Even the great Bill Ward was inspired by Bettie Page!
You might suppose that due to the super-endowed nature of my gals, that I was influenced by Anita Ekberg. Actually in 1952 when I left the comics and started my ‘Ward girl’ career, I was influenced by a young, raven-haired model named Bettie Page. Her boobs, if anything, were smaller than most of her competition’s, her hips not so rounded. Yet she had something that none of the others had, perhaps a suggestive tilt of the hips, a come-hither expression in her eyes, plus the ability to strike the right pose for the occasion. For my money she is the top pin-up model of all time. Like Monroe she had a love affair with the camera. She was incomparable, she was Bettie Page!
-Pin-up artist Bill Ward
minus the opium and in pajamas, i sleept all afternoon long :)