The Toronto Globe and Mail reports that Archie Andrews is getting married!
The self-absorbed red-headed teenager, until now unable to decide between smart blond Betty Cooper and intellectually lazy brunette Veronica Lodge, will propose to . . .
. . . VERONICA!!!
The pop culture mavens are already debating what it means for society that freckle-faced Archie has grown up enough to get married, let alone what it tells us that he picked rich and flighty Veronica over middle-class and practical Betty.
Archie always opts for Veronica, except when Betty manipulates him into choosing her. And Betty often acts as Veronica's friend, even if Ronnie doesn't appreciate it.
The eternal triangle of Betty-Archie-Veronica cannot be resolved. This is a gimmick to sell comic books, like the recent assassination of Captain America, or the death of Superman a few years ago.
These cosmic catastrophes are always undone.
Archie's pals 'n' gals are fifteen or sixteen, and the comic books are meant for grade-schoolers. Are the publishers making a mistake, or have they correctly understood that kids in elementary school these days are more advanced than they used to be? Or will it all turn out to be a dream of Archie's? Or Betty's? Or Veronica's?
What do you say? Who's right for Archie? Betty or Veronica?
Bonus survey question: Cathy Gale or Emma Peel? Answer carefully.
Cathy Gale: Intellectual, leather, tells Steed off
Emma Peel: Heiress, Op Art fashions, flirts with Steed