Monday, March 9, 2015

The Riverdale Kids Show Off Their Dance Moves in BETTY AND VERONICA COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #231

I'm finally catching up with my Archie Comics digests! The last one in my current pile of comics is BETTY AND VERONICA COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #231! It starts out with a cute brand-new short story about Riverdale High School's First Annual Spring Swing Dance Contest. Veronica has been enrolled in a swing dance class and is convinced that she will win this contest -- if she has the right dance partner!

Instead of choosing her BFF Kevin, she leaves it up to Archie and Reggie to duke it out and figure out which one is the better dancer. That boy will take Veronica to the dance contest!

Tired of watching Archie and Reggie argue, Betty steps forward and offers to help them figure out which boy is the better dancer. After all, she was involved in those swing dance classes also and is a pretty good judge of others' dancing creds!

What follows are two pages of dance moves -- beautifully rendered by the masterful Fernando Ruiz! By the end of page four, one of the boys comes out of the "audition" as a clear winner -- and Betty gets the leftovers.

Check out that poodle shirt!
 I won't give away too much of the final gag, but I love how Betty was portrayed. She was helpful, as always, but she was tricky and devious and I really love seeing that aspect to this otherwise goody-goody character!

"Dance Fever" was written by Paul Kupperberg, penciled by Fernando Ruiz, inked by Bob Smith, lettered by Jack Morelli, and colored by Digikore Studios.

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