I remember the days when I’d scoot on down to the corner store in hopes that the latest Archie comic was on the stands, excited to see what the gang has gotten up to now. Well, it looks like today's children won't be able to share that joy for much longer.
Since 1941, fans have followed the lives of Archie and his high school friends. But come July, we'll be saying farewell to Archie Andrews as Archie Comics is set to kill off the beloved character.
CNN reports that the ‘Life With Archie’ series issue #36 is to be released in July 16. It will exclusively reveal the story of how Archie sacrifices himself to save a friend. Typical, selfless Archie … you will be missed.
The details for the 37th issue, which will put an end to the series the following week, are still unclear, but it is certain that Archie will go out as a hero.
The 'Life With Archie' series began with possible scenarios of the future Archie and his gang, so that the comic could move forward with the times, just as we have.
Many who have stopped reading the beloved childhood comic book still believe the Archie comics are set in the 50’s, the gang huddled around a table at Pop’s Chocklit Shop sipping on milkshakes … while Jughead devours a stack of burgers.
According to CNN, who spoke with Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater (son of Archie creator John Goldwater), the 'Life With Archie' series gives readers a look into what Archie’s life would be like after high school and college. "'Life With Archie' shows what happens when Archie becomes an adult and starts dealing with grownup issues," he said.
When asked, "Why kill Archie?" Goldwater said that it was the natural conclusion to the 'Life With Archie' series.
"Archie dies as he lives—heroically," Goldwater said. "Archie has always been a representation of us — the best of us. Our strengths and our faults," Goldwater shared.
He added that the 'Life With Archie' series is split into two storylines, where he is married to Veronica in one and ends up with Betty in the other. I bet you were sitting there wondering, "well who the heck did he finally end up with!?" The burning, age-old Archie question, I know.
To satisfy both sides, the final issue will showcase Archie's demise in both of the love scenarios — and spoiler alert, they’re both the same.
But don't fret, Archie lovers. You haven't seen the last of our beloved little ginger.
A series where Archie is a 'back-from-the-dead zombie' is already in place. According to Goldwater, 'Afterlife With Archie' will continue.
Hmm…a zombie love triangle with Betty and Veronica. And maybe we’ll see Jughead pigging out on brains instead of burgers!