FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Though some might not remember the old Archie comics, those who do in Fairfield say the story could do better than to kill the titular character at the end.
Catherine Boody, 68-year-old longtime Fairfield resident and Greenwich native, said killing off the character of Archie is just wrong.
“He should drive away in his car with both Betty and Veronica,” Boody said. “We need more happy endings nowadays.”
According to reports, the death of Archie was the planned conclusion to the comic book series. The current series, “Life With Archie,” will end with two final comics starting in July when Archie sacrifices himself for a friend and is killed.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Fairfield resident Mike Wojmarksi. He said he had read the comic books when he was a kid and had always enjoyed them. “It’s sad.”
Others around Fairfield said killing Archie was just one route the series could have gone but said it was the creator’s decision on how to play out the story line.
The Archie Comic had its first full book in 1942, though the character of Archie first appeared in the comic book Pep Comics in 1941.
Since its creation, there have been several spin-offs, including the popular “Betty and Veronica” comics and updates to the cast, most notably adding an openly gay character in 2013.
The comics have focused on the story of grown-up renditions of Archie and his Riverdale gang.
"We've been building up to this moment since we launched Life with Archie five years ago and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie's life as an adult had to also show his final moment," Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO Jon Goldwater said in a statement.