The Italian edition of Les Humanoides Associes' 1981 collection of short comic erotic stories inspired by John Willie and featuring a character patterned after Bettie Page. All the pages are presented in black & white highlighting Sire's exquisite inking.
Denis Sire (1953 - 2019) was part of a new wave of French comics authors who innovated the medium in the 1970s with more experimental and artistic comics for adult-oriented magazines like Métal Hurlant and L'Écho des Savanes. Sire in particular tackled genres like science fiction and erotic fetishism with a strong retro vibe. His comics pages and illustrations are filled with American automobiles, motorcycles, beautiful women, bondage and rock 'n' roll music in a 1950s atmosphere. As a comics artist, he is best-known for his series 'Menace diabolique' (1979) and 'Bois Willys' (1977-1981).
The first story of Denis Sire's trademark series 'Bois Willys' was published in L'Écho des Savanes #13 in 1977. The actual series eventually found a spot in Métal Hurlant, debuting in issue #44 of 1979 and running as short stories until 1981. It's main star was modelled after popular 1950s pin-up and bondage model Bettie Page, five years before Dave Stevens used her appearance in his 'The Rocketeer' comic books. In a 2002 interview with Jean Depelley, Sire recalled he had a true revelation after discovering a book series with Page photographs by Irving Klaw. The atmosphere of the 1950s and bondage remained recurring elements in his oeuvre. 'Bois Willys' was also collected in book format by Les Humanoïdes in 1981. Bettie and her co-star, the voluptuous blonde Ziblyne, returned for a new story cycle set in the seaside town Lisa Bay, collected in the book 'Lisa Bay' (1985). Denis Sire redrew a large part of his original 'Bois Willys' stories for the re-edition 'Ziblyne et Bettie' (Les Humanoïdes Associés, 1992).