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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Umberto Eco writes in "The Myth of Superman" of the way superhero comics need to suspend time in order to function as consumer goods, perpetually staving off any movement towards the end of the narrative (and, thus, death) by refusing to allow the hero to progress, change, or even begin one story where the last left off. Among the things superheroes cannot do, he says, is marry or have children—and Eco's not the only one who feels this way.

After sixty years of playing the field, Archie is about to defy this logic.

Thanks, Derek!

How could it be anyone but Betty?