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Iconic Comic Book Character Archie To Die

Iconic Comic Book Character Archie To Die

OK -- this is not the happy-go-lucky Riverdale we once knew. CNN is reporting exclusively that Archie from Archie Comics will die in an upcoming issue.


Archie and his pals Jughead, Reggie, Betty and Veronica have been gracing your grocery store checkouts and collectors' shelves since the early 1940s. They've almost always been high schoolers.

The 'Life With Archie' series explores the beloved character's future, and an issue out in July will reveal to readers how he dies.

Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater tells CNN ... "I think it's the natural conclusion to the 'Life With Archie' series. Archie dies as he lived -- heroically. He dies saving the life of a friend, and does it in his usual selfless way."

Goldwater wouldn't give any more details on how Archie dies, but said Archie's death should be an important reminder of how heroic the average person can be. He said he expects fans to be shocked and to grieve.

Looks like he's already right - on Twitter, reaction to the news of the new story was a resounding "no!"

The Wrap's Brent Lang asks the question we don't really want to know the answer to: who's next? Jughead?

The comics will continue to be made featuring a young Archie, but now, fans will know how Archie would one day meet his end.

As MTV notes, Archie comics have been pushing the limits in recent years with moves like introducing a gay character and starting a zombie invasion story, but this is undoubtedly the most daring yet.

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Iris April 08 2014 at 5:13 PM

Sad to say every one has to leave us some time
Rest in Peace Archie

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MICHELLE April 08 2014 at 6:08 PM

Is this going to be the last issue of Life with Archie? It seems it would have to be as you can't really have a Life With Archie without Archie, unless of course they're planning this demise to be like the demises of Superman and Batman.

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thecondellas MICHELLE April 08 2014 at 6:23 PM

no, they are just doing a flash forward. the comic isnt over, they are just going to tell the future in the next one.

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Lena thecondellas April 08 2014 at 6:55 PM

I'm glad someone actually listened to the whole story ...

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rude April 08 2014 at 6:15 PM

Have Veronica or Betty lost their virginity yet? "The Ghost of Archie" could get into all sorts of situations!!

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JepWolf April 08 2014 at 6:22 PM

take out the main guy why? Guess there going to have to rename it now? the life and times of Archie? ok for one thing never kill off the mean guy because people will drop your book like flys. next was bad move. guess teens with have to read history books now for there fun?

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yayaboo633 April 08 2014 at 6:22 PM

I HOPE THIS A HOAX FOR SALES .....REMENBER WHEN THE COMICCS KILL OFF ROBIN FROM BATMAN , THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN HE CAME BACK TO LIFE . I LOVE THE ARCHIES SINCE I WAS A KID IN THE 70'S WHEN THE Y HAD A SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON AND I HAVE A COMIC OF VERONICA WITH CORNROWS.......YOU THINK I CAN GET SOME MONEY FOR IT SINCE ARCHIE IS DYING ?????

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midnitedip yayaboo633 April 08 2014 at 6:51 PM

not to be a knit picking nerd but the robin that died didnt come back he was replaced by a differen charachter who became robin.but i agree there not killing Arcgie for good no way

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Ray and Connie April 09 2014 at 1:14 AM

He is the best for the kids, keep him around.

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JOHNFINNJR Ray and Connie April 09 2014 at 1:24 AM

They should have sold him to somebody. Charles M Schultz no longer does Charlie Brown; he sold him to a younger man.

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capnbiff JOHNFINNJR April 09 2014 at 1:48 AM

This is the silliest comment ever. Charles Schulz (no t in the name) announced in late 1999 that he would be ending the Peanuts strip after 49 years. He passed away of liver cancer early on the Sunday morning that his farewell strip appeared. It was a beautiful and tragic moment for fans worldwide. Since then, all Peanuts strips have been reruns.

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patty2159 April 09 2014 at 1:13 AM

Cruel and unusual punishment for your fans...for what, to temporarily sell a few more comic books? Shame on you! Appalled and no longer your fan....

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lgru5 April 09 2014 at 7:10 AM

Is this really necessary? This is just plain cruel!!! We alll know Archie is a fantasy, so why do we have to kill him off. The comoc can surely end without his death. You are just mean!!!!!

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Bobbi Poulton April 08 2014 at 6:37 PM

Redicules. Just stop publishing. You don't have to kill him off.

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Rickey E. Tumlin April 09 2014 at 1:08 AM

Archie Andrews has long been a mainstay of teenagers. He was around when 'Father Knows Best', 'The Donna Reed Show', 'The Patty Duke Show', and 'The Mickey Mouse Club' was raising kids with good examples and high moral standards. Why in the world kill him off?

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