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But in some senses...


The press release from Archie Comics (by way of Comics Alliance)

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.

The range of variant covers is quite something....



Cliff Chiang


Walt Simonson


Tommy Lee Edwards


Jill Thompson


Alex Ross


Ramón Pérez


Mike Allred (In this one, I assume Archie was killed by Mr Freeze in the style of Batman '66)


Francesco Francavilla


Fiona Staples (I like this one)


Jeff Shultz (love the style here too)


And other artists will include Adam Hughes and regular series artists Pat and Tim Kennedy

So, who do you think he will meet his end? There might be a clue in the regular cover which you can see at the link.

Date: 2014-04-08 06:55 pm (UTC)
venatosapiens: griffin vulture (Default)
From: [personal profile] venatosapiens
Wait, it doesn't come with a black armband and a poly-bagged issue? Then what's the point, even?

Date: 2014-04-08 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] donnblake
My god, that Alex Ross cover. O.O

Date: 2014-04-08 07:25 pm (UTC)
venatosapiens: griffin vulture (Default)
From: [personal profile] venatosapiens
It's terrifying!

Date: 2014-04-08 07:30 pm (UTC)
randyripoff: (Barry Ween)
From: [personal profile] randyripoff
I was just going to say that!

Date: 2014-04-08 07:36 pm (UTC)
skjam: Ghost cat in a fez (fez)
From: [personal profile] skjam
AOL!

Date: 2014-04-08 09:40 pm (UTC)
razsolo: (Default)
From: [personal profile] razsolo
I like to imagine he stepped back after finishing it and gasped DEAR GOD WHAT HAVE I WROUGHT before burning his studio to the ground.

It's too late Alex.

It's too late.

Date: 2014-04-08 11:16 pm (UTC)
kurenai_tenka: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kurenai_tenka
Haha, well I liked it. xD

Date: 2014-04-09 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tpsreports
Archie has Hitler's brain!

Date: 2014-04-09 10:15 am (UTC)
abates: Tetrap from Doctor Who story "Time and the Rani" (Default)
From: [personal profile] abates
I'll be seeing that in my nightmares tonight!

Date: 2014-04-08 07:42 pm (UTC)
hotfoot: THOR DEMANDS PIE! (Default)
From: [personal profile] hotfoot
I now love Ramon Perez, for being the first artist I've seen in decades who can shift styles for the Archie characters and manage to not screw up Jughead's hat. I mean, it's hideously outdated as a piece of headwear, but...well...that's what it is. It's not some upside down fez crown that just rests on his head, though it's been simplified to that in the more cartoonish style of normal archie comics by many.

Seriously though, that's the first realistic depiction of that thing I've seen in recent memory.

Date: 2014-04-08 09:44 pm (UTC)
grazzt: (Default)
From: [personal profile] grazzt
And that includes many artists who are trying to do realistic interpretations. Like that horrifying Alex Ross cover just above Perez.

It's almost like a Goofus and Gallant comic.

Date: 2014-04-09 03:11 am (UTC)
arbre_rieur: (Default)
From: [personal profile] arbre_rieur
To be fair, Ross is clearly just trying to do a 3D version of the Archie cast as they normally look, not an actually realistic take on them, in that picture. I mean, Archie and Betty even have black eyebrows despite their hair color.

Date: 2014-04-08 07:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch
So will we soon see the appearance of Clone Archie (with DNA contributions from Mr. Lodge), Cyborg Archie, Energy-construct-created-by-an-alien-AI Archie, and Chuck Clayton dressing up as Archie?
Edited Date: 2014-04-08 08:09 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-04-08 08:19 pm (UTC)
jaybee3: Nguyen Lil Cass (Default)
From: [personal profile] jaybee3
Isn't Life with Archie about several alternate takes on the character? One married to Veronica and one married to Betty? Or did they ditch that format? Because I can see him living in one adult universe, and dying in the other.

Date: 2014-04-08 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] xakko
my understanding is that he dies the same way in both the Betty and the Veronica universe, based on the article I read.

it's comics, though, so unless they are rebranding or cancelling, it's hard to see this being as permanent and "once in a lifetime" as they make it out to be.

Date: 2014-04-09 05:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredneil.livejournal.com
Even if this is permanent, it happens in Archie's future and, given that he's been in high school for over 70 years, we probably won't get to that future for a while.

Date: 2014-04-09 08:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
Life with Archie isn't the main archie book (there's the main ones, and this one, the 'continuity' one), so it could very well be the end.

Date: 2014-04-09 03:19 pm (UTC)
lbd_nytetrayn: Star Force Dragonzord Power! (Default)
From: [personal profile] lbd_nytetrayn
That's the weird thing; they say they're ditching the "dueling" stories for this one, which... is going to be weird. At least, it's going to take some serious stunt writing to produce a story that can work in both rather different Riverdales without being discernible.

Just some stuff they can't include, which has been prominent, if they were to pull it off:

- Moose being Mayor or becoming a cop
- Reggie running his dad's paper/his own auto shop
- Betty being a teacher/working with Reggie
- Jughead's wife/relationship
- Archie owning a nightclub with Ambrose and Jughead

And, hmm, seems like there was something else... oh yeah:

- Who Archie is married to.

In short, they basically have to throw out nearly everything which we've been following and made the book fun to read in order to pull off this story without anything clashing, unless they pull out some multiverse shenanigans again.

Date: 2014-04-09 11:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leoboiko
What, you mean with all the suggestion in these covers, they didn't do a polyamorous triad universe? :(

Date: 2014-04-08 11:19 pm (UTC)
kurenai_tenka: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kurenai_tenka
Wow, that's quite the array!

Date: 2014-04-09 03:11 pm (UTC)
lbd_nytetrayn: Star Force Dragonzord Power! (Default)
From: [personal profile] lbd_nytetrayn
Definitely saddened by this news, this was THE Archie book I've been reading since it began.

I don't want to go on and on, but you can check out all my thoughts/concerns on this (including why certain parts don't make sense to me in context) here.

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