Archie Comics to end in June
Archie and the gang are hanging up their speech bubbles and calling it a day.
One of the longest running series since the dawn of the modern comic book in 1867, Dan Parent and the rest of the team at Archie Comics have decided to give the red-headed miscreant and his lovable gang a dramatic sendoff.
Ending on a slightly ominous issue number, No. 666, Comic Book Resources has learned the final release will reference longtime running gags and nods to the original Archie comics of the 1940s and 50s.
This, of course, is all in preparation for the upcoming redesign of the series. Simply titled, “ARCHIE #1,” the announcement of the revamped comic drew a ubiquitous chorus of groans and sighs from fans as details of the modern take on Riverdale’s finest were revealed. Archie Comics has a history of drastically changing aesthetic on the fly, but this is the first time the company has decided to end one series and start over from scratch.
The past few years have been a bit of a renaissance for the comics industry with DC launching its New 52 series in 2013 and Marvel preparing to launch its NOW! series this summer.
Details are scarce on what exactly the last Archie issue will entail, but there will be six variant covers – all illustrated by Dan Parent – released June 3.