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Life With Archie #36

An Archie comic in which Archie dies

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They Killed Archie!

  • Jul 17, 2014
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I picked up this one because I had read in the newspaper that Archie was going to die in it.  Archie comics has produced a series of comics called Life With Archie in which there are two parallel stories.  In one he marries Betty and the other Veronica.  This is all explained on the first page of the book which has a whole synapsis of the series to date.  (not sure if this is regularly included or if is because of the special issue.

It was a little difficult to choose which version of the comic I wanted as the store I went to had four covers to choose from.  I selected the one with the gang seated at a diner table on the cover (I am assuming it is Pop's Diner) as it looked very nostalgic. 

One thing I noticed is that this issue is devoid of the humor that I grew up with and came to associate with Archie comics.  Throughout the story Archie is thinking.  First he is remember the first time he met up with the gang as small children.  Later he is thinking about 20 years into the future where he is married and has a troubled teenage daughter.  Throughout the tale Archie maintains his love for one of his two favorite girls however, it is never specified which one (Betty or Veronica).

All this leads to a party where his death will occur - Spoiler -

They make his death very valient and drawn out and extremely bloody.  His last words are first is everybody safe and he expresses that he will always love his girl (we still don't know which one).  Issue #37 is mentioned and all it says is that it takes place one year later.

This issue cost $4.99 and there is a lot to read for the money, with very minimal advertisements.  A big change from the funny Archie I always knew but a good buy for comic enjoyment.

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July 18, 2014
You know, I read about that in the media, too. And -- I hope this won't peeve you off -- it really upsets me when publishers and/or writers and/or creative folks use characters in such a way to push a political agenda (I don't care WHAT the agenda is, mind you, Conservative or Republican). I tend to think that some things should really be left kinda/sorta sacred so that kids don't unnecessarily get their minds influenced by stories best left to a more mature crowd. For example (of what I deal with in my own life), I pretty much avoid a party branch of my family tree on Facebook b/c of my differences with them on what could be called 'the Gay Agenda.' (Mind you: I honestly don't care a hoot for anyone's sexual preferences; you are what you are OR you are what you choose to be, it just is what it is so far as I care.) But when that "first openly gay NFL draftee" thing went down in the media not all that long ago, I have an extended family member who was openly championing the issue over and over, that it was about "d@mn time they could be drafted to play in the NFL," etc. and onward. All I did was pop into a chatback thread to make the benign observation of "Yeah, but wouldn't it be nice to have football players who actually talked about football again" and I was flamed to Hell. Go figure. Yeah, you've come a long way, Archie. Rest in peace.
July 20, 2014
I just feel that killing Archie is like killing Charlie Brown. His strip was always just fun. Violence was left for other genres. I don't think they should have done it.
July 20, 2014
Agreed. Back in the mid-80's, I remember penning a farce with some buddies of mine that we called "You've Got Aids Now, Charlies Brown." We were trying to produce it as a radio play, but it never quite came to fruition. It was basically a reaction we were sharing at the time about how public political consciousness really shouldn't interrupt child-specific fiction. Let kids be kids; they're growing up too fast these days (even thought that back then, guess I'm showing MY age).
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LIFE WITH ARCHIE COMIC #36 ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS (W) Paul Kupperberg (A) Pat Kennedy & Various (CA) Ramon K. Perez History is in the making in this epic finale to the acclaimed series LIFE WITH ARCHIE, as America's most beloved character makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a friend. The unthinkable happens: Archie Andrews dies! Fans will experience an epic tale of Archie's future sure to make headlines, generate discussion and stand as one of the most-talked about Archie stories of all time. Do not miss this game-changing tale of love, friendship and true heroism.
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