Archie Andrews is about to come to a very unfortunate end. The decades-old lovable comic book character is going to be killed off, according to Archie Comics, and he is going to do so in the most publicized way possible.
Archie Andrews has long been known for confusion over his love for Veronica — or Betty — but it looks like he has much bigger problems these days. According to the Associated Press, Andrews has spent the last four years in a spin-off series based on Andrews’ adult life in Riverdale.
According to Archie Comics, Andrews will die when he attempts to save his friend, Senator Kevin Keller, the comic book company’s first openly-gay character. The senator will be the victim of an assassination attempt for trying to push gun control in Riverdale. Archie’s death will be the end of the Life with Archie series.
“I think Archie Comics has taken a lot of risks in recent years, and this is the biggest risk they’ve taken yet,” Archie fan Jonathan Merrifield told the Associated Press. “If it shakes things up a little bit, and people end up checking it out and seeing what’s going on in Archie Comics, it will be a risk that was smartly taken.”
The four-year-old series has put Archie in more “socially relevant” situations than fans of his earlier work might remember.
But Archie Comics doesn’t see the storyline as a political issue at all — but more an issue of community. Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO explained that, “Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I don’t agree. I think Riverdale is a place where everyone should feel welcome and safe. From my point of view, I’m proud of the stance we’ve taken here, and I don’t think it’s overtly political on any level.”
The end of Archie’s life is also very timely, as Bob Hastings, who voiced the character on the radio in the 1940s, died only a few days ago.