The "Archie" Conspiracy!
Continuing my ground-breaking journalistic investigation amd critical reading concerning the beloved teen comic book series, I want to focus on what I feel is an underlying web of conspiracy and deceit -- specifically against one Betty Cooper.
My thesis is that ultimately, the publishers of Archie Comics had no intention of Betty hooking up with Archie on any sort of steady basis.
Yes -- Betty Cooper has been STRUNG ALONG for the last 65+ years!
Let me explain.
Why can't Archie Andrews, after more than half-a-century of lighthearted adventures, decide between Betty or Veronica?
My point is -- he HAS decided!
Veronica -- pure unadulterated sexuality and millionairess to boot -- will always be Archie's first choice. If for no other reason that Archie realizes he doesn't have a lot going for him after he graduates high-school and if he marries Veronica he'll be set.
Cynical, you say? What if you were facing night shifts at the Riverdale Dairy Queen when you reached adulthood?
However, Archie, insecure as he is, needs a "fallback plan" -- Betty Cooper.
Sweet, innocent, middle-class Betty -- babysitter, ace student, wholesome, boring as hell.
Archie realizes that, because of their disparate financial backgrounds, there is the chance him and Veronica cannot get married -- Big Papa Lodge having something to do with it, perhaps. So in case his plan for Veronica falls through, he keeps Betty on the side.
But I think there is a good chance that Veronica will end up with Archie, despite what objections her father may have -- because she, like Archie is insecure and needs to be around a man who she can boss around and feel superior to.