Okay, before we get into it, here are the basics. In the late '80s, Archie Comics published Betty's Diary for 40 issues, putting the spotlight on the kindhearted girl-next-door with a series of stories that were nominally intended to tell things from Betty's point of view in a way to balance out her status as Veronica's perpetual runner-up. Now, as part of the company's celebration of its 75th anniversary, Archie's putting out a digital collection of the best of the series, set to hit digital shelves this Friday.

Now the part that you actually need to know: We have a preview below, and you are about to see Archie Andrews screw up his relationship with Betty as badly as possible, and not even know it.

 

 

Archie. Archie. I know that you've been coasting on your classmates' inexplicable attraction to crosshatched hair for a solid four decades at this point, but when someone you're dating spends a lot of her time making a statue --- a statue of you, at your moment of triumph --- then don't frigging tell her that "I'm no judge of art!" Maybe use words like "great" or "good" or "I like this," especially if it's 100% accurate and also an incredible feat of engineering considering that it is balanced on a single toe.

Yeesh. Learn some basic human interaction, kid.

If you want to find out if that statue is going to survive its trip to the state capitol, here's the official solicitation info:

 

Archie 75 Series: Betty's Diary
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Archie Comics with this special retrospective presentation! Fan-favorite character Betty got a series devoted to her inner thoughts in 1986. Readers got to see how the sweetest girl in Riverdale lives each day with her friends and family. In this collection, we'll take a look at some of her oddest daydreams, most touching moments and even a few clashes with best frenemy Veronica!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan DeCarlo
On Sale Date: 1/8
80 page digital exclusive
$2.99 U.S.