Josie and the Pussycats DVD PR Wrong About DeCarlo

TVShowsonDVD has the Josie & the Pussycats DVD press release. When I first mentioned this, I was looking forward to the Dan DeCarlo documentary.

However, some of the press release copy concerns me, because it’s a lie:

Josie and the Pussycats originally debuted on CBS’ Saturday morning lineup. The characters were first created by John Goldwater and Richard Goldwater for the Josie and the Pussycats comic book and were designed by Dan DeCarlo.

Dan DeCarlo created Josie (originally as a comic strip, before taking it to Archie) based on his wife. As he told it:

someone who comes in and says, “I want to do a girlie book,” and you come up with the book, you come up with all the characters and give them all the names, they still call themselves the creators. Because they feel that without them telling you to do this, you wouldn’t have had the characters that you have, you wouldn’t have the book that you have.

There’s nothing unusual about the owners of Archie Comics claiming the credit — they’ve done so in other cases — but it’s simply not true. So I have to wonder just how accurate the bonus features will be. Here’s the writeup:

Josie and the Pussycats: The Complete Series will include a bonus documentary focusing on Josie and the Pussycats designer, Dan DeCarlo. Titled: The Allure and Charm of Dan DeCarlo, the documentary tells the story of the comic book artist turned gag cartoonist and illustrator, who contributed to the creation of the legendary Archie comics as well as some of the most racy golden age pin up girl art to date. The ironies of this life and the beauty derived from tragedy are what defined Dan as a gentleman, artist, and father. The documentary explores the man’s life through the words of his biographer as well as colleagues from his professional life, including renowned comic book superhero creator Stan Lee.


7 Responses to “Josie and the Pussycats DVD PR Wrong About DeCarlo”

  1. Journalista - the news weblog of The Comics Journal » Blog Archive » July 2, 2007: Robber barons and the sucker population Says:

    [...] a shameful pattern on the part of Archie Comics, Johanna Draper Carlson spotlights a press release for the forthcoming DVD release of the Josie and the Pussycats movie [...]

  2. Thad Says:

    “some of the most racy golden age pin up girl art to date”

    “To date”? How would one go about producing new golden age pinup girl art?

  3. Brandon Says:

    Heh. I made a blog post the second I saw the PR as well.

    http://btouch.typepad.com/house_that_touch_built/2007/07/httpwwwtvshowso.html

    DeCarlo is referred to as the creator on the actual box art, so I’m hoping for the best (but expecting the worst) from the documentary on the DVD.

  4. IDW Includes Archie in Classic Library of American Comics Line » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] me — I know there’s a market for it, but will that audience, many of whom are aware of how badly the publisher treated the creator in his later years, be willing to buy a book of his work [...]

  5. Archie Exhibit Rewrites History; Did MoCCA Know? » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] Via today’s Journalista comes word that “The Art of Archie Comics” exhibit at New York’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) continues the company history of lying about who created their characters. [...]

  6. Ginger Evans Says:

    I was the basis for the original character of Pepper in Josie and the Pussycats. I grew up with Dan DeCarlo Jr, and his brother, ‘ Jimmy’. Dan and I were inseparable throughout high school and lifelong friends, his family became my family and my family, his family. I am still close to Josie, Dan Sr’s wife.

  7. Johanna Says:

    Wow, thanks for stopping by and sharing that!




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