Josie #42
(August 1969)

Archie, 1965 Series
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Price
0.15 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Seven times a year in Feb., April, June, August, Sept., Oct. and Dec.
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Radio Comics, Inc.
Brand
Archie Series
Editing
Richard Goldwater

Issue Notes

The first Josie issue without Pepper.

As Pepper vanishes, another character arrives: this issue is the first appearance of Alan M.

This issue is also the last appearance of Pepper's boyfriend, Sock, who has almost nothing to do without her, and was also never mentioned again after being written out.

This was the first issue to introduce the "band" concept popularized by the Archie cartoon series, though in this story, the band is an all-male one (much like the Archie band in the comics was originally only Archie, Jughead and Reggie). A few months later, the company hit on the idea of putting Josie in a band instead, and the rest was history.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Josie / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Bill Yoshida

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Is that the boy you're going to ask to the dance?
Genre
teen; humor
Characters
Josie; Alan M.; un-named girl

Minstrel Man (Table of Contents: 1)

Josie / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Josie; Alexander Cabot III; Alexandra Cabot; Alexander Cabot II; Alan M.
Synopsis
Alex hears a new guy in town, Alan M., playing his guitar, and hires him to serenade Josie on his behalf. Josie instantly falls for Alan M., but he's only interested in his music.
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Indexer Notes

Josie's last name, which was "Jones" since the beginning of the comic, becomes "James" in this story. In subsequent years it would go back and forth between "James," "Jones" and "McCoy." All the "Josie" sequences in this issue are part of one continuously paginated story but are not marked as chapters or parts.

Dismal Drummer (Table of Contents: 2)

Josie / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
teen; humor
Characters
Josie; Alexander Cabot III; Alexandra Cabot; Alan M.; Gloomer; Instant Replay
Synopsis
Alexandra also takes a fancy to Alan M., and offers to sponsor his band. She meets Alan's drummer, the suicidally depressed Gloomer, and Gloomer's perky girlfriend Instant Replay, the only person in the world who can translate Gloomer's mumblings.
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Indexer Notes

Gloomer and Instant Replay are presented as possible recurring characters, but they didn't last beyond this issue.

Third Man Theme (Table of Contents: 3)

Josie / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
teen; humor
Characters
Josie; Alexander Cabot III; Alexandra Cabot; Alexander Cabot II; Alan M.; Instant Replay; Gloomer
Synopsis
Alan M. asks Alex to be the second guitarist in his band.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Dear Josie / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Eda Edwards [as Josie]
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Joe Edwards

Indexer Notes

Letters from B.R., T.M., O.N.

Jumping to a Conclusion (Table of Contents: 5)

Li'l Jinx / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Joe Edwards
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Joe Edwards

Genre
humor; children
Characters
Li'l Jinx; Hap Holliday
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Jester Melody (Table of Contents: 6)

Josie / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
teen; humor
Characters
Josie; Melody; Alexander Cabot III; Alexandra Cabot; Alan M.; Gloomer; Instant Replay; Sock
Synopsis
Alan, Gloomer and Alex make a great sound, and after listening to an argment between Josie and Alexandra, Melody gets an idea for the group's name: "Alan and the Jesters."
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Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Is that the boy you're going to ask to the dance?"]
    Josie
  2. 1. Minstrel Man
    Josie
  3. 2. Dismal Drummer
    Josie
  4. 3. Third Man Theme
    Josie
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Dear Josie
  6. 5. Jumping to a Conclusion
    Li'l Jinx
  7. 6. Jester Melody
    Josie
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