Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Next Storyline in "Life With Archie": Cheryl Blossom and her Breast Cancer Diagnosis!

I have been writing quite a bit about Archie Comics and one of my current favorite comic books, Life With Archie. LWA is a magazine-style comic book that tells two separate future tales of life in Riverdale: one where Archie married Veronica and another where Archie married Betty. It's been in the news a lot recently because of the marriage of Lt. Kevin Keller and Dr. Clay Walker, but there's way more to this comic book besides gay weddings. Longtime Archie characters have died in this book. Archie and Verornica are struggling with the end of their marriage. The Lodge family is teetering on the edge of financial ruin. And Betty and Archie are struggling to keep food on their table.

I just learned that LWA is planning to catch up with another fan favorite. Cheryl Blossom is a sexy young woman who was introduced to Archie Comics back in the 1980s. She was originally introduced to serve as a third romantic rival to Betty and Veronica for Archie's affections. She disappeared for a while before being reintroduced to the Archie audience in recent years. I get the impression that she's less vampish that she was originally. Over the years, she has dated Archie and Reggie and Dilton. Like Veronica, Cheryl can be a snob, but she has her soft moments too.

Getting back to LWA, I learned earlier tonight that the Cheryl will be returning to Riverdale soon. Unfortunately, it appears that adulthood isn't working out well for her. Cheryl will be struggling with breast cancer in this new storyline. It's too early to tell if she will survive or if she will eventually succumb to the cancer. But she looks awful in the above image.

Updated Later on 03/06/12: Archie Comics' website confirms the breast cancer storyline and has linked to an AP article regarding comic books tackling "tough issues". It one of those pieces that get published every few months that remind us that comic books "aren't your parents' comic books". I've been reading these types of articles since I began reading comics back in the 80s. Anyway, this is what they had to say about Cheryl Blossom's upcoming breast cancer storyline:
In another story line, Cheryl Blossom, who lit out for California to pursue a film career, is now in her 20s and facing not celluloid dreams, but breast cancer. So, said Victor Gorelick, Archie editor-in-chief, she returns home to be among friends, family and a familiar environment even if she's got guilt over being able to afford her treatment.

"One of the things that comes out is that she feels she's very fortunate that she can have all this treatment because she has medical insurance, the money, to be able to do it," Gorelick said. The story "opens the door that there are a lot of people who cannot afford this kind of treatment and we have to see where that's kind of going to lead."

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