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Comics fans in a tizzy over adult Archie's demise
Jason Thomas, owner of Shield Comics in Meredith, holds a standard Archie comic book in which Archie remains alive. (DAN SEUFERT/Union Leader Correspondent)
This photo provided by Archie Comics shows Archie in his final moments of life in the comic book, "Life with Archie," issue 37. Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend. The famous freckle-faced comic book icon will die in an installment of "Life with Archie" while intervening in the assassination of Kevin Keller, Archie Comics' first openly gay character. (AP Photo/Archie Comics)
Montana had graduated from Manchester High School Central in 1940, attending one year there.
That adult Archie’s death comes in Wednesday’s issue of “Life with Archie,” which concludes what some say was a “reality-show” version of the squeaky-clean, all-American character. Archie dies when he intervenes in an murder try on Archie Comics’ first openly gay character. The comic is said to have a pro-gun control message.
“It’s kind of sad,” she said. “I don’t think there’s any need to kill Archie off. I love the way he was always portrayed by (Montana) as an innocent teenager. For some reason they decided to put all of these adult issues into his life, though Bob tried to do that as well at times.”
The death does not involve the newspaper comic strip, where teen Archie lives on.
Comic book stores around the state have been telling people not to worry. “That’s just one Archie they are killing,” said Thomas. “There will still be plenty of Archie comics for people to read.”
“It’s a cash-and-grab move to sell more comics, comic book makers kill off characters all the time,” he said.
“Is Superman dead?” he asked.