Betty/Veronica Collection #1

Now that the Hawkgirl/Covergirl Collection has been sealed – considering I don’t find any more actual Hawkgirl covers in the main continuity published prior to Hawkman volume IV #29 – I was thinking what if I were to to start collecting another series. Notice I said “what if.” I did not say I was actually going to start a new collection. The series that immediately came to mind was one that had been a guilty pleasure of mine when I was a kid and that was the series titled “Archie’s Girls Betty and Veronica”

Archie’s Girls Betty and Veronica #82 (Oct 1962) GD $9.90

Cover pencils by Dan DeCarlo

One thing I did not realize about this series from Archie comics was the first run of this series consisted of 355 issues (#1–347, plus 8 annuals) and ran from March 1950 before ending in April 1987. I was curious to see what was available at the place where I normally buy my comic books and found that out of 347 issues, 226 are available, and that is about 65% of the series run. Compare that with Justice League of America volume I, which ran for 261 issues from 1960 to 1987, here the store has about 90% of the stock available.

For “Betty & Veronica”, whatever is available from the 1950S is way outside my price range. Just testing the waters, I bought two books from the early 1960s, each under $10 – both graded “Good” – ,and I also bought the last 12-cent issue which was published in 1969 rated VG-.

There were, I think, about three or four artists who drew the series. George Frese was the primary artist in the early 1950s. With Bill Vigoda doing many of the covers. Dan DeCarlo took over around 1955 and continued for the life of the series. The ad from #82, shown below appears to be the work of Bob Montana, the artist who drew the Archie daily and Sunday comic strip. The rest of the book including the cover was drawn by Dan DeCarlo.

From the solicitation:
Cover pencils by Dan DeCarlo. “Here’s the Pitch,” pencils by Dan DeCarlo, inks by Rudy Lapick; Veronica is able to throw a perfect knuckleball repeatedly without knowing how she’s doing it. Betty pinup, script by Eileen Fitzgerald, pencils by Dan DeCarlo, inks by Rudy Lapick. Veronica pinup, script by Shelly Schrader, art by Dan DeCarlo. “Poopsie,” script by Frank Doyle, pencils by Dan DeCarlo, inks by Rudy Lapick; When Veronica’s secret pet name for Archie becomes common knowledge, the secret is used against him. “Stamp Champ,” script by George Gladir, pencils by Dan DeCarlo, inks by Vincent DeCarlo; Veronica demands Archie choose between her and philatelic endeavors. Biography of singer Bobby Rydell. “Rough and Tough” one-page Li’l Jinx story, script and art by Joe Edwards. “The Charm,” script by Frank Doyle, pencils by Dan DeCarlo, inks by Rudy Lapick; Veronica is distraught over losing a gold charm from her bracelet that she considers the source of all her good fortune in life. 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.12. Grade: Good