Comics – Hot Stuff

Writer: Frank Doyle*
Pencils: Dan DeCarlo*
Inks: Dan DeCarlo*
Colors: Barry Grossman*
Letters: Bill Yoshida*
Original Publication: Archie’s Girls Betty and Veronica, No. 328
Cover Date: February, 1984
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 and may or may not be accurate.

Prior to this story, earlier in the issue, there’s a fashion page titled “Wild West Fashions”, where Betty, Veronica, Midge, Nancy, and Cheryl model fashion designs submitted by readers.

In the winter, while it’s snowing, Veronica and Betty walk by Cheryl, who’s getting romantic with a boy. They talk about her supposedly constant displays of heterosexuality, and Betty comments about how Cheryl’s “supposed to be some hot stuff”. Veronica laughs it off, and Betty agrees. Then Cheryl kisses the guy, and the snow melts around them.

This makes Veronica and Betty feel like failures, and they part ways, each going home to sulk.

Veronica passes by Archie. He asks her what’s wrong. Veronica tries the snow-melting thing with Archie, but it doesn’t work. Archie calls her “hot stuff”, but she’s more convinced than ever that she’s “a colossal failure as a woman” and storms off.

Archie walks off, confused. He sees Betty and decides to ask her about Ronnie’s behavior, but she kisses him before he has the chance. Since no snow melts, she drops him on his ass in the snow and storms off, declaring herself to be “a total washout”. Archie stands up, confused but pleased. He thinks it’s all about him, of course.

Archie comes across Cheryl and decides it’s time to “make some points” with her. Archie comes on to her. Cheryl thinks all boys are great, and she always feels like kissing. Taking Archie by the arm, her one reservation for him before they proceed is for them to stay away from the heat vent outside the bakery, because it almost melted her shoes a while ago. Ha.

This story is pretty cute. While Veronica and Betty will be sulking at home, probably drinking hot cocoa, Cheryl will be getting busy with Archie.

This story was reprinted as a flashback within the “Seymore No More!” story in Cheryl Blossom Special, No. 1, in 1995.


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Author: markmooreauthor

I love watching anime and superhero movies, and I love playing video games. I also write fan fiction and original fiction.

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