Jetta: cute space girl from the 1960s by famous Archie artist Dan DeCarlo

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Comic book historian Craig Yoe has a knack for finding long-forgotten comic book gems. His latest full-color hardback book contains all three issues of Jetta, a Judy Jetson-esque space girl that predates The Jetsons by at least a decade. Jetta was created by Dan DeCarlo, the cartoonist responsible for the famous look of Betty and Veronica (Bob Montana created Archie, but DeCarlo's bold, fresh rendering of the characters are the ones we remember).

Yoe's homage to Jetta also includes sample of DeCarlo's work as a prolific pin-up artist, and 37 pages of Jetta drawings by contemporary cartoonists. Craig kindly invited me to contribute a drawing of Jetta for the anthology, and I eagerly obliged. Examples of the pin-up art can be see after the jump.

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Pin up art by Dan DeCarlo.

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Bill Pressing

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Craig McCracken

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Robert Ullman

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Katie Rice

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Mark Frauenfelder

Here is a list of all the artists who contributed:, Alan Gutierrez, Andrew Pepoy , Becky Dreistadt, Ben Tan, Bill Morrison, Bill Presing, Brandon Ragnar, Colleen Coover, Clizia Gussoni, Craig McCracken, Danny Hellman, David Reddick, Dominic Marco, Fabrizio Pasini, Jay Stephens, Jenny Lerew, Joakim Gunnarsson, Hedvig Häggman-Sund, Justin Ridge, Kali Fontecchio, Katie Rice, Leslie & Anna Cabarga, Luke McDonnell, Mark Frauenfelder, Mike Maihack, Molly Crabapple, Paul Guinan, Robert Ullman, Ryan Hungerford, Scott Tolleson, Stephanie Gladden, Stephen Silver, The Savanella Sisters, Tracy Mark Lee

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  1. Considering the huge influence De Carlo’s art obviously had on them, I’m somewhat surprised to not see a contribution from either Gilbert Hernandez or Jaime Hernandez.

    1. I completely agree. Given the retro-futuristic setting, I’d almost expect Maggie to go riding by in the background of one of those panels, off to fix something with Rand Race.

  2. My Daughter loves Archie and the whole crew. She loves the reprints with Dan DeCarlo’s art the best. Some of the other Archie comics don’t have DeCarlo’s finesse

    While digging around for Decarlo Art for her a few months ago I found you can read some of Jetta online on this site… http://www.cartoonjam.com/listmedia.php?i=Jetta

    Did not know about this book. Thanks!

    -JC

  3. I’m also a little disappointed that Darwyn Cooke didn’t throw them a sketch. Oh, well.

  4. Hmmm….in the top picture, they’re walking one way below the waist and another way above the waist. Start with his yellow boots and work your way up.

  5. I like how, on page two, the boys are so repulsed by Jetta’s oafishly leaden suggestion of a ménage à trois that they are moved to put aside their differences and explore the obvious homoeroticism at the root of their conflict.

  6. I like how, on page two, the boys are so repulsed by Jetta’s oafishly leaden suggestion of a ménage à trois that they are moved to put aside their differences and explore the obvious homoeroticism at the root of their conflict.

  7. I used to work at Archie as an intern in the bullpen, doing clean-ups and cut-and-paste (literally.)

    A big part of my job was putting the finishing touches on Dan Decarlo’s work, since he would often draw Betty and Veronica with hardly any clothes on. I think he did it for fun, knowing that we would all see it in the bullpen, but it would get “cleaned up” before printing.

    Fun times!

  8. Yup, Yogi Berra was right, the future ain’t what it used to be. It’s all bad-ass and dystopic now.

  9. Picking a nit: The Jetsons debuted in 1962, so if Jetta “predates The Jetsons by at least a decade” she’s a cute space girl from the 50s or possibly the 40s, not the 1960s.

  10. The comic’s from the 50’s not 60’s so the “decade” comment is correct, just not the “60’s” part of the headline.

  11. Dammit!
    Now I know I went to the wrong high school.
    And I’m from the future!
    Relatively….

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