Beloved comic character Archie Andrews will meet his fate as the "Life With Archie" comics that look at the character's future come to a close.
For more than 70 years, comic fans have enjoyed the adventures of lovable teenager Archie Andrews and his friends, Veronica, Jughead, Betty and Reggie. And teenage Archie will continue to live on in the original comic running since 1941.
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Set to be released July 16, “Life with Archie” #36 has Archie heroically dying as he saves a friend. The next issue, #37, due out a week later, will officially end the series of the last few years.
Jon Goldwater, son of Archie creator John Goldwater and CEO of Archie Comics told CNN that the upcoming “Life with Archie” issue
shows readers what Archie’s life would have been like as a college student and dealing with challenges as an adult.
“Each issue is normally split into two storylines — one telling a tale of Archie married to Veronica another with him ending up with Betty,” Goldwater said. “The final issue, however, will show readers Archie's final fate in both timelines — and they're the same.”
Goldwater said Archie dying is a natural conclusion to the series.
“Archie dies as he lived — heroically,” Goldwater said. “He dies saving the life of a friend, and does it in his usual selfless way. Archie has always been a representation of us — the best of us. Our strengths and our faults.”
“This is the death of Archie as we see it, and we're treating it with that same level of gravitas and import,” Goldwater added. “It's a once-in-a-lifetime event, and we are being very considerate about it.”
Goldwater said he expects some “level of shock, outrage, and surprise” at how Archie’s life ends, but ultimately, he expects fans will be understanding of how the story ends.
While recognizing that having Archie die at the end of this series is somewhat risky, Goldwater said his company hasn’t shied away from controversy before. Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character, was introduced in the "Life With Archie" series in 2010.
“The big thing is, though, our risks pay off because the stories, art and execution are spot-on,” Goldwater told CNN. “We back up what we say.”
"Afterlife With Archie," which is the Archie zombie series, will continue, Goldwater said.
Reaction to the news of Archie dying at the end of the “Life of Archie” series spread quickly through Twitter with the hashtag #ArchieRIP.
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