In No 36, the issue where the character of Archie dies, was published with 'variant' covers drawn by various famous graphic novel illustrators. We have a collection of five of these variants.
A Review from comicbookresources:
'Like all issues of the series, "Life With Archie" #36 features not only a look at the future adult life of Archie and his pals, but also the pre-announced death of Archie in the double-length issue. Prior to the tragic climax, though, writer Paul Kupperberg takes readers on an upbeat and optimistic tour of life with Archie, who reflects on his past, his present and the far different future he imagined for himself when he was a child. Through all of the optimism and tragedy, regular series art team Pat Kennedy and Tim Kennedy still make it look like a normal day in the life of Archie, and it's a most notable one, indeed.
Despite the telegraphed conclusion of the issue, there is no sense of foreboding or sadness leading up to it; in fact, Kupperberg ensures that it's just the opposite. As Archie both figuratively and literally takes a run down Memory Lane, this issue is anything but a downer. Instead, it's a celebration, as Archie clears his head and realizes that, despite the stresses of his daily life, he nonetheless lives a fortunate one and one that is truly worth celebrating.
Like Archie comics often do, there's an obvious but softly-tossed lesson to be learned here: life should be enjoyed, because one never knows when it might suddenly come to an end. Kupperberg spends well over half the issue on this message, but it's such a well-paced and uplifting retrospective, complete with inspiring narrative, that it readily carries the sequence for its thirty pages or so before setting up the final scene.
The death of Archie is indeed a heroic one, and as told by all creators involved is an incredibly emotional sequence that's surprisingly powerful. There's no melodrama, and no over-the-top or overly sentimental actions or exclamations. It's a superbly composed and genuinely poignant moment that just might go down as one of the most touching death scenes in comics, perhaps made more so by the fact that this did in fact happen to a character that few ever thought would be part of such a story.'