The comic series Life With Archie will end soon, with Archie Andrews dying in issue #36, and issue #37 will be the last. Although the details are under wraps, Archie will sacrifice his life "for a dear friend."
“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 in a press release. “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.”
However, that’s just the series Life With Archie, which follows the Riverdale gang as they age into adults. The regular Archie Comics series, in which the characters are still teenagers, will continue as usual. To say goodbye to the adult Archie Andrews in style, issues #36 and #37 (which takes place a year after Archie’s death) will be released in multiple formats with many variant covers by acclaimed artists. You can see a roundup of some of those covers at Comics Alliance. -via Metafilter
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