The regular cover for the penultimate issue of the "Life with Archie" series. Archie Comics
MANILA -- Archie Andrews, Riverdale's favorite son and one of the most memorable icons in American comics, will meet his end in heroic fashion, sacrificing his life for a friend.
In an interview with CNN, Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater revealed that the death will be written as a two-part finale for the magazine format series "Life With Archie" --which has presented two possible timelines for the iconic redhead.
"Each issue is normally split into two storylines -- one telling a tale of Archie married to Veronica another with him ending up with Betty. The final issue, however, will show readers Archie's final fate in both timelines -- and they're the same," Goldwater told CNN.
Written by Paul Kupperberg, the two-part finale, issue #36 and #37, will hit stores in July and features a host of alternate covers commemorating the life and death of the titular character.
According to Goldwater, they have been building up to this moment and it felt only "natural" to kill off Archie in such a way, explaining that Archie will die as he had lived --"heroically."
"This is the death of Archie as we see it, and we're treating it with that same level of gravitas and import. It's a once-in-a-lifetime event, and we are being very considerate about it," he said.
The death, however, will not affect the other current Archie titles which are in circulation right now -- the main "Archie" comic and the acclaimed zombie series "Afterlife with Archie" -- as the comic book is set years into the future.
"As far as we see it, this is how Archie dies. That's how we approached this story and how we're treating it," Goldwater concluded.
Published by Archie Comics, Archie was first created 73 years ago by artists Vic Bloom and Bob Montana. It has since spanned more than a thousand comic book issues, a radio and television series, as well as a live-action television movie.