Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale


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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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6.1 X 9.1 X 0.8 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound (2014), Investigating Lois Lane (2016), and The Many Lives of Catwoman (2017). His work has also appeared in the Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Comics Journal. As a boy, he had a stack of Archie Comics digests taller than he was, and this remains the case today even though he is considerably taller now. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Tim Hanley has this gift to dive deep into the history and legacy of pop culture creations you think you know. Betty and Veronica is his best example of that yet: informative, funny, and fascinating, Tim Hanley is one of the best pop culture writers working today.--Maria Lewis, journalist, author
If you want to know about the female comics characters who have captivated readers from the Golden Age forward, Tim Hanley is your guy. His book Betty and Veronica moves these characters out of Archie's shadow to shine a spotlight on their development in comics, radio, and television over the past nearly 80 years. Hanley's thoughtful analysis provides insights for fans of the Archie mediaverse as well as pop culture scholars, as he shares how creative forces (sometimes) worked in conjunction with broader social phenomena to shape their representation. Betty and Veronica have been part of my life for nearly 50 years (I'm a Betty by the way), and Hanley's book let me know I still have much to learn.--Carol Tilley, comics historian and 2016 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards judge