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April 10, 2014

Latest twist in 'Archie': He dies

Haverhill-based comic adopted other serious issues, including gay character

HAVERHILL — Archie Andrews, the beloved comic book character created decades ago by Bob Montana, is about to meet his demise.

But not Archie the high school student who is forever destined to cruise the streets of Riverdale in an old jalopy with pals such as Jughead and Moose and share a malt with his romantic flames Betty and Veronica. That Haverhill-based Archie will continue on, but an older, post-college adult version of Archie who was featured in the newer comic book series "Life with Archie" will not.

The publisher of Archie Comics announced the unthinkable this week: The legendary comic book character will die to conclude the hit "Life with Archie" comic series.

Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater announced on the Archie Comics website that the iconic comic book character, beloved by millions around the world for more than 70 years, will sacrifice himself heroically while saving the life of a friend in the pages of July’s "Life with Archie" issue #36 in the flash-forward series spotlighting Archie’s adventures after high school and college.

Issue #37 will fast forward one year with the remaining members of Archie's Riverdale gang, including Jughead, Betty and Veronica and Reggie, remembering their redheaded friend.

“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,” Goldwater said on the website. “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.”

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