The Pin-Up Art of Dan DeCarlo by Dan DeCarlo 14 April 2005
Dan DeCarlo was renowned for his curvaceous depiction of the female form, so-called "good girl" art, which had its origins in the pinup style of World War II. "He was always interested in drawing shapely girls," wife, Josie said.
   DeCarlo's rendition of Riverdale's teenage populace entertained and influenced generations of young people as he guided the characters through their often goofy trials and tribulations. Without a doubt, however, he is best known for defining the look of every adolescent boy's wet dreams, Betty and Veronica, with their trademark upturned noses, tight sweaters, and barely-there mini-skirts.
   Next to the innocence that was Riverdale, however, and unbeknownst to many, DeCarlo also populated another world, which he filled with cartoons featuring girls in lingerie (and sometimes less), and often bearing an uncanny resemblance to his perennial blonde next door and rich-bitch socialite. From 1956 to 1963, DeCarlo produced hundreds of pin-up cartoons for the Humorama line of girlie digests, where his line drawings and exquisite ink-wash paintings shared the pages with Jack Cole, Bill Ward, and Bill Wenzel, and photos featuring Bettie Page.