What? Archie is going to take a bullet for his gay best friend. What happened to mellow Riverdale and Pop’s malt shop? Since when were guns introduced? And sexual orientation?
Okay, I just did some poking around and here’s what I found:
A heroic demise for iconic comic book character
We all knew Archie Andrews would die one day, but now we know he’ll die a hero, taking a bullet for his gay best friend.
The beloved comic book icon will meet his glorious end in Wednesday’s installment of Life with Archie when he tries to stop an assassination attempt on Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in Archie Comics. Archie’s impending doom was first announced in April.
“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,” Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO Jon Goldwater told The Associated Press. “It’s what Archie has come to represent over the past almost 75 years.”
Keller’s character was introduced to the series in 2010 in the Archie spin-off Veronica. He’s now a married military veteran and senator who is pushing for more gun control in Riverdale. Goldwater won’t say much about the assassin, but hints that he’s a stalker-type figure.
Goldwater also said the decision to have Archie die saving Keller—as opposed to longstanding pals Betty or Veronica—was a strategic way to make sure Archie’s death was about the future of Riverdale, not the past. “Metaphorically, by saving Kevin, a new Riverdale is born,” he said.
“Archie is not a superhero like all the rest of the comic book characters,” Goldwater added. “He’s human. He’s a person. When you wound him, he bleeds. He knows that. If anything, I think his death is more impactful because of that.”
Looks like Archie comics has become graphic novels. Not quite like the Archie comics I used to read. But then again, I haven’t kept up for the past 30 years or so. I suppose the writers had to keep up with the times in order to appeal to the new readers. So does all the Archie characters carry smart-phones now? And Skype and Face-Time to keep in touch? And Facebook to find out who’s at the malt shop? Or do they now hang out at a coffee house because it has free wi-fi?
But this is Midlife Crisis where the memories live on. And we remember the original Archie’s gang.
I found this chart of characters. I’m thinking that the ones towards the bottom are from the newer Archie comics. But how many do you remember and can actually name? No cheating and Googling it now.
Here’s the ones that I remember:
- A1 – Archie Andrews
- B1 – Betty Copper
- C1 – Veronica Lodge or Ronnie
- D1 – Jughead Jones
- E1 – Reggie Mantle
- F1 – Midge?
- A2 – Dilton Doily
- B2 – Ethel?
- C2 – Moose ____?
- A3 – Mr. Lodge (first name?)
- B3 – Mr. Weatherbee
- C3 – Miss Grundy
- B4 – Pops
- C4 – Hot Dog?
- E4 – Coach Kleats
- E6 – Josie from Josie and the Pussycats
A5 – wasn’t that the cafeteria lady?
B5 – Janitor?
Okay, help me out here. And if you give up, share your Archie and Riverdale memories with us. It’ll be a Celebration of Life for the memory of Archie Andrews.
Blaisdell Nights coming up in September 20. Keep the date open!
And following that – Disguise: Haunting, Halloween Party on October 4th