Archie Shot Saving Gay Friend Kevin Keller in Final Installment of Comic


Archie Andrews takes a bullet during an assassination attempt on his gay friend Kevin Keller in the final installment of 'Life with Archie' which hits newsstands this week. Andrews' death was announced in April, the AP reports.

"The way in which Archie dies is everything that you would expect of Archie," said 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."

'Life with Archie' features grown-up versions of the Riverdale gang:

In "Life with Archie," Keller is a married military veteran and newly elected senator who's pushing for more gun control in Riverdale after his husband was involved in a shooting.

Writes Archie Comics of the issue:

History is in the making in this epic finale to the acclaimed series LIFE WITH ARCHIE, as America’s most beloved character makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a friend. The unthinkable happens: Archie Andrews dies! Fans will experience an epic tale of Archie’s future sure to make headlines, generate discussion and stand as one of the most-talked about Archie stories of all time. Do not miss this game-changing tale of love, friendship and true heroism. This double-sized issue combines all the material from Life with Archie comic issues #36 & #37.


  1. Matt says

    So they turned Archie from a fun, fluffy comic book about teens into an adult version which takes on serious issues and killed off Archie! And people are buying this comic? I enjoyed Archie comics as a kid and teenager. This new one, though, sounds nothing like the Archie I knew. Way too serious. I mean, Archie was never supposed to be Superman!

  2. Quicksilver says

    @Matt Settle down, Pocahontas. This is Life with Archie – it is more of an adult timeline. The teen one lives on. So you can still get your soda jerk off in Riverdale.

  3. David From Canada says

    The iconic Archie didn’t take the bullet for Betty or Veronica but rather for his gay friend Kevin. This has really moved into the 21st Century!

  4. codpiece says

    “Life of Archie” is an alternate universe/alternate timeline series, where all the archie characters are adults. In the series there are also 2 worlds, in one world Archie is married to Betty and has one kind of life–and in the other world Archie is married to Veronica and living a different life. The stories are more current and real.

    This is all completely separate from the regular Archie comic book line for kids, where Archie and friends are still fun teens in high school just as you remember them.

    There is also a more adult/violent “Afterlife with Archie” series about a zombie apocalypse that takes over Riverdale.

    And there are plans for a more supernatural/horror “Sabrina the teenage witch” series.

    Now if we can only get a more adult Kevin Kellar series, lol.

  5. Houndentenor says

    People will freak out over this without realizing that comic books are rarely read by children any more. The publishers know this and have moved to more mature content as an adult.

  6. luminum says

    I wish Towleroad had actually included information about what Life With Archie is, rather than feeding the likely hysteria this will cause over readers not knowing that it’s an alternate universe/future comic book about the Archie characters as adults.

    As we can see from the comics, outrage already abounds from misunderstanding due to a total lack of information in reporting.

  7. luminum says

    Also, I’ll add that readers following the comic have known for a while now that Archie was going to die in this future story setting, but the mystery is how. Now we know.

  8. says

    I’m connected to the team that created the Kevin Keller character and, well, connected to the comic book industry itself. I’ve begged them (top comic book artists for Archie, Marvel and DC) over and over again to stop producing comic books for 35-year-olds that live in Mommy’s basement and go back to making comic books for kids. I’ve told them that comics don’t sell anywhere near as well now as they used to (when comics were bought by children). I’ve warned them that the comic book industry will die if they keep going dark.

    Some young people have told me “Comics ARE dead.”

    Oh well.

  9. bobbyjoe says

    @Gal Gadot

    Interesting that you’re so “well connected” to big names at Archie comics, yet you still don’t seem to know that the majority of comics that company produces, including most of the Archie titles, are still very much aimed at kids. Archie only has a very few titles, like “Life with Archie,” and “Afterlife with Archie” that are aimed at adults. So if you’re running to tell all these people in power that you supposedly know so well at Archie that they need to “go back to making comic books for kids,” one of the reasons they may be ignoring you is because they think you’re a total loon.

  10. says


    First of all, you seem very defensive – you’re one of those 35-year-olds I mentioned living in Mommy’s basement, right?

    Second, if you knew anything about comics, which you don’t, you’d know that some stores have stopped selling Archie. The store owners tell me that kids aren’t buying comics anymore, so the normal Archie titles aren’t selling. Children have moved on because the industry as a whole doesn’t care about them anymore.

    Third, anything Archie produces for kids is not in the news. It’s the adult stuff that everyone is talking about and from the parents I’ve spoken to, the titles are tainted in their minds. When you get to the point that Archie is being murdered the industry took a bad turn.

    I don’t care if you believe me or not, I burned a lot of bridges trying to persuade the artists I saw on a daily basis to come up with some clean ideas to bring it back to the golden age.

    Finally, if you think that a comic like the one pictured above is appropriate for children, then you are the total loon.

  11. TonyJazz says

    I’ve read all issues of the Life with Archie series. It has been one of the more entertaining reads for the last few years.

    It is a soap opera, but very well done. A couple of sidestories were out-of-whack, but it has mostly been engaging and different.

    Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!

  12. Mousie says

    “Second, if you knew anything about comics, which you don’t…”

    Says the dude who burns his bridges with comics professionals?

    It’s not like comics could ever serve two or more demographics at the same time, or anything simple like that.

    Let me know when you’ve succeeded in wiping all adult content off of TV to keep kid’s shows safe, won’t you?

  13. Vikraminmumbai says

    The US is not the only market for Archie comics. They have always been very big in India and, despite the general slackening in printed comics sales, continue to sell well and are very well known.

    They have definitely been an influence on Bollywood rom-coms. Karan Johar, the director of one the biggest Bollywood blockbusters ever Kuch Kuch Hota Hai has acknowledged it was his homage to the Archie-Berry-Veronica storyline (and now that I think about it, it did what Life With Archie did, which is take the characters into adulthood and see how their lives change).

    All the news that the Life With Archie series has been well reported in the media here, especially the tracks involving Kevin. It has been really positive, useful coverage at a time when we have seen first a gain, then a reversal for gay rights in India. The fact that something as well known in India as Archie comics is so gay supportive really matters.

    What Gal Gadot doesn’t seem to acknowledge in his hopes for comics to return to a Golden Age is that this would hardly stop the decline that comics are seeing. Its in that context that Jon Goldwater’s strategy should be seen – a way to use one line within the franchise to bring some edge, interest and media coverage to the franchise as a whole and hopefully halt its decline into long term irrelevance. Plus a certain amount of principle as well.

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