When I was growing up, there were only two teams, and we didn”t have hashtags wars over them (because the Internet was for rich people and scientists). You were either a Betty Cooper or a Veronica Lodge. Blonde or brunette. The girl next door or the glamorous pseudo-mean girl. But a few Archie fans chose a different path. The path of Cheryl Blossom.
First introduced in 1982 to turn the Archie love triangle into a quadrangle, Cheryl Blossom and her twin brother Jason only lasted two years before being axed. Partly because Cheryl was deemed ‘too sexual” for a kid”s comic. She wouldn”t resurface again until a decade later. In 1994, Cheryl was the spark that ignited the four-part miniseries Love Showdown in which she returned to Riverdale for good.
If Betty is the archetype tomboy and Veronica the uptown girl, Cheryl Blossom represents the femme fatale. But for tween me, Cheryl was represented something else. Despite her snobbish ways, at heart, the character was someone who was comfortable with herself. Cheryl liked adventure and fun; she wanted to dress up and kiss boys. She was never after Archie as a serious boyfriend, but as one of many suitors to entertain her. In short, Cheryl was represented another way, one that wasn”t about chasing a boy to marry him.
So I”m very pleased to get the chance to reveal that after a long absence from the revamped Archie Comics, Cheryl Blossom will be returning to Riverdale this October! After the jump, be sure to check out all the amazing variant covers, as well as your first look at the October solicits for Betty & Veronica, Josie & The Pussycats, and Jughead along with all their variant covers.
For Halloween, Sabrina will be guest-starring in Jughead!