Ive been checking out Archie comic books for as long as Ive understood how to check out, so Im extremely delighted to reveal my new book Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale! We all think we understand Betty and Veronica, considering that theyre such archetypes. Betty and Veronica have actually developed over the decades, sometimes discreetly and in some cases accidentally, and my brand-new book traces the development of the characters through comics, the radio show, TV and more, from their first appearance all the way through to The CWs Riverdale.
The book covers well known highlights, like Dan DeCarlos iconic artwork, the success of The Archies band and “Sugar, Sugar” in the 1960s, and major arcs like the “Love Showdown” and Archie Comics 2010s reboot. It also digs into lesser known aspects of the characters, including the publishers ventures into more major storytelling, an evangelical Christian Archie comics line, and bizarre moments like when Betty sold her soul to the devil to land Archie (but stopped working, due to the fact that Veronica had actually currently sold her soul to the devil initially!).
I had a good time looking into and composing this book and Im really proud of how it turned out, however you dont need to take my word for it. Great writer/journalist and host of the Josie and the Podcats podcast Maria Lewis says:
” Tim Hanley has this gift to dive deep into the history and legacy of popular culture developments you think you understand. Betty and Veronica is his best example of that yet: useful, amusing, and interesting, Tim Hanley is one of the very best popular culture writers working today.”
And the fantastic comics historian Dr. Carol Tilley states:
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” If you wish to know about the female comics characters who have mesmerized readers from the Golden Age forward, Tim Hanley is your person. His book Betty and Veronica moves these characters out of Archies shadow to shine a spotlight on their development in comics, radio, and television over the previous almost 80 years. Hanleys thoughtful analysis supplies insights for fans of the Archie mediaverse in addition to popular culture scholars, as he shares how imaginative forces (often) operated in conjunction with more comprehensive social phenomena to form their representation. Betty and Veronica have actually been part of my life for almost 50 years (Im a Betty by the way), and Hanleys book let me know I still have much to learn.”
You can learn more about the book here, and also find several links for pre-ordering. Betty and Veronica are interesting characters with remarkably intricate histories, and I hope youll have a look at the book and find out more about these fantastic popular culture icons!
Ive been checking out Archie comic books for as long as Ive understood how to read, so Im really delighted to reveal my new book Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale! Betty and Veronica have actually developed over the decades, in some cases subtly and often unintentionally, and my new book traces the growth of the characters through comics, the radio show, TV and more, from their first appearance all the method through to The CWs Riverdale.
His book Betty and Veronica moves these characters out of Archies shadow to shine a spotlight on their advancement in comics, radio, and television over the past almost 80 years. Betty and Veronica have actually been part of my life for nearly 50 years (Im a Betty by the method), and Hanleys book let me know I still have much to find out.”