I think the Archie comics are a purely American phenomenon, but they’ve been around forever—certainly when I was a kid in the Pleistocene. And I read it faithfully, as, I suspect did most of our older readers here. You would remember Archie, Jughead, Riverdale High, and the two attractive women, Veronica and Betty, between which one had to choose as a favorite.
I didn’t realize Archie had been around longer than I, but it’s true: the comic has been going for 73 years.
As The Associated Press reports, in today’s issue of the comic Archie finally meets his demise, looking at least four decades younger than he is! And he dies in an unusual way:
Archie Andrews fans already know that their beloved, red-haired comic book icon is going to die while trying to save a friend’s life. Now ArchieComics publisher and co-CEO Jon Goldwater has offered more specifics about the character’s sacrifice: Archie will perish after intervening in an assassination attempt on the series’ first openly gay character, Kevin Keller, The Associated Press reports.
The heroic act will take place in the 36th issue of Life With Archie (out Wednesday, July 16th), while the following installment will move forward one year and feature the Riverdale crew honoring the life and legacy of their fallen friend. The image to the left shows Archie right before his death. [JAC: first image below]
“The way in which Archie dies is everything that you would expect of Archie,” Goldwater said in a statement. “He dies heroically. He dies selflessly. He dies in the manner that epitomizes not only the best of Riverdale, but the best of all of us. It’s what Archie has come to represent over the past almost 75 years.”
I didn’t realize that Archie had become so politically correct over the years:
While the original comic book series starring Archie began as an innocent look at a group of pals at Riverdale High School, Archie Comics has in recent years strived to appeal to modern sensibilities with “Life with Archie,” a more socially relevant spin-off aimed at longtime adult Archie fans. Over the past four years, “Life with Archie” plots have involved Kevin’s marriage, the death of longtime teacher Ms. Grundy and Archie’s love interest, Cheryl Blossom, tackling breast cancer and affordable health care.
Lord, that’s about every issue there is except for immigration reform and legal weed! Well, farewell, Arch! Here he is—gone but not forgotten.
The comic’s website is here.