JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS:
STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN:
THE CAPITOL RECORDINGS
Rhino Handmade RHM2 7783 (66:22)
CD Released 5 October 2001

Special Thanks to the Rhino Handmade Crew (July 1999-December 2001): Roland Worthington Hand, Rectangle Van Elk, D.K. Baker, Bryan Lasley w/ Patrick Pending & Bryan Thomas

A Few Notes by Harry Young

1. Every Beat Of My Heart (2:22)
–See Track 18, WITH Every Beat Of My Heart
--Registered 4 November 1970

2. La, La, La (If I Had You) (2:54)
–Reg. as If I Had You 9 December 1970
(Danny Janssen-Sue Steward)

3. Stop, Look And Listen (2:07)
--Reg. 5 November 1970
(Danny Janssen-Sue Steward)

4. Hand Clapping Song (1:49)
--Reg. as Clappin' Your Hands 4 November 1970
(Jesse Kirland-Danny Janssen)

5. I'll Be There (3:04)
-- Jackson Five version (Motown 1171) Billboard review 12 September 1970

6. You've Come A Long Way Baby (2:07)
--Reg. 4 November 1970
(Bobby Hart-Danny Janssen)

7. (They Long To Be) Close To You (2:56)

8. Roadrunner (1:56)
--Reg. 5 November 1970
(Danny Janssen-Sue Steward)

9. Lie, Lie, Lie (1:53)
--Reg. 4 November 1970
(Danny Janssen-Austin Roberts)

10. It Don't Matter To Me (2:32)
–Reg. 16 July 1969
(David Gates)
Bread version (Elektra 45701) Billboard review 19 September 1970

Tracks 1 to 10 taken from Capitol album ST-665 'JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS FROM THE HANNA-BARBERA TV SHOW' Released 15 December 1970, Billboard Four Star review 16 January 1971

11. Every Beat Of My Heart
(Bobby Hart-Danny Janssen) 2:12

12. It's All Right With Me (2:23)
--Reg. 5 November 1970
(Danny Janssen-Sue Steward)

Tracks 11 & 12 taken from Capitol single 2967, released 26 November 1970

Capitol singles
2909 Billboard review 3 October 1970
2916 Billboard review 26 September 1970
2918 & 2920 Billboard reviews 19 September 1970
2934 & 2938 Billboard reviews 10 October 1970
2946 Billboard ad 10 October 1970
2945 Billboard review 24 October 1970
2946 Billboard ads 10 October & w/ LP 621, 12 December 1970
2955 Billboard review 31 October 1970
2956 Billboard review 17 October 1970
2980 Billboard review 7 November 1970
2990 Billboard review 21 November 1970
2996 & 3001 Billboard reviews 28 November 1970
3006 Billboard review 12 December 1970
3008 Billboard review 12 December 1970
3009 Billboard review 19 December 1970
3014 Billboard ad 26 December 1970

13. Stop, Look And Listen (Single Version) 2:16

14. You’ve Come A Long Way Baby (Single Version) 1:54

Tracks 13 & 14 taken from Capitol single 3045, released 1 February 1971

Capitol Singles
3044 Billboard review 6 February 1971
3046 Billboard & Cash Box reviews 13 February 1971
3051 Billboard review 27 February 1971
3053 Billboard review 13 February 1971
3056 Billboard review 20 February 1971
3059 Billboard & Cash Box reviews 20 February 1971
3062 Billboard review 27 February 1971
3082 Billboard & Cash Box reviews 27 March 1971

15. A Letter To Mama (2:40)
--Reg. 22 October 1970
(Hoyt Curtin, Denby Williams, pseud. of William Hanna - Joseph Roland, pseud. of Joseph Barbera)

16. Inside, Outside, Upside Down (2:13)
--Reg. 5 November 1970
(Danny Janssen-Sue Steward)

Tracks 15 & 16 taken from Capitol Creative Products single CP-58

17. Josie (Main Theme) 2:17
--Reg. 3 August 1970
(Hoyt Curtin, Denby Williams, pseud. of William Hanna - Joseph Roland, pseud. of Joseph Barbera)

18. With Every Beat Of My Heart (2:13)
--Reg. 4 November 1970

Tracks 17 & 18 taken from Capitol Creative Products single CP-59

19. Voodoo (2:10)
--Reg. 4 November 1970
(Danny Janssen-Sue Steward)

20. If That Isn't Love (2:12)
--Reg. 22 October 1970
(Hoyt Curtin, Denby Williams, pseud. of William Hanna - Joseph Roland, pseud. of Joseph Barbera)

Tracks 19 & 20 taken from Capitol Creative Products single CP-60

21. I Wanna Make You Happy (2:12)
--Reg. 5 November 1970
(Danny Janssen-Sue Steward)

22. It's Gotta Be Him (2:22)
--Reg. 22 October 1970
(Hoyt Curtin, Denby Williams, pseud. of William Hanna - Joseph Roland, pseud. of Joseph Barbera)

Tracks 21 & 22 taken from Capitol Creative Products single CP-61

23. Lie, Lie, Lie (Alternate Mix) 1:58

24. You've Come A Long Way Baby (Alternate Mix 1) 1:57

25. You've Come A Long Way Baby (Alternate Mix 2) 2:05

26. Together (2:15)
–Reg. 4 November 1970
(Danny Janssen-Sue Steward)

27. Dreamaker (2:04)
–Reg. 4 November 1970
(Danny Janssen-Sue Steward)

28. The Time To Love (2:13)
–Reg. 4 November 1970
(Danny Janssen-Austin Roberts)

Tracks 23 to 28 are PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

29. Josie TV Theme (0:30-1:30)



TITL: Josie and the Pussycats.  No. 45, Dec. 1969.  By aRadio Comics, Inc. 
CLNA: acArchie Comic Publications, Inc. (PCW) 
          DREG: 22Dec97 
ODAT: 30Sep69 = Original Date Of Registration 

TITL: Josie and the Pussycats.  No. 46, Feb. 1969.  By aRadio Comics, Inc. 
CLNA: acArchie Comic Publications, Inc. (PCW) 
          DREG: 22Dec97 
ODAT: 1Dec69 

TITL: Josie and the Pussycats.  No. 47, Apr. 1970.  By aRadio Comics, Inc. 
CLNA: acArchie Comic Publications, Inc. (PCW) 
          DREG: 28Dec98 
ODAT: 27Jan70 

TITL: Josie and the Pussycats.  No. 48, June 1970.  By aRadio Comics, Inc. 
CLNA: acArchie Comic Publications, Inc. (PCW) 
          DREG: 28Dec98 
ODAT: 31Mar70 

TITL: Josie and the Pussycats.  No. 49, Aug. 1970.  By aRadio Comics, Inc. 
CLNA: acArchie Comic Publications, Inc. (PCW) 
          DREG: 28Dec98 
ODAT: 26May70 

TITL: Josie and the Pussycats.  No. 50, Sept. 1970.  By aRadio Comics, 
     Inc. 
CLNA: acArchie Comic Publications, Inc. (PCW) 
          DREG: 28Dec98 
ODAT: 30Jun70 

TITL: Josie and the Pussycats.  No. 51, Oct. 1970.  By aRadio Comics, Inc. 
CLNA: acArchie Comic Publications, Inc. (PCW) 
          DREG: 28Dec98 
ODAT: 4Aug70 

TITL: Josie and the Pussycats.  No. 52, Dec. 1970.  By aRadio Comics, Inc. 
CLNA: acArchie Comic Publications, Inc. (PCW) 
          DREG: 28Dec98 
ODAT: 29Sep70 

TITL: Josie and the Pussycats.  No. 53, Feb. 1971.  By aRadio Comics, Inc. 
CLNA: acArchie Comic Publications, Inc. (PCW) 
          DREG: 28Dec98 
ODAT: 24Nov70 

TITL: The Nemo's a no no affair.  No. 51-1. 
SEST: Josie and the pussycats, JP-1 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. (PWH) 
          DREG: 6Nov98 
ODAT: 12Sep70; 
OREG: PA 352-155. 
OCLS: L 
LINM: NM: entire work except main title theme. 

TITL: Josie and the Pussy Cats : no. JP-9, Plateau of the apes plot / a 
     Hanna-Barbera production ; produced and directed by William  Hanna and 
     Joseph  Barbera ; co-producer, Alex  Lovy. 
PHYS: 1 film reel (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm. 
NOTE: Animation. 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., & Radio Comics, Inc. 
DCRE: 1970           DPUB: 7Nov70           DREG: 19Jun87 
APAU: entire work except main title theme: Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., 
     employer for hire. 

TITL: Strangemoon over Miami.  No. 51-11. 
SEST: Josie and the pussycats, JP-10 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. (PWH) 
          DREG: 6Nov98 
ODAT: 14Nov70; 
OREG: PA 353-156. 
OCLS: L 
LINM: NM: entire work except main theme title. 

TITL: All Wong in Hong Kong.  No. 51-10. 
SEST: Josie and the pussycats, JP-11 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. (PWH) 
          DREG: 6Nov98 
ODAT: 21Nov70; 
OREG: PA 353-155. 
OCLS: L 
LINM: NM: entire work except main title theme.

TITL: The great pussycat chase.  No. 51-12. 
SEST: Josie and the pussycats, JP-13 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. (PWH) 
          DREG: 6Nov98 
ODAT: 5Dec70; 
OREG: PA 353-153. 
OCLS: L 
LINM: NM: entire work except main title theme. 

TITL: Melody memory mix-up.  No. 51-13. 
SEST: Josie and the pussycats, JP-12 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. (PWH) 
          DREG: 6Nov98 
ODAT: 28Nov70; 
OREG: PA 353-154. 
OCLS: L 
LINM: NM: entire work except main title theme. 

TITL: Spy school spoof.  No. 51-14. 
SEST: Josie and the pussycats, JP-14 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. (PWH) 
          DREG: 6Nov98 
ODAT: 12Dec70; 
OREG: PA 353-152. 
OCLS: L 
LINM: NM: entire work except main title theme. 

TITL: Josie and the Pussy Cats in outer space : [no.] JPO-1, Where's 
     Josie? / a Hanna-Barbera production ; produced and directed by Joseph 
      Barbera and William  Hanna. 
PHYS: 1 film reel (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm. 
NOTE: Animation. 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. 
DCRE: 1972           DPUB: 9Sep72           DREG: 20Jul87 
APAU: entire work except main title theme: Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., 
     employer for hire. 

TITL: Josie and the Pussy Cats in outer space : [no.] JPO-2, Make way for 
     the multi-men / a Hanna-Barbera production ; produced and directed by 
     Joseph  Barbera and William  Hanna. 
PHYS: 1 film reel (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm. 
NOTE: Animated. 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. 
DCRE: 1972           DPUB: 16Sep72           DREG: 20Jul87 
APAU: entire work except main title theme: Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., 
     employer for hire. 

TITL: Josie and the Pussy Cats in outer space : [no.] JPO-3, The Sleeping 
     planet / a Hanna-Barbera production ; produced and directed by Joseph 
      Barbera and William  Hanna. 
PHYS: 1 film reel (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm. 
NOTE: Animated. 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Radio Comics, Inc. 
DCRE: 1972           DPUB: 23Sep72           DREG: 20Jul87 
APAU: entire work except main title theme: Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., 
     employer for hire. 

TITL: Josie and the Pussy Cats in outer space : [no.] JPO-4, Alien Alan / 
     a Hanna-Barbera production ; produced and directed by Joseph  Barbera 
     and William  Hanna. 
PHYS: 1 film reel (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm. 
NOTE: Animated. 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Radio Comics, Inc. 
DCRE: 1972           DPUB: 30Sep72           DREG: 20Jul87 
APAU: entire work except main title theme: Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., 
     employer for hire. 

TITL: Josie and the Pussy Cats in outer space : [no.] JPO-5, The Water 
     planet / a Hanna-Barbera production ; produced and directed by Joseph 
      Barbera and William  Hanna. 
PHYS: 1 film reel (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm. 
NOTE: Animated. 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Radio Comics, Inc. 
DCRE: 1972           DPUB: 7Oct72           DREG: 20Jul87 
APAU: entire work except main title theme: Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., 
     employer for hire.

TITL: Josie and the Pussy Cats in outer space : [no.] JPO-6, The Sun 
     haters / a Hanna-Barbera production ; produced and directed by Joseph 
      Barbera and William  Hanna. 
PHYS: 1 film reel (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm. 
NOTE: Animated. 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Radio Comics, Inc. 
DCRE: 1972           DPUB: 14Oct72           DREG: 20Jul87 
APAU: entire work except main title theme: Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., 
     employer for hire. 

TITL: Josie and the Pussy Cats in outer space : [no.] JPO-7, The Mini-man 
     menace / a Hanna-Barbera production ; produced and directed by Joseph 
      Barbera and William  Hanna. 
PHYS: 1 film reel (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm. 
NOTE: Animated. 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Radio Comics, Inc. 
DCRE: 1972           DPUB: 21Oct72           DREG: 20Jul87 
APAU: entire work except main title theme: Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., 
     employer for hire. 

TITL: Josie and the Pussy Cats in outer space : [no.] JPO-8, The Space 
     pirates / a Hanna-Barbera production ; produced and directed by Joseph 
      Barbera and William  Hanna. 
PHYS: 1 film reel (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm. 
NOTE: Animated. 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Radio Comics, Inc. 
DCRE: 1972           DPUB: 28Oct72           DREG: 20Jul87 
APAU: entire work except main title theme: Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., 
     employer for hire.

TITL: Josie and the Pussy Cats in outer space : [no.] JPO-9, Anything you 
     can zoo / a Hanna-Barbera production ; produced and directed by Joseph 
      Barbera and William  Hanna. 
PHYS: 1 film reel (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm. 
NOTE: Animated. 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Radio Comics, Inc. 
DCRE: 1972           DPUB: 4Nov72           DREG: 20Jul87 
APAU: entire work except main title theme: Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., 
     employer for hire. 

TITL: Josie and the Pussy Cats in outer space : [no.] JPO-10, Now you see 
     them, now you don't / a Hanna-Barbera production ; produced and 
     directed by Joseph  Barbera and William  Hanna. 
PHYS: 1 film reel (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm. 
NOTE: Animated. 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Radio Comics, Inc. 
DCRE: 1972           DPUB: 11Nov72           DREG: 20Jul87 
APAU: entire work except main title theme: Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., 
     employer for hire. 

TITL: Josie and the Pussy Cats in outer space : [no.] JPO-11, The 
     Four-eyed dragon of Cygnon / a Hanna-Barbera production ; produced and 
     directed by Joseph  Barbera and William  Hanna. 
PHYS: 1 film reel (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm. 
NOTE: Animated. 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Radio Comics, Inc. 
DCRE: 1972           DPUB: 18Nov72           DREG: 20Jul87 
APAU: entire work except main title theme: Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., 
     employer for hire. 

TITL: Josey and the Pussy Cats in outer space : [no.] JPO-12, The Forward 
     backward people of Xarock / a Hanna-Barbera production ; produced and 
     directed by Joseph  Barbera and William  Hanna. 
PHYS: 1 film reel (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm. 
NOTE: Animated. 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Radio Comics, Inc. 
DCRE: 1972           DPUB: 25Nov72           DREG: 20Jul87 
APTI: Josie and the Pussy Cats in outer space, [no.] JPO-12. 
APAU: entire work except main title theme: Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., 
     employer for hire. 

TITL: Josie and the Pussy Cats in outer space : [no.] JPO-13, The Hollow 
     planet / a Hanna-Barbera production ; produced and directed by Joseph 
      Barbera and William  Hanna. 
PHYS: 1 film reel (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm. 
NOTE: Animated. 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Radio Comics, Inc. 
DCRE: 1972           DPUB: 2Dec72           DREG: 20Jul87 
APAU: entire work except main title theme: Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., 
     employer for hire. 

TITL: Josie and the Pussy Cats in outer space : [no.] JPO-14, All hail 
     Goddess Melody / a Hanna-Barbera production ; produced and directed by 
     Joseph  Barbera and William  Hanna. 
PHYS: 1 film reel (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm. 
NOTE: Animated. 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Radio Comics, Inc. 
DCRE: 1972           DPUB: 9Dec72           DREG: 20Jul87 
APAU: entire work except main title theme: Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., 
     employer for hire. 

TITL: Josie and the Pussy Cats in outer space : [no.] JPO-15, Outer space 
     ark / a Hanna-Barbera production ; produced and directed by Joseph 
      Barbera and William  Hanna. 
PHYS: 1 film reel (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm. 
NOTE: Animated. 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Radio Comics, Inc. 
DCRE: 1972           DPUB: 16Dec72           DREG: 20Jul87 
APAU: entire work except main title theme: Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., 
     employer for hire. 

TITL: Josie and the Pussy Cats in outer space : [no.] JPO-16, Warrior 
     women of Amazonia / a Hanna-Barbera production ; produced and directed 
     by Joseph  Barbera and William  Hanna. 
PHYS: 1 film reel (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm. 
NOTE: Animated. 
CLNA: acHanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Radio Comics, Inc. 
DCRE: 1972           DPUB: 30Dec72           DREG: 20Jul87 
APAU: entire work except main title theme: Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., 
     employer for hire. 


From : "Webmaster (Rhino) Reply-To : "Mr Hand (RHINO) Subject : Rhino Handmade Early Warning 31 Date : Fri, 6 Apr 2001 17:23:02 -0400 (EDT) Greetings Earthling! It has been a uniquely hectic week at The Institute. So, it is with great glee that I am pleased to be able to tell you about our first release from the fabled Archives of Hanna-Barbera. +++++ PRE-ORDER DATE: Monday 9 April 2001 at Noon Pacific Daylight Savings Time [1900 UTC] ARTIST: JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS TITLE: The Capitol Recordings INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED LIMITED EDITION: 5,000 (five thousand copies) First there was the Archie comic book. Then there was the animated series from Hanna-Barbera Then there was the album and singles from Capitol Records which featured the singers who performed the songs in the animated series. This is a single disc collection of all of the Capitol JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCAT masters. It comes with a 20-page booklet that tells the story of the band and features quite a bit of really cool Hanna-Barbera artwork and ephemera. PLEASE NOTE: Rhino Records, Our Corporate Benefactor, Will Be Releasing A Modified Version Of This JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS Album For Traditional Retail Sale In Late Summer 2001. This Modified Retail Version Will Have A Different Package And A Different Title, Will Have Fewer Tracks, Will Have A Booklet With Fewer Pages And Will, Of Course, Not Be Individually Numbered. Please Keep This In Mind As You Contemplate Your Order Of This From Rhino Handmade. Thank You. RHINO HANDMADE WEBPAGE LINK FOR COMPLETE DETAILS: The complete track listing for JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS 'The Capitol Recordings' and sound samples for every track will be available on the Rhino Handmade Website this coming Monday at: http://www.rhinohandmade.com/RHIP/7783/index.html PLEASE NOTE: This webpage will not be active until Monday 9 April 2001 at Noon Pacific Daylight Savings Time [1900 UTC] Netizens may always find helpful Questions And Answers about how Rhino Handmade works on the Rhino Handmade Frequently Asked Questions Page at: http://www.rhinohandmade.com/FAQ.html We have no secrets. Well, ahhh, at least, not very many. +++++

New York Times
23 December 2001
By Eric Nash

Dan DeCarlo, a top cartoonist for Archie Comics for more than 40 years and a creator of the characters Josie and the Pussycats and Sabrina the teenage witch, died on Tuesday in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 82, and lived in Scarsdale, N.Y.

The cause was pneumonia, said his wife, Josie.

Mr. DeCarlo defined the look of the prototypical American teenagers Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and their friends at Riverdale High after taking over as chief artist at the comic book company in 1975, when the characters' creator, Bob Montana, died. Archie made his first appearance as a gap-toothed, bow-tie-clad teenager in loud checked trousers in Pep Comics in 1941.

The Archie cast was a combination of real people Mr. Montana remembered from his high school years in Haverhill, Mass., and the idealized small-town America of the Andy Hardy movies. Mr. DeCarlo brought his own distinctive, clean-lined cartoon style, which was soon adopted as the house style for the characters, especially the leggy females with wide eyes and snub noses.

Mr. DeCarlo was renowned for his curvaceous depiction of the female form, so-called ''good girl'' art, which had its origins in the pinup style of World War II. ''He was always interested in drawing shapely girls,'' Mrs. DeCarlo said.

In 1946 he worked for Timely Comics (later Marvel Comics) on cheesecake titles like ''Millie the Model'' and ''My Friend Irma,'' and free-lanced for The Saturday Evening Post, Argosy and Humorama.

''It was the time of Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield, so he was drawing that voluptuous type of woman,'' Mrs. DeCarlo said. ''When he went to Archie, he was drawing teenagers, so he changed his style a bit,'' she said. ''But he always had curve.''

Mr. DeCarlo gave the blond Betty Cooper her distinctive ponytail and kept up with what teenagers were wearing, from miniskirts and Nehru jackets in the 1960's to baby T-shirts and cargo pants in the 90's.

Mr. DeCarlo was born in New Rochelle and attended New Rochelle High School and the Art Students League for three years before he was drafted into the Army in 1941; he worked as a draftsman and had a sideline, painting company mascots on the noses of airplanes.

He met his wife, Josie Dumont, a French citizen, in Belgium shortly after the Battle of the Bulge. His French was minimal. ''We communicated with drawing,'' Mrs. DeCarlo said. ''He would draw things for me to make me understand what he had in mind. He was really so amusing. Instead of just using words he would use cartoons to express himself. Right away we knew that we were meant for each other.''

The ever-stylish Josie DeCarlo was the inspiration for the leader of the Pussycats. ''We went on a Caribbean cruise, and I had a costume for the cruise, and that's the way it started,'' Mrs. DeCarlo said about her cat suit, immortalized by the animated cartoon's bubble-gum theme song, ''Josie and the Pussycats/ Long tails and ears for hats.''

''The hairdo came after,'' Mrs. DeCarlo said. ''One day I came in with a new hairdo with a little bow in my hair, and he said, 'That's it!' ''

The exact circumstances of Josie's creation became the subject of a lawsuit involving Mr. DeCarlo and Archie Comics shortly before the cartoon was made into a feature film this year. Mr. DeCarlo said that he created the character on his own in the late 1950's and tried to sell it as a syndicated comic strip called ''Here's Josie.'' At least one syndicate turned him down, he said. ''You know, I threw that letter away,'' he once said. ''If I still had that letter, there wouldn't have been any case. I would have been a shoo-in.''

The position of Archie Comics was that Mr. DeCarlo created the character for them as ''work for hire,'' so the rights belonged to the company. The fallout was rancorous even by the standards of such suits over intellectual property rights: Archie fired Mr. DeCarlo in May 2000 after 43 years of work.

''They could have worked it out,'' Mrs. DeCarlo said. ''My husband was not asking for millions of dollars. They paid him well, but Dan felt that it was not enough. He was looking for them to realize that he was getting on in years and that he deserved to get something back.''

He was listed as a creator in the end credits of ''Josie and the Pussycats,'' which did poorly at the box office. He did receive a bonus and credit as co-creator of Sabrina the teenage witch, which became a popular live-action television show.

The couple's twin sons, Dan Jr. and Jim, both deceased, also worked on their father's comics as inkers.

Mr. DeCarlo is survived by his wife, Josie, and two grandchildren.

Despite his falling out with the company, he loved Archie and his pals. ''Those characters that he drew for Archie were always the subject for our conversation at the dinner table,'' Mrs. DeCarlo said. ''We always wanted to know, what are they going to do tomorrow, what are you drawing, how are they going to dress? Everybody would voice his opinion. They were like part of our family.''


JOSIE & The PUSSYCATS
4 Page Article
in Cool & Strange Music
Issue #28, March 2003

Over three decades before Hollywood got its hands on them, Josie and the Pussycats were rocking the halls of Midvale High in Archie Comics. When Archie and his gang invaded Saturday morning TV in the late '60s and became bubblegum sensations with the runaway hit "Sugar, Sugar," it wasn't long before Josie and company followed.

The catchy songs were crafted by a team of seasoned studio vets, and gave the world their first taste of future Charlie's Angels star Cheryl Ladd. Join Stuffed Animal (Don Charles) as he digs up a behind-the-scenes peek at the overlooked music of the cartoon trio.


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