Though Betty Cooper had a four-issue head start on Veronica Lodge...
|Note: Hedy Lamarr was THE blonde movie bombshell of the era.|
...when Ronnie hit town in MLJ's Pep Comics #26, the battle was on!
|Note: A "sub-deb" (sub-debutante) was a rich or well-bred young woman who had not yet come out into high society.|
|Note: Comedian Jack Benny was famous for being incredibly cheap.|
The gang seems to have aged several years to 16-17 from their 12-14 year old versions only four issues earlier.
If so, did Betty have Archie all to herself for a couple of years instead of a couple of issues?
Either way, the romantic triangle between Archie, Betty, and Veronica would become perhaps the longest ongoing three-way in popular culture.
Even though the Life with Archie comic offered simultaneous alternate future universe plotlines featuring Archie married to both Betty and Ronnie, the current story featuring his demise seems to take place in a merged reality where we don't know who his final words are spoken to...
Who do you think it is?
We haven't decided yet what it'll be, but we can guarantee that...
You'll Cry Your Eyes Out if You Miss It!
(Oh, you've heard that, eh?)
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