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Betty and Veronica

The Leading Ladies of Riverdale

Tim Hanley


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We think we know Betty and Veronica, but we don't. Far more than just Archie's girlfriends, the girls have grown beyond simple archetypes to become compelling, relevant characters for each new generation over the past eighty years. Betty, Veronica, and the rest of the Riverdale gang appear to be frozen in time in Archie comic books. They are perpetual high schoolers, recycling the same basic plotlines over and over in their wholesome, small-town American world. However, there is much more to Betty and Veronica than the broad stereotypes and clich d storytelling suggests. In Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale, Tim Hanley explores the complexity behind these two iconic characters. We know Betty and Veronica as Archie's girlfriends, but that's just the beginning--they are their own women with evolving motivations and aims. From fighting over Archie to tackling women's lib to chasing down serial killers on Riverdale, their friendship has endured and grown through decades of shifting characterizations and social change. Exploring their past offers unique insights into the ways life has progressed for young women over the past eighty years, and shows us the hidden strengths and secret depths of these pop culture icons. Featuring full-color comic book cover art that spans nearly eight decades of publishing--along with behind-the-scenes accounts of creative decisions and historical insights into their many incarnations across various media--this book provides a vibrant exploration of Betty and Veronica's many adventures throughout their long, intriguing journey in popular culture.

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 9781538129739, 240pp.

Publication Date: July 6, 2020

About the Author

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound (2014), Investigating Lois Lane (2016), and The Many Lives of Catwoman (2017). His work has also appeared in the Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Comics Journal. As a boy, he had a stack of Archie Comics digests taller than he was, and this remains the case today even though he is considerably taller now. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.