Wednesday, January 28, 2009

America's Oldest Teenager

American Idol | vanityfair.com: "At 65, Archie Andrews has somehow remained relevant, even hip, in an increasingly crass culture. But he still can't choose between Betty and Veronica. How did this World War II–era goofball manage to stay current? The little girls understand.

One of the most durable characters to emerge from American pop culture—right up there with Mickey Mouse, Superman, and Muhammad Ali—is Archibald Andrews, the eternal 16-year-old from Riverdale, U.S.A. He is in his 65th year, but he still can't decide between Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge."

4 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

I may not have many pulp classics but I have a ton of Archie comics.

Fred Blosser said...

America's oldest teenager -- Archie Andrews or Dick Clark (79)? Trivia note, IMDB lists an unsucessful 1978 live-action Archie TV pilot show with Audrey Landers as Betty.

Bill Crider said...

Archie's actually been a teenager for 65 years.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I've always enjoyed Archie, or did until they modernized him. As for the girls, Betty for personality and Veronica for money.