Comics – Psyc-Out

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Writer: Holly G! (Holly Golightly)*
Pencils: Holly G!*
Inking: Rudy Lapick*
Lettering: Bill Yoshida*
Coloring: Barry Grossman*
Editor: Victor Gorelick
Editor-in-Chief: Richard Goldwater
Original Publication: Cheryl Blossom, No. 22
Cover Date: May, 1999
Length: 5 pages

*Only the lead story in the issue is credited. I assume the credits apply to all of the stories.

Before I get into the story, I need to address Cheryl’s eye color. Archie Comics had been terribly inconsistent in the classic comics regarding Cheryl’s eye color, switching between green and blue (and something in between as well). Her eye color even changes within the same issue! I prefer green, personally. In this story, her eyes are blue. Whatever her natural eye color is, I assume she sometimes wears color contact lenses.

Cheryl is sitting on her bed, drinking guava juice and reading a book called The Psychic World. Her dog Sugar is sitting on her own doggie bed to Cheryl’s right (still on top of Cheryl’s bed), eating caviar. Cheryl also has a book on angels and a book on the zodiac. Cheryl is fascinated by her psychic book and tells Sugar about it. Ooh, Sugar’s wearing a little blossom right below her neck. Cute. 🙂 Suddenly, a maid named Cindy knocks on Cheryl’s (open) door and relays a reminder from Penelope: Jamie’s waiting with the limo to take Cheryl to her hair appointment. Cheryl thanks her.

Cheryl puts on a coat, shoes, and sunglasses; takes her book, purse, and Sugar; and meets Jamie outside. Cheryl and Jamie greet each other. It’s not stated, but Jamie comes off as very British with her use of certain phrases.

As she drives Cheryl to her appointment, Jamie asks if the book is part of her school studies. Cheryl says it’s personal research. Cheryl asks why they’re stopped at a green light. Jamie gives it a moment. Suddenly, a guy ignores a red light and drives through the intersection. The car would have t-boned the limo if Jamie hadn’t waited. Cheryl is outraged but also gasps when she thinks of what would have happened. She mentions Jamie waited. Jamie tells “Miss Cheryl” that they’re in no rush.

While Cheryl and Sugar are getting their hair done, Cheryl thinks about the incident, wonders if Jamie is psychic, and consults her book.

Cheryl compliments Sue on a job well done and asks her to tell her driver that she’s ready. However, Jamie has already shown up to “collect” her and “Miss Sugar Blossom”, surprising Cheryl. Cheryl wonders how Jamie knew they were ready. Um, maybe Jamie looked through the window of the salon? Just a thought.

On the ride home, Cheryl’s interest is piqued, and she continues reading her book. Sugar looks adorable wearing the white bow that the lady at the salon gave her. Oh, and she has her own cushion in the limo.

Late that night, Cheryl turns on her lamp, being unable to sleep. She feels the need to test Jamie and shows up at her room with a bunch of cards with drawings on them. Jamie protests, because it’s 1:00 AM. Cheryl won’t have it, though. All that night, she tests Jamie with the cards (I’m guessing she goes through them multiple times), and Jamie gets 100%. Cheryl happily informs Jamie that she’s a true psychic. Jamie, however, has fallen asleep. Cheryl suddenly has an idea and excitedly wakes Jamie up to inform her of the Cheryl Blossom’s Psychic Friends Hot Line.

Cheryl declares they’ll make “tons of money”. In her excitement, she whacks Jamie in the head. Rather than apologize, Cheryl panics over Jamie possibly losing her psychic powers (she read that in her book) and wants Jamie to guess the number that she’s thinking of. Jamie’s faced with a dilemma: she hates lying to Cheryl but truly wishes no part of the psychic hot line. Jamie knows the number but states a different one. Cheryl cries over the fact that she “ruined” Jamie and destroyed their psychic hot line, thinking of the money that she’ll never make. Um, bitch, you’re loaded; any money that you make in the psychic business would be pennies for you.

Anyway, Jamie is unconcerned, envisioning a restful future. Sugar, seemingly reading Jamie’s mind, disputes that, because Jamie has pointed at her bed and seemingly manifested…something…under the covers. This is never followed up on.

This story is pretty cute. One fashion note: from her dress to her jammies, Cheryl definitely likes blue.

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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.

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