Monday, January 13, 2014

New Life and Comic for Josie and the Pussycats?

Maybe I'm just trying to get some stuff started, but it all began with this incredible drawing by Fiona Staples for the 24th alternative cover for Life With Archie: The Married Life.  In case you don't know, this series is about the life of Archie Andrews after he marries Veronica Lodge and not Betty Cooper.  The question of who Archie loved best --- Betty or Veronica was finally answered.  Then, I think America got mad. Then, he married Betty.  But, how?  Through an alternative timeline storyline and a walk UP Memory Lane.  The "Life With Archie" books still continue.  (SPOILERS: Ms. Grundy dies from cancer.  Cheryl Blossom has cancer.  Kevin Keller marries his partner, Clay.  Jughead gets Midge pregnant.  Moose acknowledges his anger issues and becomes Mayor of Riverdale.)  Recently, the series has been doing alternative covers, which is nothing unusual in the comics world.  Well, Josie and the Pussycats finally surfaced in an issue.  This STUNNING and BEAUTIFUL rendition by the obviously incredible Fiona Staples depicts a NEW Josie and the Pussycats.  (Really, it was just a guest appearance, but this interpretation has left me very hopeful that someday it will become a reality.) Archie Comics just put out Digital Exclusives of "She's Josie" (Josie Jones's first appearance in her own comic book) and "Josie and the Pussycats - The Complete Manga," (a short lived extra from "Archie and Friends").  With a new cartoon and extreme re-vamp for Archie and the Gang AND Sabrina The Teenage Witch (who celebrated her 50th anniversary) coming, maybe --- just M-A-Y-B-E ... Josie and the Pussycats will get another opportunity to shine.  Valerie Brown breathed new life into the group when she hooked up with Archie Andrews, thus creating a love-fest that everybody seems to love.  Even Betty and Veronica realize that they may lose their beloved Archiekins forever
But, what about Josie?  What about The Pussycats?!?  The beautiful cover by Fiona Staples makes me hope that Archie Comics will take a deeper look into this simple cover --- and give these gals another chance at comic stardom.  There's a Josie and the Pussycats "Digital Exclusive" coming in December 2014.  Yes, a whole damn year from now.  But, maybe that means good things are also coming for my favorite girl band.
 Archie Digital Exclusives
 Dan Parent makes them look --- GREAT!!!
Josie and the Pussycats MANGA!!!
We ALL know the cartoons.
I did love the movie. Especially, the look!

 The soundtrack ROCKED!!!!

 Yes, they had dolls!

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