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Death of comics’ Archie meant to be ‘inspirational’ NEW YORK: Archie Andrews, the American teenager in the “Archie” comic book series, will die taking a bullet protecting his gay friend in the issue that comes out on Wednesday. But the death of the character who made his comic book debut more than 70 years ago, is not meant to be a sob story, Archie Comics publisher and co-chief executive officer Jon Goldwater said on Tuesday. “It’s really not sad. Actually it’s inspirational,” Goldwater said. “Archie does what you would want Archie to do. He takes the bullet for his friend, and he would do that for anybody.” Archie steps in front of a shot aimed and his friend Kevin Keller, who is targeted for his “personal point of view,” Goldwater said. “Archie taking the bullet really is a metaphor for acceptance,” The issue, No.36 in the flash-forward “Life with Archie” series, will be followed ...

A Sherlock Holmes case, for US Supreme Court to solve WASHINGTON: Heirs to the literary rights of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have filed an appeal with the US Supreme Court over the likes of none other than Sherlock Holmes himself.Holmes and his loyal assistant Dr. Watson, Doyle characters who appeared for the first time in print in 1887, are in four of his novels and 56 stories published in the United States through 1927. All these are in the public domain, except for the last ...

US comic icon Archie dies saving his friend LOS ANGELES: US comic book character Archie Andrews will die this week taking a bullet intended for a gay friend, publishers said Monday, calling it a fitting turning point for the iconic brand. In the new issue Wednesday of “Life with Archie”, the famous red-head saves the life of newly-elected Senator Kevin Keller, introduced as the first openly gay character in the comic in 2010.“The Death of Archie is the biggest story in Archie Comics ...

Bollywood's Bachchan in first TV drama series MUMBAI: Bollywood's favourite film star Amitabh Bachchan appears on Indian screens Monday in his first television drama series, in which he plays a real estate businessman with a potentially terminal illness.After more than four decades in cinema and nearly 200 film appearances to his name, the 71-year-old widely known as "the Big B" makes his TV fiction debut with the lead role in the 20-episode show "Yudh"."For quite some time I wanted to get an ...

Dilip Kumar’s Pakistan home will now be a national heritage KARACHI: Bollywood veteran actor Dilip Kumar’s ancestor house in Peshawar has now been turned into a national heritage by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Indian media has been praising this generous act of Pakistan prime minister on different forums. Indian media reports, “After bestowing him with Nishan-e-Imtiaz in 1998, the country’s highest civilian award, Pakistan will give a new life to the site where all-time great actor Dilip Kumar was born as Mohammad Yousaf Khan ...

US conductor Lorin Maazel dies at 84 WASHINGTON: US conductor and composer Lorin Maazel -- whose celebrated international career began when he was a child and later included stints at the New York Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera -- died Sunday. He was 84. The much-lauded maestro passed away at his home in the US state of Virginia from complications of pneumonia, according to the Castleton Festival he founded.Fellow conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, who heads the San Francisco Symphony, took to ...

Shakira, Santana, samba for Cup closure RIO DE JANEIRO: Colombian star Shakira, Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana, Brazilian singer Ivete Sangalo and a samba school will lead the musical entertainment at Sunday's World Cup closing ceremony.The show will start at 1720 GMT, an hour and a half before Argentina and Germany emerge to do battle at the Maracana stadium in Rio. Also on the bill are Haitian hip hop star Wyclef Jean and Brazilian singer Alexandre Pires, who will sing the theme ...


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