August 14, 2009
DALLAS (AP) -- The comic book world is abuzz and with more than a few protests over the Aug. 19 issue of Archie Comics, which to some, advances the unthinkable: Archie proposing to Veronica, not Betty.
Comic book store owner Dave Luebke says he's protesting by selling his copy of the series' first issue, though the $30,000 it's likely to fetch at auction is nothing to sneeze at in a recession.
Dallas' Heritage Auction Galleries will offer the book today.
The Archie Comics Web site shows Archie proposing to Veronica on the cover of No. 600. It begins a six-issue story arc that takes place in the future -- when the perpetual high schoolers will have graduated from college.
Victor Gorelick, Archie editor-in-chief, says there's a lot of sympathy for Betty.
But Gorelick has some advice for readers: "Stick with it. Read through it and you'll see what happens."
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