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American pop icon Archie dies taking bullet for gay friend

Life with Archie ends
Life with Archie ends
Archie Comics

Archie, Jughead, Veronica and Betty. To most Americans those names personify an era of pop culture where teenagers hung out at soda shops and poured money into jukeboxes. As nostalgic as that can be, everyone has to grow up sometime. That's what the series "Life with Archie" attempted to do in their modern alternate universe take of Archie's life as an adult. Today, the adult Archie breathed his last breath as he died supporting a friend just like he's done for more than 70 years.

That's right. Publisher Archie Comics has killed off Archie Andrews their titular character. In issue #36, Archie intercepts a bullet intended for his gay friend Senator Kevin Keller during his campaign for stricter gun control. Since its initial conception in 2010, "Life with Archie" has dealt with more serious human and political issues than Archie's teenage comic strip. During the series, Archie and his friends has dealt with coping with cancer, financial struggles, and of course death.

As strong proponents of political issues in comics, Archie Comics has continually attacked social issues that other publishers have shied away from.

The comic has received praise from various organizations for tackling these issues in the comic medium. Matt Kane of The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation had this to say of Archie.

In recent years, ‘Life with Archie’ has become one of the most unique books on the shelves by using its characters to address real world issues — from marriage equality to gun control — in a smart but accessible way

With his heroic sacrifice concluded, Archie's adult life ends. Fans however can look forward every month to following Archie and his love conundrums in his teenage books.