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Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge have vied for the affection of Archie Andrews for over 70 years. The debate still rages on between comic book lovers, who is hotter blond Betty or brunette Veronica.

At the age of 21, Bob Montana, created Archie Andrews, drawing from his own high school experiences in Haverhill, MA. Archie's first appearance was in Pep Comics #22 on December 22, 1941. The success of the character in that issue led MLJ Comics to launch the first issue of Archie in November, 1942. For the next 35 years, Montana created the Archie comic strip that ran in over 750 newspapers in both daily and Sunday editions.

As a young boy, Bob Montana spent his summer vacations in Meredith, NH and after living in a variety of locations including California, Massachusetts and New York he returned to Meredith in 1948 where he lived with his family until his death in 1975.

On Thursday, January 9, 2014, Gibson's Bookstore at 45 S. Main St. in Concord, NH will host Lakes Region historian, Carol Lee Anderson. Ms. Anderson will discuss her book "The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana: Beyond the Archie Comic Strip". The event will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Information about author, historian, and illustrator Carol Lee Anderson from the author's website:

"Born and raised in Connecticut and moved to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire over twenty years ago. For the last decade, she has documented the stories and tales of residents throughout the area in her articles published in local newspapers and regional publications.

After five years of research and one year of writing, her first book, "The History of Gunstock", was published by The History Press in 2011. The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana, also published by The History Press, will be released October. She is currently writing a book entitled, "A History of the Belknap Mill: The Pride of Laconia's Industrial Heritage", which will be published by The History Press in 2014.

Anderson lives in Gilford, New Hampshire, with her husband and two children on a mini-farm that includes a dog named Snowflake, chickens, beehives, fruit trees, berry patches, and numerous gardens.

Her inspiration comes from the people of New Hampshire and the beauty of the natural landscape that is abundant in the Lakes Region - from the mountains to the lakes."

As a distinguished resident of Meredith, Bob Montana inserted a lot of local lore and history into his comics. He was one of America’s greatest cartoonists and always considered himself a true New Englander. the Archie Comic is filled with the antics of the rambunctious teenagers Archie, Jughead and friends who attend the fictional Riverdale High..

Join Lakes Region historian Carol Lee Anderson as she takes readers beyond the Archie comic strip and tells the story of Bob Montana, who was able to draw from the Yankee humor he saw around him, and deftly included local scenes, events and characters in the puns and pranks of Archie’s comic-strip life.

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