Afterlife with Archie

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Afterlife with Archie is a comic book published by Archie Comics beginning in 2013, depicting a zombie apocalypse which begins in the town of Riverdale. It is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa,[1] with art by Francesco Francavilla,[2] and is inspired by a zombie-themed variant cover which Francavilla did for an issue of Life with Archie.[3]

The comic is Archie Comics' first title to be sold only on the direct market (that is, in comic shops), as opposed to on newsstands;[4] it is also the company's first title to be rated 'teens and up'.[5]


After a car driven by Reggie kills Hot Dog, Jughead asks Sabrina to bring his beloved pet back to life. She does, but with terrible consequences: Hot Dog becomes a zombie, and kills Jughead, who himself rises as a zombie and spreads the contagion.


The first four issues sold out.[6] Fangoria compared Afterlife with Archie to "the kind of horror found in a vintage EC comic",[1] stating that it was one of the "best horror comics (...) in a very long time,"[1] while the Plain Dealer described it as "brilliant", and "fascinating and wonderful",[7] NPR called it "terrific", "a masterpiece", and "actually scary",[5] and Salon said that on "a list of the best comics of (2013)", Afterlife with Archie would probably be "at the top".[8]

Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater has said that his father, the late John L. Goldwater, would have been "shocked by Afterlife (...) but shocked in a great way".[9]


  1. ^ a b c ‘Afterlife With Archie’: The Walking Jughead? The art of bringing zombies to Riverdale High, by David Betancourt, at the Washington Post; published January 7, 2014; retrieved April 5, 2014
  2. ^ AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #3 (Comic Review), by Chris Anderson, at Fangoria; published January 13, 2014; retrieved April 5, 2014
  3. ^ ‘Afterlife With Archie’: Francesco Francavilla cover, movie details, by Gina McIntyre, at the Los Angeles Times; published June 10, 2013; retrieved April 5, 2014
  4. ^ Why Comic-Book Kid Archie Needs To Get Bloody, by Brian Steinberg, at Variety; published November 19, 2013; retrieved April 5, 2014
  5. ^ a b World War R: New Comic Pits Archie And Friends Against The Undead, by Jody Arlington, at NPR; published October 18, 2013; retrieved April 5, 2014
  6. ^ How Archie Became the Most Enlightened Publisher in Comics, by Graeme McMillan, at WIRED; published March 6, 2014; retrieved April 5, 2014
  7. ^ Afterlife With Archie is scary good: Journey Into Comics, by Michael Sangiacomo, at the Plain Dealer; published March 4, 2014; retrieved April 5, 2014
  8. ^ The 10 best superhero comics of 2013, by Mark Peters, at Salon; published December 28, 2013; retrieved April 5, 2014
  9. ^ How the Archie Comics CEO rescued ol’ Riverdale High from being ‘old school', by David Betancourt, at the Washington Post; published April 2, 2014; retrieved April 5, 2014