Archie and his pals at Riverdale High were created by Vic Bloom and Bob Montana in 1941. My favorite characters were the lifelong frenemies Betty and Veronica. The best Betty and Veronica artist, without a doubt, was Dan DeCarlo, who cranked out countless pages of Archie and its many spin-off comics beginning in the late 1950s. Dan was also a prolific pin-up cartoon artist, and the characters in his pin-up world resemble the big sisters of Betty and Veronica. (Check out these excellent Fantagraphics books about DeCarlo's pin-up art: Innocence and Seduction: The Art of Dan DeCarlo, The Pin-up Art of Dan DeCarlo, and The Pin-Up Art of Dan DeCarlo, Vol. 2)
It's no surprise that The Art of Betty & Veronica mainly features Dan DeCarlo's work. Here's a selection of some DeCarlo's art that's featured in the book, which was edited by Victor Gorelick and Craig Yoe. I also included some samples by other artists for comparison purposes.
Original art by Dan DeCarlo. Archie’s Joke Book #22, May 1956. Read the rest