Archie Comics has announced it will kill off its namesake in the concluding issue of Life with Archie.  The death will happen in a special double-sized Life with Archie #36 in July, which will also include a story that flash-forwards a year to see how he is remembered.  Two special comic book-sized editions with both stories will be sold exclusively to comic shops in July.
As with any event this momentous to a franchise, Archie Comics will release multiple variant covers of both comic issues of #36 and #37, featuring covers by Alex Ross, Fiona Staples, Ramon Perez, Walt Simonson, Jill Thompson, Mike Allred, Cliff Chiang, Adam Hughes, Tommy Lee Edwards and Francesco Francavilla.  The story will also be collected in a trade paperback edition to ship later. 
Trade paperback cover by Jeff Schultz
"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/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater said.  "This story is going to inspire a wide range of reactions because we all feel so close to Archie.  Fans will laugh, cry, ...and hopefully understand why this comic will go down as one of the most important moments in Archie’s entire history.  It’s the biggest story we’ve ever done."
ICv2 recently interviewed Publisher and Co-CEO of Archie Comics Jon Goldwater regarding the state of the comics market, the experimentation of recent storylines in the Archie universe, including Life with Archie, and the company’s new line of superhero comics (see "Archie's Jon Goldwater: The ICv2 Interview").
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Comic issue #36 – Cover by Adam Hughes

Comic issue #36 – Cover by Fiona Staples

Comic issue #36 – Cover by Francesco Francavilla

Comic issue #36 – Cover by Mike Allred

Comic issue #36 – Cover by Ramon Perez

Comic issue #37 – Cover by Alex Ross

Comic issue #37 – Cover by Cliff Chiang

Comic issue #37 – Cover by Jill Thompson

Comic issue #37 – Cover by Tommy Lee Edwards

Comic issue #37 – Cover by Walt Simonson