By Dan Gladston
Archie Andrews was created in 1941 by Vic Bloom and Bob Montana and is a fictional character appearing in the comic book series Archie Comics. This iconic character was also the star of the long-running Archie Andrews radio series, The Archie Show, and Archie’s Weird Mysteries. The true origin of Archie Comics lies within Montana’s sketchbook, which was an illustrated diary of life in Haverhill, Montana’s hometown.
In the story, Archie’s friends, Jughead Jones and Moose Mason, were based off of Montana’s high school peers, Skinny Linehan and Arnold Daggett. Miss Grundy was inspired by Montana’s school librarian, Elizabeth Tuck. In addition, Montana’s school principal, Earl McLeod, became the model for Mr. Weatherbee.
Archie is a typical suburban teenager who is generous, proper, clumsy, and well-liked by most of his friends. Throughout his long journey, Archie has always had his two main crushes by his side, Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. Together, they have formed the famous love triangle that has shaped the comic’s plot-lines and provided readers with many laughs. Today, it seems that Archie Andrews has come to an end in the new issue, Life With Archie #36.
In this new issue, Archie makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a friend, and the unimaginable occurs. Archie Andrews dies! Do not miss the incredible finale of America’s most beloved character. This double-sized issue combines all the material from Life with Archie comic issues #36 and #37.