The famous comic book icon is meeting his demise in Wednesday’s installment of Life With Archie when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Kevin Keller, Archie Comics first openly gay character. Archie Andrews death, which was first announced in April 2014, will mark the conclusion of the series that focuses on grown-up renditions of Andrews and his Riverdale pals.
“The way in which Archie dies is everything that you would expect of Archie. 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 seventy five years.” stated Archie Comics Publisher, Jon Goldwater
Kevin Keller’s character first joined Veronica Lodge, Betty Cooper, Jughead Jones and Reggie Mantle in the Archie Comics spin-off Veronica in 2010. He later appeared in his own solo title. In Life With Archie, Keller is a married military veteran and newly elected senator who’s pushing for more gun control in Riverdale after his husband was involved in a shooting.
“We wanted to do something that was impactful that would really resonate with the world and bring home just how important Archie is to everyone. That’s how we came up with the storyline of saving Kevin. He could have saved Betty. He could have saved Veronica. We get that, but metaphorically, by saving Kevin, a new Riverdale is born.” informed Jon Goldwater.
Archie’s final moments will be detailed in Life With Archie No. 36, while issue No. 37 will jump forward a year and focus on the Riverdale gang honoring the legacy of their red-headed pal, who first appeared in comics in 1941 and went on to become a colorful icon of wholesomeness. Other incarnations of Andrews will continue to live on in Archie Comics series.
“Archie is not a superhero like all the rest of the comic book characters. He’s human. He’s a person. When you wound him, he bleeds. He knows that. If anything, I think his death is more impactful because of that. We hope by showing how something so violent can happen to Archie, that we can – in some way – learn from him.” said Jon Goldwater.
All said and done, we all have and shall always love Archie Andrews.
The famous comic book icon is meeting his demise in Wednesday's installment of Life With Archie when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Ke...5.0