Writer: Kathleen Webb
Pencils: Stan Goldberg*
Inks: Rod Ollerenshaw*
Colors: Barry Grossman*
Letters: Bill Yoshida*
Original Publication: Betty’s Diary, No. 28
Cover Date: September, 1989
Length: 5 pages
*I’m posting an old review that I wrote in 2007, of a story reprinted 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.
As noted above, this story was written as part of an old review (I used to write reviews for Archie Comics Fan Forum years before starting this blog). In fact, it was the next-to-last story printed in Betty and Veronica Double Digest, No. 150. I do have (or at least had) the Betty’s Diary issue, but I’m not sure where at the moment, so I can’t tell if anything was altered for the reprint, although, considering it’s Kathleen Webb, there probably wasn’t anything that anyone would find even remotely objectionable.
Betty is writing in her diary about going to her cousin Marie’s wedding today. She had wished it was Archie and her up there instead.
Betty writes about everybody making such a fuss over you at showers and parties, lots of lovely presents, and the new diamond ring that you get to flash around.
Archie interrupts Betty’s daydream. They’re at Pop’s. Archie asks about Betty’s dress. Betty explains and adds she caught the bouquet. Archie asks when Betty’s getting married. Betty tries to get Archie to ask her now as a long-term engagement until after she graduates from college, but Archie is happy only that Betty is considering higher education. Archie adds he’s definitely going to college.
As Archie and Betty dance to “The Loco-Motion” on the jukebox, Betty keeps prodding him about his plans after college. Archie says he’ll get a job to support his family, but he says there’s still lots of time for him to decide who he’ll marry. Betty teases him that the girl that he dreams of marrying might have met somebody else by then and suggests he get his bid in for her now, before it’s too late, just to be sure.
When Veronica walks into Pop’s, Archie asks Veronica to go steady, and Veronica agrees. Betty furiously tells Archie that she wouldn’t marry him if he was the last man on Earth – not even if he asks her. Betty then dumps a bowl of pistachio ice cream on Archie’s head and storms out of Pop’s. Archie blames Betty for not making herself clear in the first place.
I know this is a Betty’s Diary story, but it makes Betty seem rather shallow. Her private thoughts reveal she cares about attention, presents, and a diamond ring.
Also, I’m confused about something. I get that Betty’s flashing back to her thoughts during her cousin’s wedding while she’s sitting in Pop’s, but it doesn’t show her actually writing in her diary at Pop’s.
Finally, this story ends the love triangle – again.