Comics – Thinking Positive!

Betty-and-Veronica-256.jpg
Writer: George Gladir
Pencils: Jeff Shultz
Inking: Jim Amash
Colors: Digikore Studios
Letters: Jack Morelli
Original Publication: Betty and Veronica, No. 256
Cover Date: December, 2011
On-Sale Date: October 26, 2011
Length: 6 pages

Polly drives by the Lodge mansion with Betty as her passenger. Polly observes the party going on and decides to “drive up close” for a “look-see”. She then just stops the car where she is (near the entrance).

Polly asks why Betty wasn’t invited. Betty says it’s for just Veronica’s country club friends. Polly asks what Archie’s car is doing here (even though we don’t see it at all). Betty says Archie’s the one exception; he gets invited to almost all of Veronica’s parties.

Betty says it’s hard for her to compete with Veronica for Archie’s affection. Veronica makes weekly visits to a luxurious spa, frequent shopping trips to “the fashion capitals of Europe”, and offers Archie the use of an “Olympic-sized” pool.

Betty believes she, “a girl of modest means”, can’t contend with Veronica. Polly tells her to stop feeling sorry for herself and learn to think positive. She says all of Veronica’s advantages will bring other boys and distractions into her life and make her lose her focus on Archie. Betty seems to agree with her. Last week, while Veronica was shopping in Paris and Milan, Betty had Archie all to herself.

Polly says Mr. Lodge is Betty’s #1 ally in her battle for Archie’s affection. Betty notices something. Seemingly to prove Polly’s point, Mr. Lodge has Smithers literally throw Archie out of the mansion and bar him from it. Archie lands on his ass and blames “the other guy” for throwing the first punch in a fight that he was involved in. Betty helps Archie up.

Since the night is still young, Betty invites Archie to her place for some hot fucking chocolate. Archie accepts and decides to follow in his car.

On the ride home, Betty worries about not being able to entertain Archie like Veronica can. Polly reminds her to think positive. She says, with less diversions, Archie will focus more on Betty.

At Betty’s house, Polly peaks in on Betty and Archie on the couch. Betty winks at Polly.

A few days later, Betty and Nancy are at Pop’s. Nancy observes Veronica driving by in her new sports car. Sipping her milkshake, Betty calls herself lucky. Nancy is confused. Betty says she’s thinking positive and is convinced that the sports car, in some way, is going to help her beat Veronica for Archie’s affection. Nancy’s still confused.

This story is okay, I guess. Not particularly funny. There certainly are a lot of stories comparing and contrasting Betty and Veronica, but I wouldn’t say this is one of the better ones. Also, this is yet another love triangle story, so it’s got that going against it. Anyway, yeah, not much else to say.

Tune in next Wednesday!

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Author: markmooreauthor

I love watching anime and superhero movies, and I love playing video games. I also write fan fiction and original fiction.

4 thoughts on “Comics – Thinking Positive!”

  1. Is that supposed to be Ethel on the cover, she looks off.

    I saw the cover of an issue of”Veronica”, no “Betty and” in front, involving her going to Japan, maybe you could check that out sometime, I’m kinda curious.

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  2. I don’t have many – if any – early “Veronica” issues, so I’d have to track that down first.

    If you mean the Asian girl on the cover, that’s not Ethel. Grand Comics Database identifies her as Kumi. Kumi Tamura was a new Japanese character that debuted in 2008. She’s been introduced through the digests as a new student whose family had just moved to the US. I liked her, even though she was a bit stereotypically naive (“How do they reach those high shelves in the grocery store?!”). She was in a few stories but then seemingly just disappeared. Her creator (at least, I assume she created her), a Japanese woman that went by Misako Rocks!, was no longer working for the company, and there was rumored to be bad blood (something about her more adult-oriented comics), so that might have something to do with it. It’s all just speculation and hearsay, though.

    See her character entry here: https://comicvine.gamespot.com/kumi-tamura/4005-61043/

    I haven’t personally verified all of those (few) supposed appearances.

    More likely, the girl on the cover is Tomoko Yoshida, a Japanese girl that’s been around longer.

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      1. I don’t have any more info on Kumi. I only ever read the two appearances in those two B&V digests. There might be more; I might get that B&V Spectacular issue just to see if she’s really in it (and also for Cheryl).

        I’m not sure if they had an Arabic character. Maybe? Possibly in that New Kids Off the Wall storyline that introduced a bunch of new students to the school (due to another school closing). I believe, in New Riverdale, there’s a guy with an Arabic name that Betty had been dating a while ago (this was before Cheryl was brought in). I have the issues but haven’t read them.

        As for your earlier comments, odd thing. I didn’t get a notification about them yesterday. I did today, and they’re listed as having been submitted earlier than your comment on this review. No idea why I wasn’t notified of them yesterday. I’ll check them out now.

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