uncut factory card sheet! The ultimate rare collectible for card collectors.
Dynamite's cream of the crop sketch card artists in this set include Axe, Ken Haeser, Kevin Graham, Mike Lilly, Mitch Ballard, Rich Molinelli, Sanna U, Tim Shay and tons more!
“Bettie Page’s influence on popular culture on so many different levels has lasted for nearly 70 years! I have no doubt that her enviable physique, style and attitude will continue impacting men and women for another 70 years,” said Nick Barrucci. “Creating this card set and bringing in such a diverse pool of artists each offering their own interpretation of Bettie is the perfect way to celebrate this legacy. The fans are going to love all this gorgeous art.”
This Kickstarter campaign is only available for a limited time, so don't miss the chance to get these cards early and with added value! BETTIE PAGE DELUXE ULTRA-PREMIUM SKETCH CARD COLLECTION
About Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.