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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Warning Signs

I'm not going to write anything tonight. Why?

Because I'm so tired that I just realized that Archie's inability to choose between Betty and Veronica could be because each girl represents a different faction of the socialist class war. Veronica, beautiful coal-haired daughter of a wealthy industrialist, offers Our Mr. Andrews a life of wealth, while Betty, with her ponytail and working-class parents, is clearly the proletariat.

Then I made this picture:

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Blogger Jim Shelley said...

That's a nice idea - you should do more with it!

6/23/2005 8:59 AM

Blogger Phil Looney said...

I agree - you could scan a 5 page Archie story, and reletter it with a socialist agenda. Perfect "CapVsBats" parody.

6/23/2005 9:33 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I first came across this interpretation in an essay titled "The Archie Code: A Study in Sexual Stereotyping as Reflective of a Basic Dilemma in American Society" by Ronald Glasberg (Journal of Popular Culture, 26.2, Fall 1992). Glasberg argues that, despite their differing hair color, Betty and Veronica are physically identical. Therefore, the choice between Veronica and Betty represents a choice between wealth and class status but with a strong likelihood of infidelity (Veronica) or faithfulness and love without economic security (Betty). Love and wealth, therefore, are mutually exclusive in Archie's world.

Interestingly, Archie Comics would not give permission for Glasberg to reprint any images in his essay.

6/23/2005 9:41 PM

Blogger Chris Sims said...

Hey, my first comment from the inimitable Dr. Kunka! Keep 'em coming, and I expect that perfect APA citation format every time, buster.

6/23/2005 11:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really want this picture on a t-shirt.

6/24/2005 1:15 AM

Anonymous Aaron said...

So, I do not really imagine this is likely to have success.
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