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Comics A.M. | Archie tackles breast cancer in Cheryl Blossom story

Cheryl Blossom from "Life With Archie"

Comics | As part of an Associated Press article about comics addressing real-world issues, it’s revealed that the glamorous Cheryl Blossom, an Archie Comics character who has appeared throughout the years, often as a fourth player in the traditional Archie/Betty/Veronica love triangle, will battle breast cancer in a new storyline. According to Editor-in-Chief Victor Gorelick, Cheryl feels fortunate she can afford treatment, which “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.” [The Associated Press]

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“the glamorous Cheryl Blossom, an Archie Comics character who appeared only briefly in the 1980s before being reintroduced two years ago in Life With Archie”

Zuh? Cheryl Blossom had her own miniseries in 1995 and 1996, and an ongoing that ran from 1997-2000, and ComicBookDB also lists plenty of appearances in the 2000s.

http://www.comicbookdb.com/character.php?ID=13269

So, will the Million Moms be protesting this Life With Archie book too?

Yeah, the retcons of Lois Lane are really a bummer. It’ll be years before she’s interesting again. :-(

Jason Green! Noted and updated!

Steve G: Now THAT’S service!

Paul: Agreed. I haven’t found what they’re doing with her character interesting since before New Krypton at least, possibly longer. But then, as a long time Supes fan, I’m bored by everything they’re doing with the character post-New 52.

Look at Archie comics, finally showing some GUTS in doing socially relevant stories…

Next I want Archie & Jughead to travel crosscountry in an old pickup truck, to see America. ;-)

Under Obamacare no one will ever have worry about affording expensive medical treatments, because everyone is required to buy expensive medical insurance.

Problem solved.

Gosh, I wonder what item on the liberal agenda Archie Comics will tackle next? Rush Limbaugh taking away women’s contraception? We can only hope! I’m sure it will be hard-hitting and well-thought out.

jdh417:

How foolish you are. A comic promoting breast cancer awareness has you spouting conservative hogwash about the “liberal agenda.”

But if you want to go there: Explain to me why something as important as your own health should be exploited for the profit of drug companies and corporate hospitals. Are their profits more important than your health?

You get the world you choose.

jdh417: It must be exhausting going through every day tilting at so many windwills.

I think the Millions of Moms had already protested against Archie Comics ever since they added a gay character in the comics

According to Editor-in-Chief Victor Gorelick, Cheryl feels fortunate she can afford treatment, which “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.”

It’s not promoting breast cancer awareness; it’s promoting the socialized medicine agenda.

@Chris N: Government medicine programs don’t cure anyone without for-profit medicine companies and doctors developing treatments.

As Marvel and DC continue to become more and more boorish, backward, conservative, and socially irrelevant, Archie is trying to become the new Optic Nerve. Who could have seen that coming?

And whether or not it’s political, people will make it political. Anything worth saying will cause negative backlash, but kudos for doing stories that matter.

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