Katy Keene, a character created by Bill Woggon, has appeared in several comic book series published by Archie Comics since 1945. She is a model / actress / singer marketed by the publisher as "America's Queen of Pin-Ups and Fashions". The character was ranked 57th in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.
Readers were encouraged to submit original drawings of outfits and accessories for her and her friends to wear, as well as designs for automobiles, homes, interiors, rocket ships, trailers and boats. These designs were used in the comics with credit given to published submissions. Many issues featured paper dolls of Katy in various costumes.
Katy Keene was introduced in Wilbur Comics #5 in the summer of 1945, and appeared in subsequent issues of Wilbur and various anthology comic series in the 1940s including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica and Ginger, eventually receiving her own title in 1949 which ran for 12 years. Specials such as Katy Keene Pin Up Parade and Katy Keene Fashion Book Magazine, Annuals and specials including Katy Keene Spectacular (1956), "Glamour" (1957) and Charm (1958), continued through the 1950s, but the character was not seen for about 20 years after the early 1960s.
Archie re-reintroduced Katy, now a high school student and aspiring model, in its 2005 Free Comic Book Day issue. She then appeared in Archie & Friends Comics #101–#110. These ten stories were then compiled in a trade paperback, Katy Keene Model Behavior, in 2008.
Katy Keene (CW 2019 TV Series)
Katy Keene is an upcoming American musical comedy-drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi, based on the Archie Comics character of the same name. It chronicles the origins and struggles of four aspiring artists trying to make it on Broadway, on the runway and in the recording studio; and is a spin-off of Riverdale. The series is produced by Berlanti Productions, in association with Archie Comics, Warner Bros. Television, and CBS Television Studios.
Lucy Hale stars as Katy Keene, an aspiring fashion designer trying to navigate her way in New York City. Ashleigh Murray, Camille Hyde, Jonny Beauchamp, Julia Chan, Lucien Laviscount, Zane Holtz, and Katherine LaNasa also star. In January 2019, the series received a pilot order from The CW, to be considered for a series order in the 2019–20 television season. The series is filmed in New York City. The show was picked up to series in May 2019.
- Lucy Hale as Katy Keene: An aspiring fashion designer trying to navigate her way in New York City.
- Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy: A singer-songwriter chasing her music dreams in the Big Apple. This character was first introduced in Riverdale, except in this series she is of adult age.
- Jonny Beauchamp as Jorge / Ginger Lopez: An aspiring Broadway performer who wants to take his career to the next level.
- Julia Chan as Pepper Smith: An it girl with a mysterious background who wants to own the next fashion-empire.
- Camille Hyde as Alexandra Cabot: A powerful New York socialite who is trying to work her way up her father's company.
- Lucien Laviscount as Alexander Cabot: The CEO of his father's company who dreams of reopening a dead record label.
- Zane Holtz as Ko Kelly: A boxer and Katy's longtime boyfriend who dreams of fighting a welterweight championship in Madison Square Garden and makes ends meet as a personal trainer and bouncer.
- Katherine LaNasa as Gloria Grandbilt: A personal shopper at the luxury department store Lacy's, which caters to the rich and famous.
Katy Keene (2020 TV Series)
The series follows the professional and romantic lives of four Archie Comics characters, including fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene and singer-songwriter Josie McCoy, as they chase their dreams in New York City. The series will infuse music into the plotlines and follow the origins, trials, and tribulations of four struggling artists who are desperate to make it in the spotlight.
Katy Keene Episode 1:
"Chapter One: Once Upon a Time in New York"
February 6, 2020
Living in New York with her boyfriend KO Kelly and her roommate, drag performer Jorge Lopez, Katy Keene works to achieve her dream job: personal shopper to her boss at Lacy's department store, Gloria Grandbilt. Although Katy is more than qualified, Gloria chooses another girl, Amanda, over her, in part because of her envy towards Katy's talent as a designer, and reassigns her to work as a stock girl when she complains. Jorge, tired of being repeatedly passed over for Broadway roles because of his lack of "masculinity", auditions as Ginger, his drag persona. When he is rejected again, he vows to make it on his own by any means. Katy's friend Josie moves to New York, where she is recruited by Alexander Cabot to be the first singer signed to his new label. However, her song is rejected, and Alex's spiteful sister Alexandra reveals her brother's womanizing ways; heartbroken, Josie quits the label. Katy's friend Francois hires her to work for him, but only until she is ready to open her own store. When she informs KO, he surprises her by proposing marriage.
#2: "Chapter Two: You Can't Hurry Love"
February 13, 2020
With Katy's personal life in a holding pattern, which everyone seems to know about thanks to the newspapers picking up Pepper's blog, she cannot seem to escape even at work. Josie finds a job to help pay the bills but picks up an extra job at a record store, and quickly learns it might be closing, leaving Josie with an idea to help keep it open. Because of Jorge's outburst at his last audition, he finds himself blacklisted from the Broadway community. After begging for one last audition and waiting to hear if he landed the part, he must decide if he wants to give up performing as Ginger. Meanwhile, Pepper finds herself low on cash, but is somehow able to secure a warehouse in which she dreams to open up The Pepper Plant, her own version of Andy Warhol's The Factory.
#3: "Chapter Three: What Becomes of the Broken Hearted"
February 20, 2020
With everything a little off between Katy and KO, Katy tries to make everything perfect for Valentine's Day, so she can avoid what she is truly feeling including lying to him about Gloria making her work. KO tries to do something nice for the roommates, but only seems to make things worse. Josie and Alexander have been growing closer, but after she meets another aspiring songwriter, Josie realizes it is time to change up their dynamic. Jorge has been in a secret romantic relationship, but after he does not show up to his performance at Molly's Crisis, Jorge realizes what he needs to do. Meanwhile, Pepper turns to an old friend, Ms. Freesia, to help her get some quick cash, but is not proud of how she is doing it.
#4: "Chapter Four: Here Comes the Sun"
February 27, 2020
Katy decides to put all her energy into work to avoid her personal life, but she finds herself in hot water again at work. Determined to fix things, she enlists Pepper's help to track down the designer that is key to saving her job. Meanwhile, Jorge questions his new relationship and Josie stands up to Alexander and Xandra, which gives her the upper hand.
#5: "Chapter Five: Song for a Winter's Night"
March 5, 2020
With Katy trying to get into fashion school, she knows she needs a recommendation letter, so she turns to Gloria who puts her to the test in making her the ultimate dress in exchange, putting the pressure on Katy. Forced to stay inside because of the polar vortex, tensions grow high when Josie and Pepper get into a fight and Jorge accidentally breaks Katy's mother's sewing machine. Meanwhile, Josie is torn about the deal Alexander's dad made her, especially after what Alexander shows her.
#6: "Chapter Six: Mama Said"
March 12, 2020
As Katy tries to move on from KO, she once again throws herself into her work, which turns out to be a sticky situation with her clients. Pepper is confronted about what she is up to but is surprised about the proposal she receives instead. Jorge learns he might be losing his coveted performance spot at Molly's Crisis to the winner of a drag queen pageant, so Jorge decides to enter Ginger and is surprised by his mother's reaction. Meanwhile, Josie is nervous about her mother coming to town to hear her EP release and meeting Alexander.
#7: "Chapter Seven: Kiss of the Spider Woman"
March 19, 2020
Katy has been asked by Patricia to design her wedding dress, making her uncomfortable after sleeping with Errol, who tells her he will cancel the wedding if she wants to be with him. Gloria is also pressuring her to create the dress. Jorge is being couched by Francoise as his "drag godmother" and expresses his wishes to perform Kiss of the Spiderwoman as a solo performer. Pepper manages to prepare a show at The Pepper Plant and gain investors, but no one shows interest. Pepper asks Xandra and Alex to be investors, but Alex only agrees if Josie gets to perform the title role. Katy asks Guy LaMontagne for help and tells Patricia she should wear one of his dresses, making her less guilty for what happened, and Patricia accepts as she loves the dress. Josie and Jorge perform together as spiderwoman, making him feel free as his father finally learns the truth about him, even though he is not totally supportive of him being a drag queen. As Jorge and Bernardo walk together after the show, they are surrounded by four homophobic men.
#8: "Chapter Eight: It's Alright, Ma
(I'm Only Bleeding)" - March 26, 2020
With everyone reeling from the attack to Jorge, he must now explain to his father about Ginger. Katy is vying for an important apprenticeship with Guy, but in order to earn it, she is given an impossible task that involves dealing with Xandra. The group all wants to celebrate Pepper's birthday like in years past, but this year she does something a little different. However, a surprise visit by Ms. Freesia threatens to expose Pepper's secrets. Meanwhile, Josie is eager to publicly release her music, so she shoots a music video behind Alexander's back.
#9: "Chapter Nine: Wishin' & a Hopin"
April 16, 2019
Katy struggles to find her place with her new position and loses her confidence and turns to Gloria who gives her good advice. Alex wants to put together The Pussycats again, but what his dad envisions and what Josie envisions for the group are two different things leaving Alex to make a tough choice. Jorge is happy that he is able to bring his current boyfriend and a budding friendship with an ex together, but things become a little messy. Meanwhile, Pepper is in an online feud that could ruin everything for her, and she is stunned when she learns who it is.
#10: "Chapter Ten: Gloria" - April 23, 2019
When an allegation against Gloria is made, Katy tries to get to the bottom of it, but instead might have discovered something about her mother. Josie and the new Pussycats have a falling out leaving Josie's close friend, Kevin Keller to remind her that she doesn't need to be that person anymore. Jorge offers Bernardo an interesting relationship proposition in order not to lose him, but it does not go as he hoped. Meanwhile, Pepper's past is starting to catch up with her and it could jeopardize more than just the Pepper Plant.
#11: "Chapter Eleven: Who Can I Turn To?"
April 30, 2019
#12: "Chapter Twelve: Chain of Fools"
May 7, 2019