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Mamaroneck's Archie Comics to Kill Off Legendary Character Archie Andrews

"Life with Archie" #36, available July 16. Photo credit: Archie Comics
"Life with Archie" #36, available July 16. Photo credit: Archie Comics
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After more than 70 years, iconic comic book character Archie Andrews will perish "heroically" this summer at the conclusion of the "Life with Archie" comic book series, Mamaroneck-based Archie Comics announced Tuesday.

Archie will die "while saving the life of a friend" in issue #36 of the series, which chronicles Archie's future after high school and college.

The final issue goes on sale July 16.

Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater said in a statement that the company was building up to this event when it began "Life with Archie" five years ago. The series highlighted Archie's adult life. 

“Archie has and always will represent the best in all of us—he’s a hero, good-hearted, humble and inherently honorable," said Goldwater. "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.”

Archie has been a part of the comic book landscape since 1941, and "Life with Archie" writer Paul Kupperberg told CNN, as quoted by the New York Post, that Archie Comics has created an "emotional, impactful and classic" ending befitting the much-loved character.

"This is the death of Archie as we see it, and we’re treating it with that same level of gravitas and import," said Kupperberg. "It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event, and we are being very considerate about it.”

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