New Betty Boop Exhibit to Premiere at Comic-Con Museum

For nearly 100 years, she’s remained a cultural icon. Now, you can immerse yourself in the worldwide debut of “Becoming Betty Boop,” a Comic-Con Museum exclusive.

In collaboration with Fleischer Studios, Comic-Con Museum curated this one-of-a-kind multimedia exhibit to take fans on a nostalgic journey, from Betty’s beginnings to her rise to international popularity and what makes her a fan favorite today.

“Betty’s influence on international animation and the popular arts continues to be monumental. She entertains and inspires audiences with her flair for independence, self-determination, and glamour,” said Comic-Con Museum Executive Director Rita Vandergaw.

Becoming Betty Boop: The Evolution of a Cultural Icon

First seen in 1930 in the animated film Dizzy Dishes as a dog-like character, Betty Boop quickly evolved into a fully human character. She was officially given her name in 1931 and became the first female animated screen star in history.

Personifying the fabulous Flappers and Jazz artists of the day, she was also the earliest animated character to be on broadcast television, drawn live on-air by creator Max Fleischer.

Highlights of the exhibit include:

  • Never-before-seen artifacts, including dolls, masks, cosmetic accessories, comic books, and toys, some dating back to 1930
  • Glamorous costumes
  • Limited edition brand collaborations, such as those with Pantone and Zac Posen
  • Spotlights on Betty’s supporting cast, such as Pudgy, Grampy, and Fearless Fred
  • Six original animated Betty Boop films regularly playing in the Museum theater adjacent to the exhibit

Also highlighted are the eight women that have voiced Betty over the years, from voice artist Margie Hynes in the 1930’s to her best-known original voice artist May Questel to actress Jasmine Amy Rogers, who stars as Betty in BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical debuted in Chicago last year.

See you there!

The exhibit will open on Thursday, June 27.

Tickets can be purchased in advance starting Saturday, June 1, either online or at the door. They include admission to the entire Museum, including the continuation of the main floor exhibit “POPnology: Yesterday’s Fantasy is Today’s Reality.”

Museum hours are Thursday through Tuesday from 10 AM to 5 PM, with the last entry at 4 PM. Closed on Wednesday. Admission (adults ages 18+) is $25; children (ages 6–12) are $12; seniors (65+), students (13–17), and military are $18. Children five and below are free.

Comic-Con Museum is located at 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego.

See you there, San Diego!

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