Archie comics are having a moment right now. The perpetually overlooked comics publisher – at least compared to Marvel and DC – has been around for decades and has remained surprisingly influential. Without Archie, the famous Spider-Man love triangle of the 60s, starring Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy, might not exist. Despite the publisher’s longevity and influence, they have always played second fiddle to the two greats. It’s up to the critical masterpiece Afterlife with Archie revitalized the brand.
Afterlife with Archie became so successful that the Archie comics underwent a mini-rebrand in the late 2010s that produced some modest hits. Success on the comic page launched Riverdale, Katy Keenand Netflix sabrina to restart. And, hey, that’s great and all, but where’s my Josie and the Pussycats to restart ? Of course, they appeared in Riverdale, but I want a real spin-off. Preferably a show that runs away from Riverdalethe campy tone and the absurdity. Why Don’t Archie Comics Believe That Josie and the Pussycats can be a mainstream success?
Oh, yeah, that’s right. I forgot that.
Well, the video embedded above will have to be the closest I’ll get to a modern version of my favorite fictional band. Too bad the video is over – check the notes – 20 years old.