Betty Boop is an animated cartoon character created by Max Fleischer, the author of such personalities as Superman or the renowned comic series Popeye. Although only 16, Betty’s character expresses a lot of characteristics which lead the audience to think she is a grown up women. Becoming one of the most popular cartoon characters in the world, she also grew up to be an international sex symbol.
Betty made her first appearance on August 9, 1930, in the cartoon called Dizzy Dishes. She was the first cartoon character to be portrayed in a highly sexualized, womanly form, a complete contrast to the famous Minnie Mouse, who expressed more girly and childish characteristics.
Her audience was mostly adult and her adventurous embodied many sexual elements. She combined both girly and womanlike characteristics-a baby face, big eyes, small body and a big neckline. Interestingly, the series featured one of the earliest portrayals of sexual harassment in the cartoon industry.
The whole series officially ended in 1939, but Betty Boop’s persona remained in pop culture until today, commonly appearing on many gadgets and toys and guest appearances in many other cartoons. In the 1980’s a few movies were created in which Betty was granted the leading role.