It’s a sad day in the comic world! Archie Comics just revealed that their main character, Archie Andrews will be killed off in the No. 36 edition of ‘Life with Archie’ coming out in July.
Archie Andrews made his first comic book appearance in 1941, and in July 2014 — 73 years later — we will all forced to say goodbye. The legendary character that Life with Archie is based on is being killed in edition #36. The CEO of the company explained the reason behind the unexpected death and how it will “show what he means to the world.”
Archie Andrews Dies In July’s ‘Life With Archie’
In the magazine that hits stands July 16, Archie sacrifices himself to save a friend and is gunned down. The cover has been released showing him bleeding from the stomach while in the arms of his BFFs and love interests over the years, Betty and Veronica.
Life with Archie ran from 1958-1991, and was then revived in 2010 following a spinoff series Archie Marries Veronica/Archie Marries Betty.
“Each issue is normally split into two story-lines — one telling a tale of Archie married to Veronica another with him ending up with Betty. The final issue, however, will show readers Archie’s final fate in both timelines — and they’re the same,” Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater, told CNN.
He also came clean about why it was time to kill off Archie, saying it was “the natural conclusion” to the series.
“Archie dies as he lived — heroically,” Jon 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.”
Jon added that the tragic ending “isn’t a random one-off or ‘what-if’ story,” but was actually very thought out. Also, he explained that unlike Stewie’s death on Family Guy, Archie will not be returning and that this is the end of his story.
Archie’s Death Doesn’t Mean The Comics Are Over
The death doesn’t mean the end of Life with Archie though, Jon added, as it will jump forward a year in the next issue to show how his friends are moving forward.
“It’s not about the attention-grab of the death but about telling a great, evocative story that reminds people why this character is important to the fabric of pop culture — and showing how heroic a normal guy like Archie can be, and how important it is to realize that,” Jon added.
It’s no surprise that fans are devastated by Archie’s death, since we’ve all grown up on the character. However, as Jon puts it, it gives both the company and the fans the chance to look at his life and “recognize him as one of the most important characters — not in just comics — but in popular culture.”
What do you think of Archie’s death, HollywoodLifers? Is it a good thing? Are you mad he’s going to be gone for good? Let us know!
— Emily Longeretta