I'm not a fan of the Archie line of comics. While I find the Golden Age books interesting that is mainly for the historical value. Like many comic books of the time the early Archie books were blatantly full of subtext, double entendre and Good Girl art all while pretending to be a wholesome product for the kids as an alternative to the more obvious lurid fare on the market.
One example of how that faux-salubriousness of the Archie line was perpetuated through the years is revealed in this ad where Josie and her friends are at a wholesome, chaperoned and safe (physically and spiritually, no doubt) Co-Ed Skateboard Club.
In this Hostess advertisement from Archie's Madhouse #107 (1977) the catty Josie and her Unnamed Black Friend realize that the way to attract a man is not through being equal to their male counterparts, wearing pants or through hard work and skill but by manipulation and acting "like a girl". Melody, the "stupid blond" character who acts helpless and girly, manages to flash her underwear to the reader three times in seven panels, stealing all the meat puppets from the other ladies. Josie can't stand being the Mayor of Loserville so she resorts to trickery and manipulation to get attention.
Josie is a good example however, of how the popularized version from other media, the cartoon, changed how she was portrayed in most instances in her book appearances from then on. So as to match her cartoon version, Josie received a character upgrade for the better. No longer written as a zany force of nature modeled on the Lois Lane School of Writing Women in Comics template, she became far less wacky, a successful professional and a leader.
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