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Renae De Liz’s Beautiful Archie Variant Cover For Betty & Veronica’s Run-In With The Beast

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We previously showed you Archie Comics’ return to storybook land with a Rapunzel issue of Betty and Veronica. Now we’re happy to exclusively present the variant cover to Betty and Veronica #265 drawn by Womanthology creator Renae De Liz! Here’s the summary of the issue:

“Betty and the Beast”— If Veronica can’t have Archie, no one can! Prince Archie has been cursed into beast-form by Enchantress Veronica who saw no love in his heart for her. There is, however, a loophole to the spell: if another falls for Archie by his 21st birthday, the curse will be lifted! Otherwise, he’ll remain a beast for eternity. Just when it seems all hope is lost, along comes a romantic contender named Betty. Could she be the one? Will the spell be broken at long last? Not if Enchantress Veronica has anything to say about it!

Written by Dan Parent with art by Jeff Shultz and a regular cover by Parent, Betty and Veronica #265 is on sale for $2.99 on April 17th.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."