No Jokes, No Gimmicks: Archie Andrews Is Dying In LIFE WITH ARCHIE
Archie Andrews is not long for this world. The star of Archie Comics will soon be dying, and it surprisingly won’t be happening in the zombie thriller Afterlife With Archie. The red-headed, indecisive ladies-man will be biting the bullet in Life With Archie #36, the final issue of the flash-forward series looking at the character’s life after high school and college. And before you make the joke, yes Archie has met The Punisher, but no he’s not the one that kills him.
The press release, which you can read in full below, says that Mr. Andrews will be dying a ‘heroic‘ death as he sacrifices himself to save the life of a friend. The end result is death, but the details leading up to it are a secret for now. Issue #37 of the series will leap forward one year from the heartbreaking event and show us what the Riverdale gang are doing without their leader. A big event like this will garner some top-tier talent providing variant covers. You can check out the gallery below to see what artists Francesco Francavilla, Fiona Stales, Ramon Perez, Walt Simonson, Jill Thompson, Mike Allred, Cliff Chiang, Adam Hughes, Tommy Lee Edwards, and Alex Ross are bringing to the table. Archie will still be alive and kicking in the other Archie books, but Life With Archie will show us how it all ends. What do you think about Archie going the way of so many other comic book characters?
Legendary Comic Book Character Archie Andrews Dies In July
Future “Life with Archie” storyline reveals redheaded icon’s heroic final moments
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.
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