With this ongoing series celebrating the historical, cultural, and artistic importance of Bettie Page, I’m trying to honor the legacy of a real, honest-to-goodness icon. There aren’t many of those, truly, in our popular culture. What I’m really doing with these posts is celebrating Bettie’s legacy as an artist and not so much delving into … Continue reading Queen Bettie: Attack of the 50 Foot Bettie
Booze, cigs, stereos, 8-tracks, nylons, home arcade games, steering wheel grips, and antacids. If these items aren’t on your Black Friday shopping list then what kind of shopper are you, anyway? Sheesh. Good luck out there or online today.
It’s been too long since our last visit with Queen Bettie Page, so buckle up, it’s time for another trip back to the 1950s, only this time we’re focusing on mid-century furniture. Huh, you say? Settle down and let me explain. Bettie’s camera club sessions for siblings Irving and Paula Klaw were often minimalist in … Continue reading Queen Bettie: Couch Potato
Last time in this space I discussed the popular 1980s Coors and Coors Light ads featuring our favorite horror hostess with the mostess Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Well, it’s Halloween season and Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) wasn’t just a brew-pitching barmaid, no siree, so I’m bringing her back for another round. Elvira has been the … Continue reading The Art of the Ad: Take Home Elvira with Thriller Video
Italian artist Enzo Sciotti, who passed away in April 2021, always comes to mind during the scary season for me. His horror movie poster artwork, so lurid and lush, was filled with women in peril, knife-wielding maniacs, and grotesque creatures of the night. During his peak period in the 1970s through the 1980s, Sciotti illustrated … Continue reading The Horror Movie Poster Art of Enzo Sciotti