Archie killed saving gay friend in comic book

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Not only does Archie die. He dies a hero.

It has been known since April that Archie Andrews, the fictional red-head from the Archie comics, was going to die when the series wrapped up.

Now we know he dies when he is shot saving gay friend Kevin Keller.

"The way in which Archie dies is everything that you would expect of Archie," Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO Jon Goldwater told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview published Monday. "He dies heroically. He dies selflessly. He dies in the manner that epitomizes not only the best of Riverdale but the best of all of us. It's what Archie has come to represent over the past almost 75 years."

There will be two books marking the death of Archie and the end of the series — The Death of Archie on July 16 and A Celebration, released July 23.

A double issue, Life with Archie, will also be released on July 23.


Courtesy of Archie Comics


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