RIP, Archie Andrews; comics icon to die saving gay pal

Mourning across America! Archie Andrews is going to die, but heroically.

The favorite son of Riverdale in comic-book America will meet his end Wednesday in Life with Archie, when he takes a bullet for his gay friend, Kevin Keller, Archie Comics' first openly gay character and a U.S. senator-elect.

Wait a minute — what? Nothing in the abov

e sentence would make sense to zillions of Baby Boomers who grew up on the comical adventures of forever-teens Archie and Veronica and Betty and Jughead, et. al.

Never fear, Boomers, life will go on in Riverdale, to be enjoyed by your grandchildren, if they can tear themselves away from their gadgets.

Instead, Archie's death, first announced in April, marks the end of the series that focuses on the Riverdale gang as adults.

"The way in which Archie dies is everything that you would expect of Archie," says Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO.

"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."

But who shoots Archie? Stay tuned…


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