I read a lot of comic books as a kid — usually Superman, Justice League of America, that kind of thing. But there was the occasional Archie comic in there somewhere, and I’ve a confession to make: I always rooted for Veronica. Hey, us brunettes have to stick together.
At last, Archie pops the question to … Veronica!
By RENÉ A. GUZMAN STAFF WRITER
Aug. 16, 2009, 3:56PM
Nothing like a storybook wedding, especially when it unfolds in a comic book.
Superman had one after winning the heart of Lois Lane. Spider-Man had one after webbing the love of Mary Jane Watson, though technically their marriage was erased from comic-book continuity, but still …
Now add Archie Andrews to the groom brigade. The perpetual high school student ties the knot in a six-issue story that begins in Archie No. 600, which hits comic shops Wednesday and newsstands the week of Aug. 31.
It’s a milestone that has blond girl-next-door Betty Cooper absolutely teary-eyed — mainly because Archie is going to marry her rich, raven-haired frenemy, Veronica Lodge.
So why did Archie finally choose Veronica over her longtime rival?
“If he ended up with Betty, there wouldn’t be much to talk about, would there?” asks Victor Gorelick, editor-in-chief of Archie Comics.
The story takes place several years in the future, right after Archie and the gang have graduated college. That’s when we’ll learn what life holds for Archie as well as best buddy Jughead Jones, wise-guy rival Reggie Mantle and other familiar Riverdale faces.
“It’s going to have lots of surprises and one very big shock,” Archie writer Michael Uslan teases. “It is not only going to focus on Archie and Veronica but the impact their decision makes on their family and friends. That is a butterfly effect.”
Naturally, Gorelick and Uslan want to keep mum about what unfolds in Archie No. 600 and ensuing issues, although Gorelick revealed Betty’s and Jughead’s reactions to Archie’s proposal. (“Obviously to Betty it’s kind of devastating,” he says, “and Jughead can’t believe it.”)
Uslan says he wrote the wedding story “with a sense of reality,” especially when it comes to Betty and how Archie’s choice leads her to examine her own issues and self-confidence.
“And maybe Archie doesn’t deserve her,” Uslan says. “Maybe she’s entitled to something better for her life.”
Uslan likens the Archie/Betty/Veronica love triangle to the very real breakup of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston followed by the hookup of Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
“In the day and place in which we live, it really, really could happen this way,” Uslan says.
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