Dan DeCarlo Tribute
Back in 1961, cartoonist Dan DeCarlo created a newspaper strip called Josie. Unsuccessful at selling into that crowded market, it was picked up by Archie Comics , and the feature evolved into Josie and the Pussycats. Dan based the lead character on his wife, Josie as sort of a different look at the Archie environment. He also created Sabrina The Teen-Age Witch and, with Stan Lee, Willie Lumpkin.
One thing led to another, and in 1970 Josie and the Pussycats was picked up by CBS as a Saturday morning teevee show on CBS. Dan received nada. He died in 2001.
On September 18, Warner Home Video will release Josie and the Pussycats: The Complete Series. Whereas we will probably never know if Dan’s estate receives a fair cut – the courts have ruled the estate is not legally entitled – at the very least the box set includes a documentary discussing Dan’s work on the feature.