Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Crazy Betty is an AWESOME Betty

As a lifelong Archie comics fan, I can’t help but miss how psychotic Betty used to be. Yes, psychotic. She wasn’t always as goody-goody as she is in the comics today. When she wasn’t just plain nuts, she would do things as scandalous as repeatedly try to murder Archie. Archie’s a total douchebag, so no one should be surprised that I love that version of her…

No one should be surprised that I couldn’t resist making fan art of Betty’s good, ol’ crazy days, either:


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The penciled and inked versions of this piece can be found here. Also, I’m still open for art commissions, so anyone who wants me to make art just for you can find out how here!

Any other Archie fans miss Betty’s craziness?

13 comments:

  1. Hhaaa! Kinda reminds me of the way some middle school girls act today -- while the boys give them looks saying, "Are you crazy?" :-)

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    1. LOL! Not surprised that boys would think that when girls are acting as unhinged as this. :P

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  2. Still impressed. Don't ever let that talent of yours get rusty.

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    1. Thank you! I'm trying my best not to let my skills go rusty. I had after high school, but I've gotten better at keeping up with drawing over the past few years.

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  3. haha! Poor Archie! He doesn't look to happy does he?

    Lol! I love the "Do Not Peek" hole!

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    1. LOL, yeah, he's definitely not happy. Is it any wonder that he often seems to prefer Veronica? ;)

      The "Do Not Peek" hole is a shout-out to Samm Schwartz. He was an Archie comics artist back in the day and would include things like that in the stories he drew for!

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    2. LMAO. ALthough I used to like Betty more than Veronica. I think it's because I used to know a horrible girl called Veronica when I was younger.

      Ooh! That must be fun as an artist, to see who notices the little stuff. Is it like a signature?

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    3. Samm Schwartz did a lot of neat things like that in his art. Comic book artists weren't properly credited back in the day, so finding things like this differentiated them and helped them stand out. He'd even sneak his name into the story sometimes. (One example I can remember is a "Vote Samm" poster in the background, haha!)

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  4. archie is not a douchebag----hes a nice guy most of the time-----how can you call him a douchebag with reggie around---hell the proof is right iin your picture, the psychotic one there is not betty---its the guy with the bound and gagged girl isnt it???

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    1. Everyone's a jerk in these comics at some point, including Archie. That's honestly part of the appeal to me.

      The Reggie moment in this piece is a homage to a vintage cover. I included other homages as well, since I drew this while feeling nostalgic for the classic comics. It's simply something silly I did for fun.

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  5. okay i never saw that cover----youre right, all the characters are bitches sometimes but there are so many people out there who say archie is a dickhead and a lot of them even say reggie is better---my god---so im touchy about it. sorry to yell at you since you didnt say that.total douchebag is harsh but maybe you think reggie is something even worse.

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    1. It should be noted that this post was written in a very tongue-in-cheek way. While I wouldn't list Archie as one of my faves, I certainly don't hate him. (It would be hard to read the comics if I did, since he's the star!)

      For people who are truly vehement about Archie, it might be because he doesn't always reap karma for some of his less savory actions, which can rub people the wrong way. If he faced more consequences, it might be easier for others to warm up to his character.

      And Reggie is actually one of my favorites. That doesn't mean I excuse any deplorable actions of his, though. I just happen to be a fan of narcissistic characters for a lot of fandoms I'm part of, since that trait always gives me a good laugh!

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  6. i didnt think you hate archie but total douchebag fits reggie or veroinca better than archie----and i LOVE veronica but its part of her character----but you were tongue in cheek, so.i dont think archie gets off easy---there are lot of stoires where he gets his ass kicked for nothing---i dont see him getting any specialer treatment than the others.ithink its just his LOOKS----they (not you) like reggie better cuz he looks better. thats why they dont talk about the girls like that----you never see people say "betty is such a douche, veronica's way better" because bettys pretty or even prettier than veronica---in fact they talk worse about veronica. its great you like reggie cuz i love veronica and shes a bitch----yay-----anyway---------i like the drawing. ill stop now and let you go draw some more----

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