Writer: Holly G! (Holly Golightly)*
Pencils: Holly G!*
Inking: Jim Amash*
Lettering: Bill Yoshida*
Coloring: Stephanie Vozzo*
Original Publication: Cheryl Blossom, No. 33
Cover Date: August, 2000
Length: 6 pages
*Only the lead story in the issue is credited. I assume the credits apply to all of the stories.
Although I have the original issue, I’m reviewing this story from the digital edition.
Before we even get into the story, I need to address the note at the bottom of the first page. It’s advertising Sabrina: The Animated Series, which had, by this point, already aired its final episode around six months earlier. What was the point of advertising the TV series in the comic books, anyway? I guarantee any kid that was reading Archie Comics at that time already knew about Sabrina: The Animated Series. Were they desperately trying to get more people to tune in and get a second season made?
Cheryl (who has aquamarine eyes in this story) is at Pembrooke Beach. A guy seems to compliment her, which initially flatters her, but she soon takes issue with his wording.
The guy, Philip, is a marine biology student and is into collecting seashells. Cheryl’s facial expression indicates…surprise/confusion at this.
Cheryl is into him and offers to help him find some shells. He accepts. She tries flirting with him, but he’s oblivious and gets distracted by a pod of whales.
Cheryl gets irritated with him but then gets an idea. She gets on her cell phone and calls someone named Christy at Christy’s Costumes. We don’t hear the order, but Christy says she’ll “be there in 30”.
Christy arrives with a mermaid costume. I notice there’s a blue sports car parked next to Christy’s green van, but there’s no indication that it’s Cheryl’s.
Cheryl’s plan is to get Philip’s attention by pretending to be a mermaid. Christy goes along with it, despite her concern that the rock that Cheryl wants to sit on is “kinda far from shore”. Cheryl sits on the rock, and Christy puts the fish tail on her (while also telling her that the sea water is going to ruin it) and leaves.
Cheryl tries attracting Philip, but he ignores her in favor of a female starfish lover named Shelley. As the couple walk off together, Cheryl stews in anger, and a sea lion falls in love with her.
This story was pretty dumb. Not much else to say.