Goodbye, Bettie Page

Living archetype and artists' avatar Miss Bettie Page has passed away at 85. I've written about her twice before-- just last year because of the early death of her greatest benefactor, Dave Stevens-- and we shall not see her like again.

"All the sad sweet funny pretty girls in comics, from Sophie Bangs as Promethea to Francine to Maggie Chascarillo, owe a debt to Bettie Page."

Of all the money e'er I had, I spent it in good company;
And all the harm I've ever done, alas was done to none but me;
And all I've done for want of wit, to memory now I can't recall,
So fill me to the parting glass, goodnight and joy be with you all.

Of all the comrades e'er I had, they're sorry for my going away,
And all the sweethearts e'er I had , they wish me one more day to stay,
But since it falls unto my lot that I should go and you should not,
I'll gently rise and softly call, goodnight and joy be with you all.


Wayne Allen Sallee said...

I was likely tied up w/ the ghostwriting, but her death passed me by for about three days. Your WV is uncanny today,
this time its kiessess, something have the young kids would do to photos at the comic shop if I let the glom a copy of THE BETTIE PAGES.

Mpeterson said...

May flights of angels see her to her rest.