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The death of Archie Andrews

Published: April 8, 2014, 8:14 am, by Bill Radford

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The Archie Comics series titled “Life With Archie” will, ironically, feature the DEATH of Archie.

“Life With Archie” follows Riverdale’s favorite redhead as a grownup, following two possible futures: one with Archie married to Veronica, the other featuring Archie with Betty. Either way, his fate is clear: “Future Archie” is killed off in issue No. 36 in July. He goes out a hero, sacrificing himself to save the life of a friend.

“We’ve been building up to this moment since we launched ‘Life With Archie’ five years ago, and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment,” said Archie Comics publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater.

Archie Comics has done some interesting things in recent years, including taking Archie and the gang into zombie territory with “Afterlife With Archie.” Here’s the announcement on Archie’s death:

New York, NY (April 8) – Archie Comics, the acclaimed and bestselling
comic book publisher that is home to some of the best-known pop culture
creations in the world, including Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, Josie
& The Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the hit AFTERLIFE WITH
ARCHIE series, announced the unthinkable today: Legendary comic book character
Archie Andrews will die to conclude the hit LIFE WITH ARCHIE comic series.

 The iconic comic book character, beloved by millions around the globe for over
70 years, will sacrifice himself heroically while saving the life of a friend
in the pages of July’s LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36, the final issue in the
flash-forward series, which spotlights Archie’s adventures after high school
and college.

“We’ve been building up to
this moment since we launched LIFE WITH ARCHIE five years ago, and knew that
any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also
show his final moment,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “Archie
has and always will represent the best in all of us—he’s a hero, good-hearted,
humble and inherently honorable. This story is going to inspire a wide range of
reactions because we all feel so close to Archie. Fans will laugh, cry, jump
off the edge of their seats and hopefully understand why this comic will go
down as one of the most important moments in Archie’s entire history. It’s the
biggest story we’ve ever done, and we’re supremely proud of it.”

 The story will be available in multiple formats, including an extra-large
magazine-size LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36, two comic-sized issues—LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36
and #37—and a trade paperback collecting the entire story, written by regular
LIFE WITH ARCHIE writer Paul Kupperberg, with art by Pat & Tim Kennedy and
Fernando Ruiz.

 While LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36 shows readers Archie’s final moments, #37 leaps a
year into the future, showcasing how the remaining members of the Riverdale
gang—including Jughead, Betty & Veronica and Reggie—have honored the legacy
of their dear friend. Both stories will be collected in the double-sized LIFE
WITH ARCHIE #36 magazine and upcoming trade paperback.

 In addition to the acclaimed regular LIFE WITH ARCHIE creative team, the two
comic book issues—sold exclusively at comic shops in July—will feature a
pantheon of artistic luminaries contributing covers to the historic issue,
including Francesco Francavilla, Fiona Staples, Ramon Perez, Walt Simonson,
Jill Thompson, Mike Allred, Cliff Chiang, Adam Hughes, Tommy Lee Edwards and
Alex Ross.