Writer: Frank Doyle*
Pencils: Dan DeCarlo*
Inks: Jim DeCarlo*
Colors: Barry Grossman*
Letters: Bill Yoshida*
Original Publication: Archie, No. 323
Cover Date: April, 1983
Length: 5 pages
*I don’t have the original issue and am reviewing this story from the digital version of Cheryl Blossom Special, No. 1 (1995). I don’t know if anything was censored or otherwise altered for this reprint. The story might originally be uncredited. The credits come from Grand Comics Database’s entries for reprints in digests and may or may not be accurate.
Before we get to the story, please take note of tiny cowgirl Cheryl on the front cover.
Archie and Veronica are walking along. Cheryl drives by in a gold sports car, comes to a screeching halt, and greets them. Archie is happy to see her, but Veronica isn’t. Archie notes it’s a new car, and Cheryl confirms it. Archie asks why, saying her other one was pretty much new. Cheryl gets out of her car and admits she changed her car to match a new shade of nail polish that she’d decided to try. This pisses Veronica off. Oh, please, like Ronnie wouldn’t do the same thing.
Veronica goes along with Cheryl’s reasoning, though, and it’s only now that Archie realizes what Cheryl did. He really is an idiot. Archie flips his shit, but Cheryl doesn’t care. Veronica then basically challenges Cheryl to a “flimsiest reason that I’ve gotten rid of a car” contest. This lasts one turn each.
Veronica then mentions her father just bought a $60,000 mink coat for his limo and cut it up to cover the floor. Archie feels physically ill. Cheryl accuses Veronica of exaggerating, which she denies.
Cheryl reveals her family is vastly richer than Veronica’s (without stating an amount) and shows off her impressive vocabulary. Veronica is at a loss for words. Betty comes by and asks Archie what’s up. He explains.
Betty thinks it’s silly. Archie agrees. Betty reveals she has $4.96 to her name. Archie is surprised that she has that much. Reasoning Cheryl and Veronica won’t miss them, Betty offers to treat Archie to a hot dog. He accepts. She also gets a drink for herself from somewhere.
So this story is pretty cute. Not a lot to it, but it was enjoyable.
This story was reprinted as a flashback within the “Coming Distractions” story in Cheryl Blossom Special, No. 1, in 1995.
After this story (in the original issue) is a fashion page called “Cheryl Blossom Struts Her Stuff”, where Cheryl models outfits submitted by fans.