Comics – Literary Day

tales-from-riverdale-digest-24
Writer: Bill Golliher
Pencils: Randy Elliot*
Inks: Jim Amash*
Colors: ?*
Letters: ?*
Original Publication: Tales From Riverdale Digest, No. 24
Cover Date: December, 2007
Shipping Date: October 3, 2007**
On-Sale DDC Date: October 10, 2007**
On-Sale Newsstand Date: October 23, 2007**
Length: 5 pages

*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; the info comes from Grand Comics Database.

**according to solicitations

Mr. Weatherbee and Ms. Grundy are standing outside Riverdale High School to greet students as they arrive on Riverdale High’s 1st Annual Literary Day, which was Ms. Grundy’s idea. Students get to show up dressed as literary characters.

Moose and Midge are Romeo and Juliet from William Shakespeare’s play of the same name. Moose is confused as to which one that he is, and Midge angrily tells him.

Reggie is Bram Stoker’s Dracula and hits on Midge, but Moose threatens him.

Archie swings in as Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, knocking Mr. Weatherbee over.

Betty is Glinda, the good witch from Frank L. Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. Veronica is the Wicked Witch of the West (she lost the coin toss with Betty), carried by boys dressed as winged monkeys. Archie and Reggie briefly fight over Veronica, and Veronica and Betty briefly fight over Archie.

Dilton lands in a hot-air balloon as Phileas Fogg from Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. Mr. Weatherbee gives Dilton eighty days of detention for ruining Mr. Svenson’s garden.

Chuck is Ultrahuman. Nancy is his crimefighting girlfriend, Dynamo Lass. They’re characters from a comic graphic novel. Reggie asks if that’s allowed. Chuck says comic books are literature, too. Ms. Grundy says “Things are so wacky around here, sometimes I think we all belong in a comic book!”

Everyone goes inside the school. Ms. Grundy reminds them that they owe her a book report. Ethel comes by, pulling Jughead in a wagon. Jughead had asked Ethel to play his wife. Betty cheers Ethel. Ethel says Jughead claims he’s going to sleep twenty years straight just like Washington Irving’s original Rip Van Winkle. Mr. Weatherbee tells Ms. Grundy that that’s one book report that she’ll be waiting a while for.

This is the other new story in this digest. As you can probably tell, there’s not much to it. It’s actually a pretty lazy story. Basically, it goes like this: student shows up in a costume, someone mentions the book’s author and title, a joke is made, repeat. Well, I’ll go through it and nitpick, anyway.

Why is Midge so over-the-top mad that Moose doesn’t know which character that he is? She should expect this kind of stuff from him by now – or at least laugh at it.

Why does Dilton get such a stiff punishment for landing a hot-air balloon at the school, but Archie gets away with slamming into Mr. Weatherbee and knocking him over?

Where did Archie tie that vine, anyway?

Phileas Fogg never traveled in a hot-air balloon in the novel. The idea was brought up briefly in chapter 32 but dismissed. The balloon was used in the 1956 movie adaptation.

Mr. Svenson is the school’s janitor. He also maintains the garden?

I really wouldn’t call comic books literature, and the argument comes off as heavy-handed, anyway.

So does Ms. Grundy’s comic book “joke”.

What’s with Betty’s exclamation of “You go, girl!” to Ethel? Being Jughead’s wife isn’t exactly a prize.

So…will Jughead be absent from the comic books for the next twenty years? (Spoiler alert: no.)

I don’t see the point of this “story”. Is it an attempt to get kids to check these books out of the library?

Dracula is awesome. Around the World in Eighty Days is okay (I read only the Great Illustrated Classics edition). The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Romeo and Juliet are rather dumb, though. I doubt kids would be interested in them. I haven’t read the others.

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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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