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article imageArchie Comics announce Archie will die this July Special

By Nora Meszaros     Apr 9, 2014 in Entertainment
In what may come as a jaw-dropping shock to comic book fans worldwide, Archie Comics recently announced their decision to conclude the popular "Life With Archie" series by bidding farewell to protagonist Archie Andrews.
Life without Archie?
Issue 36 of the best-selling series, Life With Archie, will see the death of the beloved redhead and by Issue 37, only gang reactions from Jughead, Reggie, Veronica, and Betty in Riverdale will remain. In what Archie Comics called “a heroic sacrifice” by main character Archie Andrews, fans globally will see the conclusion of the comic book series, spotlighting on life after college, on its July 16 release.
Archie Comics publisher and co-chief executive officer Jon Goldwater said in a release that the story will inspire a wide range of reactions, being the biggest story in the comic’s history, just in time for its 75th anniversary. “[We] knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment,” Goldwater said.
Life With Archie #36 will feature an original story written by Paul Kupperberg and illustrated by Pat and Tim Kennedy, and Fernando Ruiz, Archie Comics revealed.
Ruiz, who appeared on a guest panel at FanExpo’s Comicon in Toronto, Ont. on March 8, 2014, made no indication of the surprise ending Archie held in store for readers. Dan Parent, who worked to co-create Riverdale’s first openly-gay character, Kevin Keller, was also at the event in March. He said during the panel that while Archie receives international attention, its largest fan base is in Canada.
Lifelong Archie Comics fan and Toronto Comicon attendee Jay Clayfield said killing off Archie in Issue 36 is a good move. “How often do you get a chance to kill Archie? It shows that nobody in the comics is safe,” he said in Kitchener, Ont. yesterday. “That adds a lot of gritty realism to it.”
Indeed, a sort of grungy tone has recently found its way into the Archie world, particularly with the release of the Afterlife With Archie series in October, 2013. Afterlife With Archie takes a whole new spin on Riverdale, with a zombie apocalypse and a special appearance by Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Its counter-Archie style “contrasts the usual world where everything is hunky-dorey in the end and there aren’t any lasting consequences,” Clayfield said of the afterlife series.
Contrasting styles and controversial topics addressed by Archie Comics over the past few years have only seen the comics withstand the ever-changing culture and society around it. The introduction of Kevin Keller in 2010 pushed past conventional norms when Kevin married his boyfriend and the comics still sold out despite a boycott call.
It’s about time Archie Comics moved away from the 1950s and into the beautiful, chaotic present. Archie World already includes zombie Jughead, same-sex marriage, a three-quarter-century old love triangle, and now a dead Archie. Only a matter of time until Archie-bots battle it out in space, right?
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