Josie, Melody, and Valerie are cheetah-print garbed girls who have frequent gigs and amicable (mostly *ahem* Alex Cabot boy friends). in 1969, the Pussycats began to be featured in certain digests. And now, when I read an Archie comic and see the familiar cheetah-print bordered pages, I know there's a good Josie story coming up.
Now, here's the connection.
Betty is a blonde, middle-class girl in love with Archie (a middle-class redhead boy), but he would rather be around rich, brunette Veronica.
Alan M. is a blonde middle-class boy in love with Josie (a middle-class redhead girl), and she likes him too, although Alex, the rich brunette boy, pursues her--- and schemes, trying to make her like him.
So there it is. Slightly different stories, I admit. But YOU must admit that there is some connection there.
Blondes, Brunettes, and Redheads...twice. Too much of a coincidence.
Read on, Archie Fans