Betty/Veronica Collection #2

Archie’s Girls Betty and Veronica #90 (Jun 1963) GD $6.60

Here is the second of three Archie’s Girls Betty and Veronica books that I recently purchased. This one is from the spring of 1963, and it is unusual because it is one of few in that only one member of the delightful duo appears on the cover. In this case, it is Betty and from her dialogue we know that she’s speaking to Veronica on the phone. The gag is that while she is telling Veronica that she is not doing anything, we, the voyeurs, can see that she is doing many things. At the same time, she’s cooking some green stuff on the stove while doing her homework and listening to rock ‘n roll music on her transistor radio. We can also see that Betty has a snack laid out consisting of an apple pie and a pop of bottle. Nearby there is a note and a pen, and to her left, there is what appears to be a bowl of yarn and knitting needles (or is that tofu and chopsticks?).

Cover pencils by Dan DeCarlo

From the solicitation: Cover pencils by Dan DeCarlo. Dial P For Panic, script by Frank Doyle, pencils by Dan DeCarlo, inks by Rudy Lapick; after a narrator explains the power that a telephone has over a teenage girl’s life, Archie calls Betty for a date, driving her into a frenzy as she tries to prepare for it. Book Mark, script by Frank Doyle, pencils by Dan DeCarlo, inks by Rudy Lapick; Betty is getting anonymous notes from a “secret lover” at the library, which are actually being written by Veronica; When Archie finds out about Veronica’s cruel trick, he persuades a new boy in town to be Betty’s secret lover. Edward Byrnes article. Clothes Conscious, script by Frank Doyle, pencils by Dan DeCarlo, inks by Rudy Lapick; Betty and Veronica’s disembodied clothes come to life and talk about the different things they’re made for. 36 pgs. $0.12. Cover price $0.12. Grade: Good