He's getting the gritty "realism" treatment. http://www.rollingstone.com/culture...cter-archie-to-die-in-upcoming-issue-20140408 ...."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," publisher Jon Goldwater said in a statement. Archie will die in issue Number 36, which is set for release this July. The subsequent installment will jump ahead a year and examine how Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Reggie have dealt with the death of their friend. Archie has been a comic-book fixture since his introduction in Pep Comics in 1941. ...Though tragic, tackling Archie's death is fitting for the comic series, which in recent years has dealt with more contemporary and mature issues, like introducing its first gay character in 2010. Last month Archie Comics' Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tapped Girls star/writer/creator and Archie fan, Lena Dunham, to pen a four-oart storythat will be published in 2015. Though he wouldn't divulge plot details, Aguirre-Sacasa said the story is "very contemporary" and set in the Archie continuity, adding, "It's a classic Archie story, with a definitely unique, Lena spin."