Writer: George Gladir*
Pencils: Dan DeCarlo*
Inks: Alison Flood*
Colors: Barry Grossman*
Letters: Bill Yoshida*
Original Publication: Betty and Veronica, No. 90
Cover Date: August, 1995
Length: 5 pages
*I don’t have the original issue and am reviewing this story from the PEP Digital #45: The Best of Cheryl Blossom e-book. The credits were removed from the story. The credits come from Grand Comics Database.
Some of you might be wondering what’s up with the title of this post. Well, it turns out that Archie Comics had printed two different stories called “The Flame Game”, both guest-starring Cheryl Blossom and both by pretty much the exact same creative team, in back-to-back issues of Betty and Veronica in 1995. The easiest distinction is the latter is a 6-pager.
Veronica is at the Riverdale Charity Bazaar with a box of Coconut Delight. Betty arrives in excitement and informs Ronnie of the “good news” that Cheryl Blossom has volunteered to help with the charity bazaar. Ronnie’s angry and tells Betty to “wise up”. She points to Cheryl’s kissing booth, where Cheryl is charging $1.00 to passionately kiss people on the lips (even a dog is impressed and probably hopes Cheryl will go inter-species).
Wait. Betty seemingly just got the news from Cheryl and ran over to tell Ronnie. How’d Cheryl get her kissing booth set up so quickly? Or did Cheryl call Betty from the bazaar and let her know?
Anyway, Cheryl talks up her kissing ability and tells Betty and Veronica to pass along her offer of a “special discount rate” to Archie. This pisses Ronnie off. They walk away. Cheryl gets Dilton to buy “an education for a mere dollar” from her, and her passionate kiss makes him defy the law of gravity.
Cheryl even gets a reluctant Moose to “fork over a buck and pucker up”, saying they’re raising money for new sports equipment, and Midge will be impressed with him. Betty observes the aftermath as she and Ronnie get hot dogs and drinks.
Moose runs over to Reggie, who’s making out with Midge. Reggie’s nervous, but Moose just wants to borrow a dollar for Cheryl’s kissing booth. Reggie lends him a dollar, realizes Moose paid absolutely no attention to what they were doing, and races off to “check out” Cheryl. She doesn’t disappoint. In his sex-crazed daze, Reggie knocks over Nancy and Chuck’s barbecue grill.
Ronnie notices the fire near Cheryl’s booth. Betty wonders if Cheryl’s kisses were responsible. This sounds familiar. Archie comes by, and Ronnie and Betty get him away from Cheryl for his protection. Cheryl looks on in amusement.
This story was pretty funny. Not much else to say.
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