JOSIE

Real Name: Josie (last name unrevealed)

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Bar and grill owner

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Turk Barrett, Damage Control (Anne Marie Hoag, John Porter, others), Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Decker, Kat Farrell, Grotto, "Sweet Pea" Henderson, Lark Logan, Battlin' Jack Murdock, Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, Joseph "Wall-Eyed" Pike, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Stymie

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Josie's Bar (see comments) in Hell's Kitchen, New York City, New York

First Appearance: Daredevil I#160 (September, 1979)

Powers/Abilities: Josie is a tough as nails bar owner, who was willing to use a shotgun if necessary. These days she is a bit heavyset.

Height: 5'5" (by approximation)
Weight: 160 lbs. (by approximation, variable)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: White (variable; brown at a younger age)

History:
(Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock#1 (fb) - BTS) - Josie opened Café Josie, selling food and drinks, and letting locals keep tabs. One of her regular customers was Jack Murdock, a boxer who'd had a breakup with a woman named Maggie recently.

(Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock#1) - Jack visited the café and Josie asked about Maggie, then Jack yelled at her before apologizing. He promised to settle his tab soon.

(Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock#2) - A few years later, Jack, who was raising his son Matt (born and abandoned by Maggie), visited Josie's Bar and she was happy to see him, but he rushed out before finishing his drink. Days later, Jack returned and said he was giving up alcohol, then Josie asked if that meant Jack wouldn't be an enforcer for the Fixer anymore. Just then, the new enforcer killed a man in the streets.

(Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock#3 (fb) - BTS) - Over the years, Josie spent more time with Jack, and she grew fond of Matt, who'd gone blind in an accident. Josie showed up to all of Jack's fights.

(Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock#3) - Josie cheered for Jack as he defeated "Sweet Pea" Henderson. After the fight, she invited him upstairs, but he said he couldn't, that even though he was with other women, he was too fond of her. Getting word that Jack was getting a big fight at Madison Square Garden, Josie told Jack she was betting a year's worth of tips on him, but Jack said he wasn't going to win that fight.

(Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock#4 (fb) - BTS) - Jack encouraged Josie to put her money on his opponent, Crusher Creel, instead, but when she went to put the money down, she put it all on Jack.

(Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock#4) - Jack was upset with Josie for not listening, telling her he was going to throw the fight, but she believed in him anyway. They kissed, and Jack sought to remove the cross around his neck before they had sex, but Josie told him to keep it on as they were doing nothing wrong. Jack won the fight and Josie hugged him, thrilled that she'd made so much money, and she said she planned to invest it in a bar. Jack made her promise to leave town for a few weeks, then he was killed shortly after.

(Daredevil I#160) - Daredevil entered Josie's Bar, looking for information on Bullseye. He questioned Lark Logan. When Turk Barrett drew a gun, Josie grabbed her shotgun and tried to stop a fight from breaking out, but soon Daredevil was fighting thugs, including Decker. The fight resulted in the lights going out, broken windows, and broken furniture.

(Daredevil I#171 (fb) - BTS) - After Daredevil broke her front window in a barfight, Josie had to spend her own money to fix it.

(Daredevil I#171) - Josie was complaining to her customers about Daredevil when he showed up again, this time in civilian clothes, and he questioned Turk and Grotto, fighting all in the bar and breaking the front window again.

(Daredevil I#172) - Turk ordered drinks at Josie's, and she reminded him that he had a large unpaid tab, but he promised to pay up soon. When Daredevil came in, she asked him kindly to not break the window again, and he questioned Turk without breaking it this time.

(Daredevil I#600/2 (fb) ) - Foggy Nelson, of Murdock and Nelson, offered to provide pro bono legal help for Josie because her window kept getting broken by Daredevil.

(Daredevil I#176) - Stymie, Turk, and Grotto were playing cards when Daredevil burst in, wanting intel, and he was knocked down. Josie drew her gun and made the men take Daredevil outside.

(Daredevil I#187) - When Daredevil entered Josie's, she begged him not to break any furniture or her window. He questioned Joseph "Wall-Eyed" Pike, and Josie held her head in frustration as criminals attacked him.

(Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man I#71) - At Josie's Bar & Grill, Spider-Man attacked several criminals, seeking intel, and the window was nearly broken again. As Spidey left, Josie wondered if her business attracted the wrong clientele.

(Daredevil I#207) - Josie washed glasses as Daredevil entered, offering money to the criminals there for information on shady business practices.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#19/4) - Now running Josie's Joint, Josie was approached by John Porter, who was offering super hero insurance, and she initially turned him down, but a conflict between Daredevil and Turk ended up busting her window, so Josie reconsidered. As Josie heard Porter's ideas for making the place better, Turk set off a grenade that destroyed the joint. As Josie cried, Anne Marie Hoag of Damage Control arrived to offer her insurance as well, and they began cleaning up the place as they offered Porter a job working for them.

(Deadline#1) - Josie was tending bar when Kat Farrell came in to question Turk.

Comments: Created by Roger McKenzie (writer), Frank Miller (penciler) & Klaus Janson (inker).

Josie is not a well-established character. The only place she got some characterization was the Battlin' Jack Murdock series. I based her stats for this profile on those four appearances. Since then, she has appeared older and heavyset, sometimes blonde and sometimes white-haired, sometimes with tattoos and sometimes not. Josie was randomly an African-American woman in one of her appearances (see further below). We can likely assume this was an employee of hers also named Josie.

Josie's Bar has also been Josie's Bar & Grill, Josie's Café, and Josie's Joint. Let's just presume she is quite the entrepreneur, and that she enjoys catering to the toughest and roughest clientele in New York City. Josie's Bar has appeared much more frequently than Josie herself has.

In Marvel Graphic Novel#24: Daredevil: Love and War Josie appeared as a large black woman and served patrons as Daredevil entered. When multiple criminals drew guns, Josie yelled about her insurance problems, only wanting to keep the place peaceful and quiet.

It should probably be mentioned that Josie's Bar was bought by the American Policy Research Institute in Mighty Avengers II#7 (April, 2014). Josie's own fate is unknown.
--Markus Raymond

Profile by Chadman.









CLARIFICATIONS:
Josie should not be confused with:


Decker

(Daredevil I#160) - In Josie's Bar, when Daredevil questioned Lark Logan about Bullseye and Eric Slaughter, Turk Barrett and Decker were among the men who fought back against the hero, but Daredevil emerged triumphant.

--Daredevil I#160


Lark Logan

(Daredevil I#160) - Lark Logan was hanging out at Josie's Bar when Daredevil came in, offering money in exchange for information on Bullseye. Though initially reluctant, Lark gave him intel on a connection between Bullseye and Eric Slaughter, making Turk Barrett nervous. A fight broke out with Daredevil emerging triumphant.

--Daredevil I#160


images: (without ads)
Marvel Comics Presents I#19/4 (with white hair and tattoo)
Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock#1, p10, pan3 (face)
Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock#2, p8, pan2-3 (with Jack Murdock)
Daredevil I#160, p14, pan4 (Josie as redhead with shotgun)
Daredevil I#171, p5, pan2-4 (Josie as blonde)
Marvel Graphic Novel#24: Daredevil: Lova and War, p7 pan1 (Josie, large black woman)
Daredevil I#160, p13, pan6 (Lark Logan)
Daredevil I#160, p15, pan4 (Decker)


Appearances:
Daredevil I#160 (September, 1979) - Roger McKenzie (writer), Frank Miller (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Mary Jo Duffy, Al Milgrom (editors)
Daredevil I#171-172 (June-July, 1981) - Frank Miller (writer/penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Daredevil I#176 (November, 1981) - Frank Miller (writer/penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man I#71 (October, 1982) - Bill Mantlo, Tom DeFalco (writers), Rick Leonardi (penciler), Jim Mooney (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Daredevil I#187 (October, 1982) - Frank Miller (writer), Klaus Janson (artist), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Daredevil I#207 (June, 1984) - Denny O'Neil (writer), William Johnson (penciler), Danny Bulanadi, Mel Candido (inkers), Michael Higgins (editor)
Marvel Graphic Novel#24: Daredevil: Love and War (December, 1986) - Frank Miller (writer), Bill Sienkiewicz (artist), Allen Milgrom (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#19/4 (May, 1989) - Dwayne McDuffie (writer), Ernie Colon (penciler), Al Williamson (inker), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Deadline#1 (June, 2002) - Bill Rosemann (writer), Guy Davis (artist), Joe Quesada (editor)
Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock#1-4 (August-November, 2007) - Zeb Wells (writer), Carmine Di Giandomenico (writer/artist), Warren Simons (editor)


First Posted: 09/21/2019
Last updated: 09/21/2019

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