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?

Richie Rich and a Mr. Rich doppelganger nearly go down in flames!

Hurrah! We have a guest blogger, the wonderful Jonathan Sternfeld of The Harvey Mercheum!

I am so happy when we have guest bloggers because I love hearing other people’s thoughts on Richie. My thoughts are generally, “I love this story!” so any other insights make me giddy! Enjoy!

When many people think of Richie Rich stories, they think of several pages of nonsensical action culminating in a panel with everyone who was in the story guffawing over some bad money pun. While many such stories appeared around the peak of Richie’s popularity, there is a wealth of stories that do not fit into that mold. Gloria has been doing an excellent job of presenting these better stories, and I thank her for letting me guest post one of my favorites here.

Richie Rich action stories started simple, with themes like Richie fist-fighting the neighborhood bully. This grew into battles against a constant stream of no-name con men, robbers, kidnappers and impersonators. Eventually super-villains emerged, such as the Onion and Dr. N-R-Gee. Then, to cash in on the superhero craze, Richie became Super Richie (and then later SupeRichie). I never cared much for SupeRichie with either spelling, but I did enjoy the other types of action stories.

I would like to share a ten-page action story, divided into two five-page parts. Interesting note: the two parts actually have different titles, instead of just being “part 1″ and “part 2″ of the same title. Part one is entitled Dad’s Double, and part two is The Five Million Dollar Robbery. The story appeared in Richie Rich (first series) #48, Bank Book #13 and Millions #34, but it is the cover story for the reprint issue Richie Rich (second series) #17, with new cover art.

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So here we have a story with Richie at his best. He is brave, resourceful, perceptive and, at the end, kind. He is also at his worst, playing the vigilante instead of getting help. He should have tried to get his mother, Cadbury or someone to back him up, or at least tell someone else about his concerns. This behavior almost gets him killed.

This is one of few stories I remember reading the first time. I found it very dramatic and moving, and I cannot think of another Richie Rich story I felt as strongly about. The only suspension of disbelief is right at the beginning, that such an exact duplicate of Mr. Rich could exist. Once you accept that, the rest of the story moves along quite well. I wish the duplicate had become a regular character. He could have been a body double for Mr. Rich at dangerous events, or they could have done a humorous story with Mr. Rich in two places at once.

I hope you all enjoyed this story, and I would like to thank Gloria again for letting me share it with you.

Thank you Jonathan for sharing, what a great story! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR RICHIE FANS!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from Richie, Cadbury, and Santa!

imageHappy Holidays from the Riches!

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I will try not to notice that Richie is two inches from severing his head with that helicopter. AAH!

Let’s begin with a fun little stock market one-pager…

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“Get a few of the boys” makes me laugh! Like Woody, Pierre, Bascomb and the other old boys. But, not Cadbury as he clearly did not exist yet in Richieland.

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Cute little concussed Richie!

And now to the main event, ho ho ho, and Merry Reading!

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It’s odd the other boy thought Richie was a “big kid”. His head and thighs may be large, but surely he is younger than this tall, skinny lad. Who completely reminds me of Jughead Jones! Did you think that too? Must be the Jughead crown hat.jughead

And faux Jughead’s father was so angry and scary! If only his dad had witnessed the Christmas miracle, maybe he wouldn’t be such a meanie. At least his child now has a warm coat.

I love how the real Santa doesn’t even bother to give Richie anything, he sees the tuxedo and just says, “Why don’t you help me distribute as you clearly don’t live in this hood!”

Happy Holidays and give me a present by commenting and telling me all your Richie thoughts!

 

It’s time for a Richie/Reggie snowball fight!

It’s time for some Reggie stories! Why Richie is so nice to him, I will never understand, but I suppose it’s not as if Richie has such a huge pool of friends to draw from. If Freckles, Peewee, and Gloria are busy, all he has is Reggie!

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I wonder if Richie had to pay these Harvey folk off to attend the party because I doubt anyone truly wanted to be there for Reggie’s sake!

And now, a super fun snowball fight!

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Speaking of paying people off, I wonder if Joe helped Reggie out for free? It appears Richie didn’t pay Jimmy, but methinks there must have been something in it for him. Perhaps a new stadium!

My baseball knowledge is extremely limited, but are the names “Joe Retch” and “Jimmy Harrison” puns on some actual baseball player names? I can’t find any information on the greatest rapid-fire anybody on the web.

Are you a fan of the Richie/Reggie fight stories?

What is locked in the Rich Maximum Security Vault?

I am going a bit girlie with the story today, but it has some James Bond intrigue for the boys!

But, first I’ve run across two panels recently that made me laugh. First, we have the pots calling the kettle black in this Lotta cartoon…

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Yes, SHE’S fat, but you two guys are clearly fitness instructors! Look in the mirror much, do we?

And, in case you missed it, here’s more on 70’s style plumpness:

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/the-70s-when-calling-people-fat-was-no-biggie/

And then, this little gem that in the real world would cause a huge male/female divide.

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Mrs. Rich might be saying, “How interesting, Cadbury!”, but what she means is, “OH, SO YOU’RE SAYING I’M FAT!!!!” This just made me giggle because in real life Mrs. Rich would be glaring at Cadbury for days and he would have no clue why she was mad.

And now to an interesting little counterfeiting tale…

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I don’t quite get why it would be a big deal if Mr. Rich bought the treasury. He seems like a delightful man to work for!

And now to find out what is in Mr. Rich’s Maximum Security Vault!

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Aw, wittle Richie as a wittle baby. So cute! I don’t know why you need all the security measures though, no crook in the world would have any interest in baby Richie pics. And surely the sharks are robot sharks? Or perhaps one of the 600 Rich mansion employees are assigned as shark caretakers.

I think this story must have inspired the end of the Richie Rich movie. SPOILER ALERT: After the scene below, the bad guy discovers the vault is just filled with memories and keepsakes, no money.

Aaaah! I just watched the entire end of the movie again and remembered why I hate the end of this movie. The bad guy (Van Dough) and the Rich’s head of security try to murder the Richs multiple times, try to murder Richie and his friends and CADBURY multiple times, and shoot Richie in the chest at point blank range, again multiple times. Yet, at the end these two men are prisoners working at the Rich estate with only one Department of Corrections officer in charge of them. Why????!!! Why could not they show them in some jail in the middle of nowhere at the end? Why would you have two people who try to murder your child (and yourself) on your estate? There are two of them, they could easily overpower the one DOC officer who has a gun! AAAAAHHHH, I CAN’T TAKE IT!!!

What did you think of this story or of the movie?