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Betty Boop in Shunkodo

Tokio Shunkodo

Shunkodo
SHUNKODO Betty Boop 1

Name

Tokyo Shunkodo
トキオ春江堂
春江堂戦前
Release Date: 1933

In 1933, Betty Boop appeared in the SHUNKODO[1] pre-war manga, a Japanese comic strip. Betty Boop, Billy Boop, her younger brother, Koko the Clown, Bimbo, Popeye the Sailor Man, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Mickey Mouse, and Minnie Mouse are all featured in the comic strips.

Betty Boop was a very popular character in Japan before WWII.[2]

The comics are often exhibited at Shōwa Retro gatherings. According to Japan's unique system of identifying periods based on the impersial system, "Shōwa" refers to the period from 1926 to 1989.

Shōwa witnessed the outbreak of World War II, the famine and destitution that followed, and the remarkable post-war economic expansion in Japan. Shōwa nostalgia often represents this intense time, which is the 1950s to 1970s (the Shōwa 30s and 40s).

Characters

Gallery

Trivia

  • Due to character crossovers between Disney and Fleischer Studios, the characters in these old comics appear to be unauthorized.
  • Betty spends much of the comics interacting with her infant brother Billy.
  • Occasionally, Betty dresses in a kimono. The characters have more Japanese behavior than American.
  • The artwork in the earlier comics are not very great, but in the later comic strips, it improves.

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