Elizabeth "Betty" Bentley (August 2, 1916 - June 14, 2004) was a letterer for DC Comics in the 1940s, where she assisted her artist brothers, Jack and Ray Burnley.

Life & Career Edit

Bentley was born to Martin Dupree and Elizabeth "Bessie" (Birdsong) Burley in New York in August 1916, the youngest of four children.[1] Her father died about a year after she was born; as of 1920, her older siblings Martine and Dupree ("Ray") were supporting the family as an artist's model and broker's clerk respectively.[2] By 1935, she had married her husband, William Ettinger Bentley, and had their one daughter, Elizabeth Burnley Bentley, in New York City.[3] At some point, she studied at the Art Students League.[4]

Around 1940, her brother Hardin ("Jack") started penciling Superman features for DC Comics,[5] and both she and her brother Ray assisted him, lettering and inking his work respectively.[4]

She died in 2004.[4]


  • Robbins, Trina, and Catherine Yronwode, Women and the Comics, Eclipse Books, 1986. pp 60.
  1. "Martin Dupree Burnley, Bessie Allen Birdsong", Birdsong Family Genealogy. Accessed 10 Dec 2017.
  2. 1920 US Census record
  3. "Howard Laverne Hamilton PhD, Elizabeth Burnley Bentley", Birdsong Family Genealogy. Accessed 10 Dec 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Bentley, Betty", Bails Who's Who entry. Accessed 10 Dec 2017.
  5. "Jack Burnley", Lambiek Comiclopedia. Updated 18 Jan 2008. Accessed 10 Dec 2017.
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