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Published On: Thu, Jul 24th, 2014

Archie Andrews shot and killed while saving gay friend Kevin Keller

Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend. The famous comic book character will die this week in the new installment of “Life with Archie” during an assassination attempt on Kevin Keller, the openly gay character.

Archie is dead!

Archie is dead!

Archie’s death was announced back in April, marking the conclusion of the series which follows the “grown-up” versions of Archie and his Riverdale friends. 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.

“Archie died as he lived — a hero, representing the best in all of us,” Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater said in a news release about issue #36.

“We wanted to do something that was impactful that would really resonate with the world and bring home just how important Archie is to everyone,” said Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO. “That’s how we came up with the storyline of saving Kevin. He could have saved Betty. He could have saved Veronica. We get that, but metaphorically, by saving Kevin, a new Riverdale is born.”

Goldwater also stated that “The main Archie line, however, telling stories of Archie in high school, will continue. “Afterlife With Archie” (the “Archie” zombie series) will continue, and we will keep on taking risks with different and new interpretations of our characters.”

Gay characters, weddings, gun control and zombies – maybe not the Archie Comics many folks grew up with, but now it’s making headlines.

 

archie-andrews in Life with Archie shooting attack

Dan Gainor, vice president of Business & Culture at the Media Research Center, told The Christian Post that the death of Archie comic was “a mix of salesmanship and liberal propaganda.”

“The creators have Archie dying as he saves a gay politician from a shooting. It’s the perfect mix of pro-LGBT and pro-gun control – the quintessential PC hero,” said Gainor.

“The media, which adore both those issues, are doing their best to help sell lots of extra copies. This stunt might also revive interest in both the classic comic, which is coming up on its 75th anniversary, and one where Archie and his friends fight zombies.

Gainor also told CP that the “Life with Archie” comic’s focus on LGBT issues “is part of an ongoing trend in comics” to advance “the gay agenda.”

“The Young Avengers won GLAAD awards and other comics from Green Lantern to Buffy the Vampire Slayer have joined in the LGBT push,” said Gainor.

“Liberals want to make it impossible to avoid the gay agenda in any form of entertainment – music, movies, TV, even comic books.”

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