Archie Comics, the acclaimed and bestselling comic book publisher that is home to some of the best-known pop culture creations in the world, including Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, Josie & The Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the hit AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE series, answered the question the entire world has wondered since the company first revealed that Archie Andrews would die: how does the iconic redhead meet his final fate?
As revealed this morning, the legendary comic book character beloved by millions around the globe for over 70 years 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 event, which has garnered worldwide attention and is the latest in a series of initiatives by the vibrant media company, serves as a metaphor for the “New” Archie Comics spearheaded by Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater, and sure to be a hot topic at this month’s Comic-Con International: San Diego.
“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 – other must-see stories include news about the company’s superhero properties, a new licensed video game series launch and exclusive sneak peeks at the upcoming 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.
While this week’s comic-sized LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36 shows readers Archie’s final moments, #37 leaps a year into the future, showcasing how the remaining members of the Riverdale gang – including Jughead, Betty & Veronica and Reggie – have honored the legacy of their dear friend. Both stories will be collected in the double-sized LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36 magazine and upcoming trade paperback collecting the entire story, written by regular LIFE WITH ARCHIE writer Paul Kupperberg, with art by Pat & Tim Kennedy and Fernando Ruiz.
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.
Archie Comics Comic-Con International: San Diego panel schedule:
1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.
Archie Forever: Life, Afterlife and Beyond
Archie is everywhere! This is the one panel you cannot miss! Learn about the story that shocked the world – the Death of Archie, find out more about the hit horror series AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE and get exclusive news on upcoming classic Archie storylines, the new SABRINA ongoing series and a first look at what’s to come from Archie’s superhero imprint. The panel will feature an all-star cast of guests, including Jon Goldwater (Publisher/Co-CEO), Victor Gorelick (Co-President/Editor-in-Chief), Mike Pellerito (President), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Chief Creative Officer/writer of Afterlife with Archie), Francesco Francavilla (artist of Afterlife with Archie), Dan Parent (writer/artist Kevin Keller), Michael Uslan (writer “Farewell, Betty & Veronica”), and moderator Alex Segura (SVP – Publicity and Marketing/Editor of Red Circle Comics). Plus, an exclusive gift bag ticket worth over $100!
1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.
Archie Action Hour: Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man
Get ready for action in San Diego! Paul Kaminski (Archie Comics Executive Director of Editorial) is joined by Mike Pellerito (Archie Comics President) and artists Jon Gray (Sonic the Hedgehog) and Evan Stanley (Sonic the Hedgehog) to bring you an hour jam-packed with action and adventure as you go behind the scenes and get the latest news on all things Sonic and Mega Man. Attendees will power-up with a free ticket for a gift bag chock full of Archie Action Awesomeness! Be there!
Archie Comics Creator Signing Schedule:
Friday, Saturday & Sunday:
12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.: Classic Archie signing (Dan Parent)
2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.: Archie Action signing: Sonic/Mega Man (Evan Stanley, Jon Gray)
11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.: AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE signing (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla)
12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.: ARCHIE MEETS KISS signing (Dan Parent and Alex Segura)
3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.: AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE signing (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla)
MEGA MAN signings at the Capcom booth (#215) with MEGA MAN Editor Paul Kaminski and artist Evan Stanley:
Thursday: 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Friday: 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Saturday: 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Sunday: 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
Archie Comics Comic-Con International: San Diego Convention Exclusives:
You can purchase the below at Booth #2842 while supplies last.
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE/SABRINA Convention Exclusive Promo book
Get everything you need to know about Archie Comics’s two hit horror series, AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE and SABRINA with this Comic-Con International: San Diego Exclusive comic featuring sneak peeks at this month’s AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #6 and October’s SABRINA #1 plus a reprint of the comic that started it all: AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #1. A must-read for all attendees and the perfect book to get signed by the AFTERLIFE creative team! Featuring an all-new cover by Francavilla!
Featuring the work of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Francesco Francavilla and Robert Hack
THE DEATH OF ARCHIE Convention Exclusive
The story everyone is talking about arrives at Comic-Con International: San Diego with another can’t-miss convention exclusive comic! Experience the death of an icon. The unthinkable happens in Riverdale, as everyone’s favorite redhead makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a friend – living out his final moments as a shining example of heroism. Join Betty & Veronica, Jughead, Reggie, Kevin Keller and the rest of the Archie gang to experience the story that’s captured the world’s attention: the final moments of Archie Andrews – and the celebration of his life that follows. Writer Paul Kupperberg and artists Fernando Ruiz and Pat & Tim Kennedy join forces to craft a tale of heroism, love, friendship and tragedy that will stand as one of the most shocking and remarkable comic book stories in history. Experience the end and celebrate all that’s come before with The Death of Archie: A Life Celebrated, a deluxe presentation of one of the most acclaimed and talked-about stories in the history of Archie Comics.
Featuring the work of Paul Kupperberg, Fernando Ruiz, Pat & Tim Kennedy, Jim Amash, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
96-page, full color magazine
MEGA MAN #37 “Dawn of X” Convention Exclusive
The next big video game event from Archie Comics has at last arrived! It’s a brand new adventure so Mega-epic that it would be impossible to contain it in just one time period! Featuring heroes and villains from both hit Capcom franchises, plus the surprise return of a character that will affect the very course of time and space as we know it! Get in on the ground floor of this century-spanning special event that features a variant cover from talented newcomer Rafa Knight.
Featuring the work of Ian Flynn, Jamal Peppers, Gary Martin, John Workman, Matt Herms, Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and Rafa Knight
32-page, full color comic
ARCHIE #657 Summer Convention Exclusive
Kick off the summer convention season in classic Archie style with this new and indispensable Archie beach tale featuring Archie, Betty & Veronica, Cheryl, Jughead and Kevin Keller! A perfect convention gift for kids and long-time fans alike.
Featuring the work of: Tom DeFalco, Pat and Tim Kennedy, Dan Parent, Jack Morelli, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
32-page, full color comic