Synopsis: Betty Boop is a girl who works hard for the money. While she serves cocktails at the Oop A Doop club to help support her inventor grandfather named Grampy, Betty works towards being a singing and dancing sensation on the stage. So when some spooky characters evict Betty’s grandfather, Betty uses her moxie to settle things.
Review: Betty Boop is a cocktail waitress with a heart of gold. Miss Boop works at the Oop A Doop club for the curmudgeon owner, Mr. Finkle , and she dreams of being hitting the big time as a jazz singer. Betty is adored by all who meet her, and she really knows how to cut a rug when the main act of the night, a jazz singing skeleton takes the stage. Then Betty gets an urgent phone call from Grampy; he has been kicked out of his house! Miss Boop jumps into action to investigate who has taken advantage of her family. It is there that she discovers that ghosts have taken up residence at the house. Instead of running away, our brave Betty demands the ghosts leave immediately. With a tongue lashing, Betty Boop shrinks the trumped-up leader back down to size, saves the day, and everyone heads back over to the Oop A Doop club to boop a doop (I think I used that right).
If you haven’t gotten this by now, Betty Boop #1 is a light and fun romp with ghosts and skeletons. This world is completely inane, but it works. This is a type of comic of a bygone era, and while other older series, like Archie, have updated themselves, this comic seems like it stepped out of a time capsule unchanged. The dialogue reads as if it were a part of an old radio broadcast. The character designs scream nostalgia, and the coloring reinforces the retro feel. There are certain splashes of color to draw attention to certain items, such as Betty’s dress, but even these colors are muted. This maintains the issue’s cohesiveness.
Betty Boop #1 is not a comic for everyone. It purposefully dates itself; subsequently, Betty Boop is a love letter to a time that many readers have little or no connection. Thus, a comic in the vein is a hindrance to some, yet the debut issue is fun for anyone who has an affinity for a bygone era. So if you are someone who loves reading about the jazz age, big band clubs, and the Jitterbug, give this comic a shot.