Unfortunately, Piney Woods was a rather dull, lackluster place. The local politicians were the usual venal and obtuse ones: not history-makers like Lucius Quintius Cincinnatus Lamar, the local authors had to self-publish (no one like William Faulkner came from there), and the Confederate company spent the Civil War actively marching away to avoid any encounters with the invading Yankees, who weren't too energetic in finding the Rebs, either.
Finally, a Councilman suggested that they should commission an allegorical statue instead. But other communities had allegorical statues representing Justice, Democracy, Truth, and even The Naked Truth. The Piney Woods Statue Committee wanted a new allegorical statue not seen in other places.
Finally, the token schoolteacher suggested that they consider a statue to the Ideal Teenager. Now that entirely threw a new way of thinking into the situation. The committee members argued how this figure should be represented.
Should the Ideal Teenager be a she; and would she have a Goth look, or wear Daisy Dukes? Should she be depicted with her hair in a Hattiesburg perm? If a guy, should he be wearing a hoodie, or holey jeans, or possibly low-rise pants? And should he have a mullet?
Fortunately, some closet comic book fan Councilman suggested that none of the local teens even approximated ideal, and that the best choice would be that old-fashioned comic teen, Archie. Even better, one with Archie and Betty.
What a great idea! Piney Woods could become famous by explicitly signaling what an ideal teen would be like. And, though a unicorn statue would be more believable, a statue of the Ideal Teens was placed in the Square. There were two ideas: the Heroic Archie, and Archie and Betty in love. Both had their adherents.
And the tourists came and wondered.