Jetta of the 21st Century 5 (December 1952)


The most peculiar thing–so far–about Jetta is how Dan DeCarlo comes up with these wonderful futuristic references, whether it’s Venusian swamps or something else. It doesn’t fit the rest of the book in some way… as otherwise, Jetta is just a romantic comedy comic. The way DeCarlo gets those references in is just fantastic, really making his future setting seem bigger than it would appear.

This first issue–the numbering had to do with the appearance of being a successful title–establishes Jetta and some of her supporting cast. DeCarlo doesn’t see interested in the high school cast after the first (of three) stories. Instead, it’s all about Jetta and her moron boyfriend, Arky.

The comic frequently shows its age; for example, Arky isn’t just a moron but an unsympathetic lout too.

Luckily, reading Jetta is more about DeCarlo’s great art. It’s just wonderful, with some amazing panels.


Writer and artist, Dan DeCarlo; publisher, Standard Comics.

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