It’s undoubtedly a case of saving the best for last.
Archie Comics has announced that, in the spirit of its recent title relaunches — Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, etc. — that have incorporated a modern sensibility into the Archie classics, that Josie and the Pussycats are set to come roaring back in September.
Josie and the Pussycats #1 is set to arrive in stores Sept. 28, courtesy of co-writers Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio, with Audrey Mok on the art duties. As with other recent Archie relaunches, there will be a cavalcade of variant covers; at this time, only Veronica Fish and Francesco Francavilla have been announced as contributors.
The story line, as ever, will follow the trials and tribulation of the pop trio, Josie, Valerie, and Melody; scheming arch-rival Alexandra Cabot has been confirmed as well.
For those of you who aren’t old men that once thrilled to the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, classic Josie looks like this.
Josie was created by Archie Comics stalwart Dan DeCarlo in 1963, and as much as we appreciate that version and subsequent interpretations, another “New Riverdale” relaunch starring Josie, Melody, and Val is fertile ground in the age of YouTube stardom, celebrity culture, and TMZ. While a cynical take might be low-hanging fruit, it seems this book is reaching higher, with Bennett saying “Josie and the Pussycats is zany, high-energy, hilarious, and utterly sincere.”
Here’s a take on the band by Fiona Staples, the incredible artist of Saga and more, which was used for a “Life With Archie #24” variant cover:
With any luck, it’ll hew more closely to Staples’ take than the Hanna-Barbera cartoon. Though we must confess a certain fondness for this “Cartoon Network Groovie” from a while back:
Save the date — Josie and the Pussycats #1 hits on 9/28, 32 pages for $4.
Images: Archie Comics, Hanna-Barbera