Josie

 JOSI   (Archie, 1963-1982)

™ and ©1967 Radio Comics, Inc.
Series continued from She’s Josie #16

Legendary artist Dan DeCarlo was tinkering with a new comic strip in the 1950s when his wife Josette came home sporting a new bouffant hairdo complete with black velvet ribbon. “That’s it!” he exclaimed, and immediately began to model the heroine of his strip after his wife’s new look. He also decided to name the character after her, thus “Josie” was born.

The initial strip, “Here’s Josie” was eventually reworked and brough to Archie Comics in 1963. It caught on well enough to earn Josie a part in TV’s Archie cartoon show. Josie would later form a rock band and get a show of her own-Josie & the Pussycats, the concept of which would overtake the title with issue #45 in 1969, as well as becoming a popular Saturday morning cartoon show—and much later a live-action motion picture. The trademark cat costume for the Pussycats was inspired by a the real Josie’s cat outfit, which she wore to a costume party while on a Caribbean cruise.

Sadly, DeCarlo was forced to spend part of the later part of his life embroiled in legal tussles with Archie over the rights and royalties to his creation. He lost the fight, and on December 18th, 2001—eight days after the Supreme Court refused his appeal—DeCarlo suffered a fatal heart attack. He is much missed in the world of comics.

This series was formerly known as She’s Josie, changing to simply “Josie” with issue #17

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#17

  12/1/1965
  $0.12
  $56.00
No copies available
Series continued from She’s Josie #16  

#18

  2/1/1966
  $0.12
  $16.00
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#19

  4/1/1966
  $0.12
  $16.00
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#20

  6/1/1966
  $0.12
  $61.00
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#21

  8/1/1966
  $0.12
  $10.00
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#22

  9/1/1966
  $0.12
  $42.00
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1st Appearance of Mighty Man (Alexander Cabot III); 1st Appearance of Mighty Girl (Alexandra Cabot); Origin of Mighty Man (Alexander Cabot III); Origin of Mighty Girl (Alexandra Cabot)Frank Doyle, Joe EdwardsDan DeCarlo, Joe Edwards

#23

  10/1/1966
  $0.12
  $26.00
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#24

  12/1/1966
  $0.12
  $10.00
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#25

  2/1/1967
  $0.12
  $14.50
No copies available
 Frank DoyleDan DeCarlo

#26

  4/1/1967
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  $27.00
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#27

  6/1/1967
  $0.12
  $18.00
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#28

  8/1/1967
  $0.12
  $24.00
No copies available
   

#29

  9/1/1967
  $0.12
  $18.00
1 copy available for $1.50
   

#30

  10/1/1967
  $0.12
  $10.00
No copies available
 Frank Doyle, Eda Edwards, Joe EdwardsDan DeCarlo, Joe Edwards

#31

  12/1/1967
  $0.12
  $25.00
1 copy available for $2.00
 Frank Doyle, Eda Edwards, Joe EdwardsDan DeCarlo, Joe Edwards

#32

  2/1/1968
  $0.12
  $21.00
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#33

  4/1/1968
  $0.12
  $20.00
1 copy available for $7.00
   

#34

  6/1/1968
  $0.12
  $14.50
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#35

  8/1/1968
  $0.12
  $42.00
1 copy available for $15.00
   

#36

  9/1/1968
  $0.12
  $15.00
1 copy available for $10.00
Josie; Li’l JinxFrank Doyle, Joe EdwardsDan DeCarlo, Joe Edwards

#37

  10/1/1968
  $0.12
  $22.00
1 copy available for $8.00
 Dan DeCarlo, Frank DoyleDan DeCarlo, Joe Edwards

#38

  12/1/1968
  $0.12
  $120.00
2 copies available from $35.00
   

#39

  2/1/1969
  $0.12
  $185.00
2 copies available from $9.99
   

#40

  4/1/1969
  $0.12
  $80.00
3 copies available from $3.00
 Frank Doyle, Eda Edwards, Joe EdwardsDan DeCarlo, Joe Edwards

#41

  6/1/1969
  $0.12
  $19.00
2 copies available from $2.50
   

#42

  8/1/1969
  $0.15
  $8.00
No copies available
1st appearance of Alan M  

#43

  9/1/1969
  $0.15
  $111.00
1 copy available for $38.95
   

#44

  10/1/1969
  $0.15
  $21.00
No copies available
Series continues as Josie & the PussycatsDick MalmgrenDan DeCarlo