- Posted by Johanna on July 26, 2008 at 10:36 am
- Category: Archie Comics
Archie kicked off their “realistic”/New Look promotion (which has been running through various titles for the past two years) with a Betty & Veronica story called “Bad Boy Trouble“. In it, Veronica takes up with a new boy in town, a biker who treats everyone badly. It takes four installments for her to realize that sneaking around, lying about what she’s doing, and dating this guy are all bad ideas.
They did things different in the old days. In “Dumb Dates”, reprinted in this month’s Betty & Veronica Digest #186, Veronica learns the same lesson in six pages. And two of the pages looked like they wandered in from some other story altogether! Here’s the intro, in which Archie has been invited to a Lodge yacht party:
Check out that 70s lingerie-top jumpsuit Veronica’s wearing! Goes great with her shag haircut, doesn’t it? I have no idea when this story first appeared, unfortunately.
Veronica and Dad go home, Dad swearing all the while about what a bad boyfriend Archie is. (I’d think he’d be more concerned that she’s dressing like a slutty Love Boat extra.) She’s upset that Dad wants to tell her who she should date. He makes the mistake of saying, “No one can be a worse baboon [than Archie],” while she’s phoning said baboon about their date that night, a date he doesn’t remember making. Archie comes to pick up Veronica anyway.
Turns out she’s using him to get to her real boyfriend, who’s even more unacceptable. And why does Veronica dress like she’s a young matron for a date with a biker?
The next day, Veronica tells Archie she needs him to beard for her again, and he says, oh, ok, but just once more. In short: Archie is an idiot.
Archie’s willing to face down a biker gang but doesn’t have the cahones to tell Veronica that he’s not her decoy? Meanwhile, she turns on a dime for no real good reason except that the story is almost over. Look at poor, stricken Rusty in that last panel.
On the last page, as Archie takes Veronica home, the two make up. She says she’s sorry, he says he was jealous but knew she’d come back to him eventually. The final punchline? Dad still doesn’t like Archie. It’s a goofy, pointless story that bears no resemblance to real-world motivations or behavior… but in that way, it’s not really any different from its more current counterpart.