If you haven't the heard news yet, then you're likely to be surprised to hear that Archie is dead. And his death is quite popular. Okay, that's not entirely true. But Archie Comics has a bonafide hit on their hands with Afterlife With Archie and the publisher will bring that momentum with them to SDCC. The big question still remains as to how does the iconic redhead meet his final fate? What we do know is that Archie will die saving the life of friend and newly elected Senator Kevin Keller in the pages of Life With Archie #36 on sale Wednesday.
“The Death of Archie is the biggest story in Archie Comics history – and a major milestone for comics, period,” said Goldwater. “It’s the one thing everyone wants to talk about – with good reason. LIFE WITH ARCHIE presents a possible future for the character, and this issue is a fitting end to that story. Archie dies as he lived – a hero, representing the best in all of us. The fact that he’s saving Kevin, the most important new character in Archie lore since Archie, Betty & Veronica, Jughead and Reggie – is a metaphor for the rebirth this company has experienced over the last five years. This is truly a new Archie Comics: unafraid, daring, progressive and on the cusp of greatness.”
The “Death of Archie” is but one of the publisher’s major announcements hitting in advance of this month’s Comic-Con International: San Diego. The publisher also has a slew of other announcements and exclusives, including a sneak peek at Afterlife With Archie #6 by writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla and October’s Sabrina #1 from Aguirre-Sacasa and illustrator Robert Hack. In addition to the acclaimed regular Life With Archie creative team, the two comic book issues – sold exclusively at comic shops this month – will feature a pantheon of artistic luminaries contributing covers to the historic issue, including Francesco Francavilla, Fiona Staples, Ramon Perez, Walt Simonson, Jill Thompson, Mike Allred, Cliff Chiang, Adam Hughes, Tommy Lee Edwards and Alex Ross.
Archie Comics will also have an expanded presence on the show floor at Comic-Con, two must-see panels featuring hundreds of dollars in giveaways for attendees, creator signings and exclusive comics that can only be purchased at the show. Full press release, panel/signing schedule and show exclusives below.