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Saga artist Fiona Staples takes Josie and the Pussycats from bubblegum idols to real rockers in her variant cover for October’s Life with Archie #24. ” This storyline take place about ten years into the future, so I did a grown-up version of the band!” Staples writes on her blog “It was inspired in part by the 2001 Pussycats movie, and Alison Mosshart from The Kills, who wears a lot of animal print.”
It’s also a very different look from the standard Life with Archie cover dress, but in a way it reflects the contents better. The comic is already a weird combination of indy and Archie — it would be cool to see the creators take it even further in the indy direction.
Creators | Dan Parent discusses an upcoming Archie storyline that will bring Valerie Brown from Josie and the Pussycats to Riverdale, causing sparks to once again fly: “The fans can expect the next step in what I think is the most romantic story in Archie history. The chemistry between Archie and Valerie was hot the first time they got together, and now you’ve really got to see it simmer, all the way from the rekindling of their romance to getting much more serious than we’ve seen before.” [USA Today]
Editorial cartoons | Cartoonist Jeff Stahler has resigned from The Columbus Dispatch following accusations that he lifted ideas from other cartoons, including one that ran in The New Yorker. [Poynter]
It says something – although, I admit, I’m not quite sure what – that the book I enjoyed reading most last week wasn’t one of the “New 52″ from DC, nor was it the long-awaited return of Casanova from Marvel… Instead, it was The Best of Archie Comics, a collection of stories from the past seven decades of America’s favorite teenager. Well, apart from Justin Beiber, obviously.
I’ve written before about my secret, somewhat confused love for the Riverdale gang, but there’s something about reading such a chunk of history from the publisher in one sitting (It’s not only Archie stories, either – there’re Sabrina The Teenage Witch stories in there, as well as Josie And The Pussycats, the little-remembered That Wilkins Boy and even some Katy Keene) that’s weirdly compelling and addictive; I finished the 400+ page book and pretty much wished I had another one, as long if not longer, waiting for me immediately.
Dan DeCarlo’s fictional rock band will get new life (sort of) as actor/producer Nick Cannon and Atlantic Records search for three girls to resurrect Josie and the Pussycats.
The worldwide quest will be the basis for a reality competition series and possibly a spin-off dramedy — both on Nickelodeon’s TeenNick channel, for which Cannon is chairman. No target date was given for the shows’ debut.
Created by DeCarlo in 1958 and sold to Archie Comics, Josie McCoy first appeared in Archie’s Pals ‘n’ Gals before receiving her own series in 1963, appearing with friends Melody and Pepper. (The comic was initially titled She’s Josie and then shortened to Josie.) When Hanna-Barbera Productions sought to develop a comic property to replicate the success of The Archie Show animated series, the publisher made significant changes to Josie. With December 1969’s Issue 45, Josie and Melody donned their now-familiar leopard-print costumes and formed a band, and the title was changed to Josie and the Pussycats.
The new approached spawned two short-lived Saturday-morning cartoons — Josie and the Pussycats and Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space — which in turn led to a real-life pop group featuring Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor (aka Cheryl Ladd). A live-action film loosely based on the characters was released in 2001.