Josie McCoy is the leader of the band Josie and the Pussycats. She and her band have appeared in comics published in Archie Comics, as well as in two Hanna-Barbera animated series, Josie and The Pussycats and Josie and The Pussycats in Outer Space, and a live-action movie of the same name with Rachael Leigh Cook playing Josie. She was voiced by the late Janet Waldo. Recently Josie was played by Ashleigh Murray on the show Riverdale, until the character went to another show Katy Keane.
She is a young woman with short red hair styled in a short bob and adorned with a blue ribbon. She has black irises.
Her primary wardrobe is a blue long-sleeved loose shirt with white outlines on her collar, dark blue skirt and blue flats.
In the musical sequences, Josie wears a feline suit and she plays a guitar. Josie is of average intellect, compared to the genius Valerie and the ditzy Melody.
In Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, like both Valerie and Melody, Josie wears a golden yellow space suit with an orange sailor collar, matching orange gloves with a brown belt and the pussycat buckle in the center and brown boots. The color of her ribbon is now golden yellow to match her space suit.
She is level-headed and courageous.
Lead singer and guitarist for “Josie & the Pussycats,” Josie is a sweet girl who is actually sort of like a female Archie! She can be a little scatterbrained and goofy, but she always means well. She doesn’t always know exactly what she wants, but after achieving her goal of becoming a world-famous rock star before graduating high school, can you blame her? She is the driving force behind her group, and has been in an on-again, off-again relationship with The Pussycats’ roadie, Alan M., for a while now.Josie is a red headed girl who lives in riverdale with her friends and band members. She was created in 1958 by Dan DeCarlo. Her original name was Josie Jones, later changed to Josie McCoy, perhaps to distinguish her from Jughead Jones as the "Josie" characters began interacting more with the Archie gang. Josie is named after the famous French singer Josephine Baker.A snooty and ambitious teen. She’s the lead singer of Josie and the Pussycats and has no interest in recording any songs written by Archie.Josie, along with the other two members Valerie and Melody, spent their time practicing in the stock room at Power Records where they worked. One day, Josie came to rehearsal with a bag of cheap cat ears from the Halloween store. With her goals in sight, she plans on making it big; winning the Rockland County's Battle of the Bands the prior year was only the beginning.
- She is of Scottish descent.