Heartbreak: ‘Archie’ to die in issue #36 this summer

Heartbreak: ‘Archie’ to die in issue #36 this summer

CNN can reveal exclusively that it tells the story of how [comic book character] Archie sacrifices himself to save a friend.

Few details are known, but it seems fitting that Archie would go out a hero. The 37th issue one week later will end the series. …

CNN spoke with Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater (son of Archie creator John Goldwater) about the upcoming issues. …

CNN: Why kill Archie?

Goldwater: 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. Archie has always been a representation of us — the best of us. Our strengths and our faults.

Writer Paul Kupperberg, with input from myself, has crafted an emotional, impactful and classic story that I know will survive the test of time. …

CNN: What are you hoping to accomplish with this storyline?

Goldwater: First and foremost, like with anything we do at Archie, we want to tell a great, memorable story. …

We want to not only show how Archie’s life ends, but also what he means to the world around him. We want to celebrate his life. After the events of “Life With Archie” #36, fans will leap forward a year to see the aftermath, and how his friends have moved on since his surprising death.

What’s Jughead doing? How are Betty and Veronica dealing with the loss? It’s not about the attention-grab of the death but about telling a great, evocative story that reminds people why this character is important to the fabric of pop culture — and showing how heroic a normal guy like Archie can be, and how important it is to realize that.

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