Writer: Mike Pellowski
Pencils: Bill Galvan*
Original Publication: Betty and Veronica Comics Digest Magazine, No. 177
Shipping Date: August 1, 2007**
On-Sale DDC Date: August 8, 2007**
On-Sale Newsstand Date: August 21, 2007**
Length: 6 pages
*Due to the holiday crunch and longer work hours, I’m posting an old review that I wrote in 2007, of a story in a digest that I no longer own. I didn’t make note of anyone other than the writer back then, and Grand Comics Database doesn’t have any info. Bill Galvan took credit for drawing the story in response to my original posting of this review on Archie Comics Fan Forum in August of 2007 (I reviewed the story on August 22, the day after the newsstand date, and Galvan made his comments on August 28).
**according to solicitations
Veronica, Betty, and Midge arrive at Veronica’s house after seeing a matinee movie. Veronica is worried over the pink limo parked in front of her house, but she won’t tell Betty and Midge who’s there.
When they go into the mansion, Mr. Lodge says Veronica’s childhood friend, Venice Bilton, dropped out of the blue for a visit. Venice’s father and Mr. Lodge are old friends. Venice is, according to Betty, a high society celebrity, a famous high fashion model, and trend setter. Midge adds Venice has her own line of very elegant clothing and expensive cosmetics, walks perfectly, looks perfect, and is “totally hot”. Mr. Lodge adds “HehHeh! I guess that’s true!” Creepy.
Venice isn’t approving of Betty and Midge, calling them “country bumpkins”, “quaint”, and “ordinary”. Venice refuses to shake Midge’s hand, fearing her nails might break. Venice insults Betty and Midge’s clothes as “rural”.
Veronica has enough and tells Betty and Midge of Venice’s childhood as a klutzy “human disaster zone” and “sloppy little girl” that liked to make mud pies. Venice, angry that Veronica has revealed “those awful secrets”, leaves. Veronica tells Venice to not be mad, because she “only told the simple truth”.
This is a mildly entertaining story. I’d say Venice Bilton is meant to be Paris Hilton, but Venice is definitely younger than Paris (who was born in 1981).
Midge is totally crushing on Venice. Better not let Moose find out. What would the world be like without Venice Bilton?
It’s ironic that Veronica accuses Venice of having a “snobby, better than everyone attitude”, because Veronica is often portrayed the same way.
I wonder if Veronica’s final comment about telling the simple truth is an allusion to The Simple Life.
Artist Bill Galvan had this to say about the story: “Besides drawing the “Paris wannabe”, I really liked drawing Veronica’s mustang on the splash page!”
Finally, this story was released soon after Paris served her jail sentence, but her legal troubles related to driving began in September of 2006. Seems a bit odd for Archie to spoof her at this time.