Writer: Mike Pellowski
Pencils: Henry Scarpelli*
Inks: Al Nickerson*
Original Publication: Betty and Veronica Comics Digest Magazine, No. 179
Cover Date: December, 2007
Shipping Date: October 24, 2007**
On-Sale DDC Date: October 31, 2007**
On-Sale Newsstand Date: November 13, 2007**/***
Length: 5 pages
*I’m posting an old review that I wrote in 2008, of a story in a digest that I no longer own. I didn’t make note of anyone other than the writer back then; the info comes from Grand Comics Database.
**according to solicitations
***I realize, in my review of “Westward, Huh?“, I’d given an on-sale date of November 12. I don’t know where I’d gotten that date, but that was actually a Monday. I’d recently checked the original solicitation for the issue, which gives the 13th (a Tuesday) as the newsstand date, which makes a lot more sense (Tuesday is “new book day”), so consider this to be my official correction.
Betty takes a football and leaves home. Today is the day of the big gals vs. guys touch football game at the park. Alice is secretly happy that Betty gets real exercise instead of playing too many video games. Fred has the same thoughts about Archie when he leaves his house with a football and tells Fred where he’s going. They’ve been planning the game for weeks. Chuck and Moose join Archie on the way to the park, and Jughead and Reggie arrive at some point as well. Betty and Veronica arrive with Midge and Nancy. After some tough talk, they start playing.
When the score is tied, a man and a woman walking by stop to look. The woman comments that she likes to see young people outside instead of playing video games in front of a TV screen. A thunderstorm starts. Veronica says they’ll have to postpone their game. Betty yells to run for it. Veronica says they can’t quit with the score tied. Betty asks how they’ll settle which team is better; they may not be able to schedule a rematch. Veronica has them follow her to her house. Some ride in Nancy’s van; others ride with Veronica and Reggie.
Later, at Veronica’s house, they’re finishing the game by playing girls vs. guys in video football. Betty compliments Veronica on her idea. Mr. Lodge is bothered that the kids spend so much time playing video games.
This is a cute story. The anti-video game theme on the parts of the parents got on my nerves (I’m not into sports, and I love video games) until the twist at the end.
I love that the story takes place in Autumn.
Why did Fred ask where Archie was going? They’d been planning the game for weeks. Did Archie neglect to tell him?
Veronica does a complete 180 after Betty’s comment – from saying they’ll have to postpone to wanting to stay and finish the game. What’s that about?
After meeting up with Archie at the bottom of page 2, Jughead completely disappears from the story until the top of page 5. Where did he go? Did someone point out that 5 against 4 isn’t fair, so he slept through the game?
Overall, this is a fun story.