Richie becomes a servant for the day and it is exhausting!

Here are two fun stories featuring basically the same storyline. Richie’s Dad asks him to help entertain clients, but he ends up entertaining the wrong people! The stories vary in that Richie is servantless in the first, has hundreds of cranky staff in the second, but the end result in both is serious snoring! Thank to Larry T. for the first story, and enjoy!

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That boy will go far in life indeed. Little did they realize their caddy could buy and sell them! It’s interesting how many lifeguards and kitchen staff must be paid to sit around all day and do nothing on the Rich estate. Finally they have something to do and it’s all whine with that cheese…

Did you remember one of these classic tales?

Meet Bascomb plus a special Hot Stuff story

Today we have another story from the awesomeness that is Larry T., hurrah! And it features the first appearance of Bascomb the chauffeur. Also, we have a first on this Richie Rich blog which is that a new fan club member was excited to find Richie stories, but was sad there were no pages dedicated to his favorite character, Hot Stuff. So, while I am ambivalent towards Hot Stuff, I do have some HS comics lying around and I thought it would be a nice welcome gesture to post one. So, here we go with some commentary from dear Larry…

I’ve always liked Bascomb. I’d even prefer him over Cadbury. Although Cadbury is a perfect butler, he is so multi-talented and I would almost even consider him part of the Rich family, as he is so involved with all of them. However Bascomb is not as prominent and appears to be younger than Cadbury- but his disposition and passion for his career is probably why he stands out to me. Plus, his “can-do” attitude and positive thinking (I even liked the space between his front teeth, LOL what a nice “unpretty” touch for the character :D )

I believe this is the first story featuring the chauffeur. It is from an early 1962 issue of “Little Dot DotLand” before Bascomb appeared in the Richie Rich titles. It clearly introduces him as another one of the trusted estate staff who is the best at what he does. I always wondered why he was dressed as a gestapo, but maybe he was imported from a war-ridden country (he does have a British dialect though…. “Dash it All”).

Anyway, on to the story, enjoy!

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Even though the story moves forward as a “do-or-die” tale, there are a few articles of weirdness which I caught reading it way back when for my first time. I asked myself:

  • “How did Mrs. Rich drive ALL the cars to her picnic and why did she leave Bascomb behind? Isn’t chauffeuring his job there?
  • They don’t pay the gardener enough to buy a decent car for himself?
  • Bascomb’s other career must have been as a circus acrobat

I suppose Bascomb will end up fishing with the Riches until he can drive them all home (Mr. Rich would have taken another one of the cars up there initially ;) ).

Or a helicopter or ‘copter as they always call it in Richie Rich comics may have to come for them. And you’d think the gardener might just loan them his cruddy car, quite rude to make someone pay for a bucket of bolts.

Thank you, Larry!

This story is one in a genre of “Bascomb transporting the Riches in odd ways” and I have added another similar story to a previous post in this mileau.

Check out the new story here:

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/mrs-rich-gets-her-flirt-on/

And now to a WHAT? HOT STUFF story? How strange! I am hoping this is a good one as I am not a connoisseur of Hot Stuff, but it seemed pretty fun. Enjoy!

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Curious that the blue devil would be Hot Stuff’s twin as the adults all look nothing alike so the devils seem to have pretty distinct facial features. I also am curious where he got his diaper from back in the day. I wonder if the adult devil in the boxer shorts is based on someone as his look seems very specific. Maybe someone who worked at Harvey? Anyway, hope you enjoyed this little rest stop in Hot Stuff land!

Cadbury, the perfect butler, gets emotional?

Hurray! Larry T. is back with a guest blog! I was getting lonely here in Richieblogland, with only my own Richie thoughts. I love when we have a guest blogger and a story about my cartoon boyfriend, Cadbury, what could be better? And scroll to the end for a link to another Richie story on another great blog! Without further ado…

Cadbury Gets Emotional

I know Cadbury is a personal favourite of the blog author, so I thought I’d scan a few stories from my Little Dot comic books. He really is an emotional sort!! Even though he is extremely dignified and has so much self-discipline that he can hide it in the presence of the Rich family.

But before we start the story, let’s take a look at Cadbury losing it. The first one-pager gives him a more human side… listening to Richie’s joke but containing his laughter until then next day.

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I love the great artwork here- the close-up of Cadbury’s face and the droll little smile… “haw”.

Next exhibit shows him a little more cross… at Richie, nonetheless!!! I guess he really does have quite the temper. Fortunately he was out of view of the Riches, this outburst may have had him fired!

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The tongue sticking out is a nice detail, LOL, I bet he dropped some pretty harsh f-bombs that day!!! I’ve never seen him like this! I love it! He is human after all!

And now the best of the test of the best. Mean cousin Reggie visits and makes a bet that he can get Cadbury to lose his cool.

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I always wondered why Richie is so confident that Cadbury will not display anger, has he deliberately tried to provoke the guy in the past himself? One of the best parts of the story is the actual dare- I don’t believe Reggie lives that close to Richie so pushing a peanut home with his nose would take a lot longer than a day LOL!!!

Cadbury smiles all the way, no matter what tricks Reggie pulls on him. Hopefully he wasn’t on his way to one of Mrs. Rich’s afternoon tea parties with that jug of water, they would have wondered why his pants were wet. Come to think of it, I also wondered how often the maids empty the vacuum cleaner bags- the one Reggie dumps must have been in use for a few months!!!

The last panel is the payoff… it’s worth it to see Cadbury actually really pissed off!!!

This is why I love Richie Rich so much, you never know how the story is going to end. Sometimes it’s fairly punny with some chuckling, sometimes there are beatniks living in the house, but a Cadbury mask, who was expecting that? I love it! Perhaps it inspired this story:

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/richie-gets-a-scary-new-playhouse-and-four-stories-to-read/

And that’s not all, head on over to Big Blog of Kid’s Comics as Mykal has posted another story to read! (Plus a Lotta comic for Larry) :)

http://www.bigblogcomics.com/2015/03/richie-rich-and-little-lotta.html

Big thanks to Larry and keep ’em coming, guest blogs make me happy as Nurse Jenny healing sick patients!

Richie can’t ever be alone on the Rich estate, poor little rich boy

It’s not surprising that with all the people employed by the Rich estate, one can rarely have a moment of solitude. Dear Richie really just can’t get a moment of peace on his own expansive land. He should just stay inside and explore the mansion, no one is ever around inside!

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I certainly do not! GOODBYE, sir! Sheesh, no need to be so rude. Seems like the birdcounter man could be a fun friend to explore trees with.

And just when you want to relax in your mansion, here comes Hollywood!

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Yiish! Richie cannot stay out of the fray! Did you remember these stories?

Richie shows off his swimming pool and Dollar discovers his dislike of 4D TV

Breaking Richie news: The new TV series is out on Netflix on February 20th!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OTMZ2X5cE_Q

And now back to our regularly scheduled post…

I love the early Richie comics and the way they were drawn. The gang in this first story is so unbelievably cute I can hardly take it. Richie is so cuddly and full of baby fat, but PeeWee’s little belly in his giant shorts is even better! So cute I may explode!!! Enjoy…

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Jarvis seems like quite a nice, efficient fellow, however, I’m surprised he didn’t have a more butlery bathing costume. But, he is clearly no Cadbury and does not keep up with an intensive exercise regime. And how is PeeWee’s suit staying on? Look at his little face when he invites Jarvis for a hot dog, precious!

I am not a fan of that pool elevator. If it malfunctions, you can’t get out of the pool! A ladder or two would do no harm, Richard. Especially as PeeWee appears to be drowning in the pool.

I would love if that sunblock machine existed, it would make beach trips so much easier.

And now on to a Dollar story. I have never had much interest in Dollar, but I always love when Richie comics predict inventions that exist now, like 3D TV, albeit in a not as exciting or house-destroying form.

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And if you like crazy TV stories, you may want to revisit this post:

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/richie-rich-and-the-smellevision-set/

I love how even on hoverscooter, it still takes Richie an hour to get back and forth from the East Wing!

What did you think? And…do you have any stories you haven’t seen in years that you’d like me to find? I feel the need for a new Richie mission.

Richie finds a stowaway in the mansion plus some Richie Dollars and Census

WAA HAA! Dollars and Census! Send me back in a time machine and I could write some Richie cover puns. :)

Today’s story is in my favorite Richie genre of….Richie explores the mansion! And the very end of the story is so fun and unexpected and clever, it is one I never forget.

I do have a beef with this story and it is in the very first panel. Really Regina? Your beloved son is lonely and you say, “Well, go play with your friends. And leave me be!”

NO, REGINA. The proper response should be, “Lonely? What am I, chopped liver? I’m just sitting around my duff doing nothing, your childhood is precious and fleeting, let’s go play!” Humpf. Even Reggie’s dad is a better parent in this tale. But, then it gets good, so off we go, apologies in advance for the poor quality….

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I love this end panel! All these random beatniks are just living in the mansion and no one has a clue! And probably stealing food from the kitchen each night like this tale: https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/illogical-yet-interesting/

The year 2000 is so happy and beautiful and peaceful. And we lived in it! And I remember very little except buying a lot of Y2K emergency supplies for no reason.

And if you also love exploring the mansion, you might want to reread this awesome story: https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2013/09/14/its-magic/

And now a bonus tale that I was saving for the year of the U.S. Census, but that will be in 2020 and by then we will all have every Richie Rich story on a microchip implanted in our brains, so why wait?

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With all that staff you would think someone would have discovered the hippie poets in the west wing!

What did you think?

 

Richie becomes a movie mogul and hijinks ensue!

This is a very interesting story that definitely veers off the stereotypical Richie path. Everyone other than Reggie acts slightly different than usual which is fun to see. Enjoy!

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Wow! Who knew Freckles could be so tough? He usually just stands around quite smiley and dopey. Go Freckles! And it’s strange to see him having individual thoughts, ignoring what Richie is trying to do in his quest to beat up Reggie. Usually Richie can say, “Let’s jump off this mountain into a pile of money” and Freckles is a yes man all the way. Maybe the lack of having to look out for his little brother in this story has given him some backbone.

Reggie’s outfit really makes me laugh. He is 10? and dressed like Thurston Howell the third.

The crooks were quite strange too, the one is dressed like a Hollywood agent and the other has a Native American thing going on, but they are both so pleasant. No guns? The kids are just going to hang out and then go home at their leisure and not report you to the estate police? You had to chose the one occupied playhouse of the 100s on the estate? Anyone can casually stroll onto the estate at any time and hole up in a playhouse? Sure, why not! I’m surprised there weren’t some hijinks where they had a gun, but accidently switched it with the onion juice gun and hilarity ensued. But, again, this was not your typical Richie story.

In odd news, I was just double-checking Freckles’ last name as I thought it was “Friendly” and came across this:

http://www.comicvine.com/pee-wee/4005-2687/

http://www.comicvine.com/freckles-fenwick/4005-2667/

Have you ever heard of that being Freckles’ last name? It seems only Comic Vine calls him that. Curious!

What did you think of the story?