Sally Jupiter Pinup Poster from The Watchmen

Watchmen: Sally Jupiter Pinup Poster
Image © James Jean. All Rights Reserved.

If you read my previous post, you know I wasn’t terribly impressed with The Watchmen movie. But, being a big fan of pinup art, there was one thing that caught my eye early in the film… the poster of Sally Jupiter (aka Silk Spectre) hanging on the wall in The Comedian’s apartment.

As it turns out, the image was created by one of my favorite illustrators, James Jean, first mentioned here back in September of 2006. And, that poster is available for sale on James’ website. It’s slightly smaller than the version used in the movie, and it’s not too cheap at $85, but it is pretty darn cool.

Bettie Page dies at 85

Bettie Page

I was so sad to hear this. Celebrated 50’s pin-up model and pop icon, Betty Page, died yesterday as a result of a heart attack she suffered on December 2nd. She was 85 years old.

From LA Times:

A cult figure, Page was most famous for the estimated 20,000 4-by-5-inch black-and-white glossy photographs taken by amateur shutterbugs from 1949 to 1957. The photos showed her in high heels and bikinis or negligees, bondage apparel — or nothing at all.

Decades later, those images inspired biographies, comic books, fan clubs, websites, commercial products — Bettie Page playing cards, dress-up magnet sets, action figures, Zippo lighters, shot glasses — and, in 2005, a film about her life and times, “The Notorious Bettie Page.”

Interesting note on Bloomberg:

The college-educated beauty queen who disappeared from the public eye after 1957 was unaware of her renewed popularity until “Entertainment Tonight” broadcast a television segment about her almost 40 years later. She had disowned her glamour lifestyle after becoming a born-again Christian in 1959, and later battled mental illness in Florida and California.

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