The comic book icon Archie is set to go to comic book heaven when he dies saving a friend when “Life With Archie” #36 hits shops on July 16. Few details are known, but it’ll certainly please fans that if Archie had to go, he would go out a hero.
Over the last few years, the series has been creating possible future scenarios for Archie and his friends so fans can imagine what Archie would be like in high school and college, and as an adult. Issue 36 will be followed by issue 37, funnily enough, which will end the series. Both issues feature covers by top comic artists including Francesco Francavilla, Fiona Staples, Walt Simonson, Jill Thompson, Mike Allred, Cliff Chiang, Adam Hughes and Alex Ross.
“Most fans are familiar with Archie as a high schooler, hanging out at Pop’s Chocklit Shop with his friends. ‘Life With Archie’ shows what happens when Archie becomes an adult and starts dealing with grownup issues,” Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater (son of Archie creator John Goldwater) told CNN about the upcoming issues.
“Archie dies as he lived — heroically. He dies saving the life of a friend, and does it in his usual selfless way. Archie has always been a representation of us — the best of us. Our strengths and our faults,” Goldwater said.
Writer Paul Kupperberg, he added, “has crafted an emotional, impactful and classic story that I know will survive the test of time. This isn’t a random one-off or ‘what-if’ story that we’re doing as a gag. This is the story that we mapped out carefully and with much thought.
“This is the death of Archie as we see it, and we’re treating it with that same level of gravitas and import. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event, and we are being very considerate about it.”