NORWALK, Conn. – The end of the "Life With Archie" comics through the death of the titular character is coming as a shock to those in Norwalk who follow comic books.
At the Heroes Comics and Cards store on Westport Avenue, sales associate Sabrina Ruiz said no one was expecting the series to end like this.
“The way I see it is that it’s just not selling enough,” Ruiz said. “It’s mainly the grandmas and grandpas getting them for their grandkids now.”
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.
According to reports, the death of Archie was the planned conclusion to the series. The current series, “Life with Archie” will end with two final comics starting in July when Archie sacrifices himself to save a friend.
The comics have focused on the story of grown-up renditions of Archie and his Riverdale gang.
For Norwalk resident Jeff Skowronski, the ending is sad. “It’s a shame they are killing him off,” he said.
But, he added, it's the way of comic books to kill a character off and then six months later have them reappear. So it might not be the end of Archie, Skowronski said.
"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.