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Josie Jones?

Soon I will be reviewing Archie & Friends #96 and Sabrina the Teenage Witch #72, the two latest comics to contain manga-style Josie and the Pussycats stories.  But first, I wanted to ask this question, brought up by the folks on the archieandfriends mailing list:  Why has Josie been renamed Josie Jones?  In the past, she's had two different last names: James and McCoy.  After Josie McCoy was used in the movie, I thought it would be permanent, but I would understand the return to the original Josie James too.  But Josie Jones?  Why?

P.S.: I'm asking here hoping taniadelrio will see it.  If she doesn't, I'll go to her journal and ask her there.

P.P.S: If you're interested, Valerie uses her original last name Smith in Archie & Friends #96 (it was Brown in the movie).  Melody's last name isn't mentioned, but it was originally Jones, and Valentine in the movie.  I hope they go with Melody Valentine -- I love that name!


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Dec. 28th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
Wow, I didn't even notice that until now. I went back through my original script for Archie and Friends #96 and I actually had the characters named as Josie McCoy and Valerie Brown. I then looked back at the actual Archie and Friends #96 and was surprised to see that the names did, indeed, change. I guess editorial made the decision to do that although I have no idea why.
But I, too, hope they keep the Melody Valentine name! That's perfect for her!
Dec. 29th, 2005 05:25 am (UTC)
Thank you for the response!

It may sound weird, but maybe ArchieCo doesn't have the legal right to use the movie names, because they (and anything else made up new for the movie) belong to Columbia. It's just a guess, but I do know that's the case with the Batman movies. DC Comics would like to use the name Jack Napier for the Joker, but they can't because it belongs to Warner Bros. (even though DC and Warners are part of the same mega-corporation!)

But if so, why did they use Josie Jones instead of Josie James? (rhetorical)
Dec. 28th, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
wow i haven't been up to date with josie & the gang. had no clue her last name is now jones :/
josie jones

& i loved how melody said her first & last name in the movie n.n it suits her so well! ♥
Dec. 29th, 2005 05:29 am (UTC)
I'd hate to loose Melody Valentine too. If it has to be changed, maybe they can come up with something else just as good. They can't go back to Melody Jones now that they have given Jones to Josie...
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