Guest Blog! An old frenemy returns in The Mysterious Shipwrecks

Yay, we have another story and commentary from Ze Mastor and Richie Rich Money World #16! This is a story I really loved  back in the day and I’m happy to read it again. Enjoy! Comments below are from Zeeeee Mastooooor….N pg1

Oooooh! A Richie Rich mystery! How I loved getting Richie Rich comics with these kinds of stories! Another ship story, this time with shipwrecks and Rich cargo disappearing.

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The ship’s captain starts to tell his story… a weird red lighthouse beam…

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The captain explains that they obediently changed their course and the beam guided them to crash the ship on the rocks. *Sigh*, it’s things like this that makes ya wonder why grown-ups were in charge of anything in Harvey-land. Where does Mr. Rich get these ship captains from? Advertising in the local newspaper? Well, yes! That’s how they got Capt. Manta 6 years before (in 1969) and we all know how well that worked out, don’t we? N pg4

Richie has Bascomb drive him around to random places in town. “That man! I’ve seen him before!”, thinks Richie. Of course! Bascomb’s seedy twin brother. Just look at Bascomb in the panel above, looks just like him. Bascomb’s seedy twin is jowly due to his typical criminal’s diet of junk food, but one can easily see the resemblance. So Richie jumps into a nearby cab and follows the seedy guy, instead of having Bascomb take him where he wants to go (???).

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The guy dashes into a run-down building on the po’ side of town. Richie investigates all by himself and gets a face full o’ chloroform for all his troubles. That’s what Richie gets for not having Bascomb as his backup. It’s not as if the taxi driver was gonna stick around and get involved! When Richie comes to, he finds his old nemesis, Dr. N-R-Gee. Just based on the dialogue, I guessed (back in 1975) that Richie had met Dr. N-R-Gee before, but I didn’t have any other issues with him in it at the time, so I didn’t know the whole story. Thanks reading to this blog, I do now! N pg6

Dr. N-R-Gee drags Richie along for his latest caper. He has an incredibly complicated plan to tow a platform out to sea and have his goons build a portable lighthouse, and then he’d signal ships to crash into the rocks. Even though it would be much easier for him to hijack an actual lighthouse and send his signals from there.

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It can’t possibly be fun for the henchmen to be hauling 6 foot sheets of metal while climbing up ladders, what with the platform bobbing around in the open sea like that. Dropping an anchor does NOT stop objects from moving in the water with the waves. I love the way the ocean waves are beautifully drawn here- you can practically smell the brine and hear the sound of the seagulls.
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I’m really impressed by the bad guys’ ability to stand up straight way up there in the portable lighthouse. The height of the structure would magnify any up/down and side-to-side movement of the floating platform exponentially and toss them around like rag dolls. Meanwhile, Mr. Rich is riding shotgun on his cargo ship, to investigate what’s been happening to his ships. The idiot captain (a different one) insists on obeying the lighthouse signals, even if they’re weird and red. Mr. Rich really starts to regret hiring his ship captains from the classified ads and swears that the next time, he’ll hire someone that actually has a brain.N pg9

Richie distracts Dr. N-R-Gee, causing him to spin around. It’s amazing that the bad doctor didn’t fall over on his own, since we know that lighthouse is swaying and rocking. Mr. Rich’s idiot captain finally gets the clue, follows Mr. Rich’s instructions and sails towards the fake lighthouse.N pg10

Dr. N-R-Gee and his thugs start to panic when they see the cargo ship headed straight for them. Ummm, gentlemen, yelling and waving your fists at a ship isn’t going to stop it. The SS Rich makes a spectacular crash and demolishes the fake lighthouse. Dr. N-R-Gee manages to escape like a half-drowned ship’s rat and makes it to shore, swearing revenge! And indeed, he returns only 6 real-life months later in Richie Rich Money World #20. Can’t keep a good villain down!

Thank you Ze Mastor! I wonder if Richard freaked out when they picked up little Richie from the freezing ocean, having no idea he wasn’t safe at home! Surely Richie has a chip they could be tracking him with.

I’m also curious how Dr. N-R-Gee could drown or breathe or see anything. I’d like an x-ray into that lightbulb head to see if his real head is behind there or how breathing, eating, vision, etc. would work!

If you want to read more Dr. N-R-Gee, click these links below:

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/the-origin-of-dr-n-r-gee-i-e-the-guy-with-the-red-lightbulb-head/

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/dr-n-r-gee-returns/

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2013/12/24/ho-ho-ho-dr-n-r-gee-tries-to-ruin-christmas/

If you missed the Manta story referenced above, click here:

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/exciting-harvey-news-and-guest-blogger-tells-of-richie-facing-the-manta-menace/

And if you like Bascomb dropping Richie off in seedy places with no concern for his well being, click here:

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/deep-thoughts-by-richie-rich/

Have a great day!

Richie, Freckles & Peewee explore the mansion and Richie earns billions in his sleep

Today is another very exciting day in Richieland, I discovered another blog posting Richie stories! Hurrah! And, for those of you Jackie Jokers fans, there are quite a few Jackie stories which makes me happy for you as I completely forget to post about Jackie.

http://funnybookfunnies.blogspot.com/search?q=richie+rich

In other genres I forget about, the last blog with the Manta Adventure Story from Ze Mastor made a lot of you very giddy so I will look for more adventure stories to post. In great news, another guest blog from Ze Mastor is coming soon!

And, there is still another amazing thing! I found a Richie explores the house story I’ve never read! Oh happy day! And a one-pager! Enjoy!

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What a house! They have barely scratched the surface! I do think with all the 100s of servants working there, one could stagger their off days. But, what do I know of running a mansion? And if you wanted to know more about PeeWee not speaking, click below:

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/peewee-actually-talks-and-reggie-hangs-with-the-peasants/

If you’re like me and love Richie exploring the house stories, click below!

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2013/09/14/its-magic/

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/oh-happy-day-richie-explores-the-rich-mansion/

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/richie-finds-a-stowaway-in-the-mansion-plus-some-richie-dollars-and-census/

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2015/08/14/2-year-anniversary-woot-woot-and-richie-gloria-discover-the-art-room/

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/the-legends-were-true-richie-rich-meets-the-new-kids-on-the-block/

This one-pager below makes me smile, I love when adults don’t realize who they’re talking to and Richie gets some disrespect. Although, it clearly states the mines belong to Richie so these guys need to read!

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Phew! That would have been terrible for a normal person that would be bankrupt after blowing half a million. But, Richie made a profit while asleep, those are some excellent genetics!

Have a great day!

Exciting Harvey news and guest blogger tells of Richie facing the Manta Menace!

VERY VERY EXCITING NEWS in Harveyland! Casper and Hot Stuff and even dear Richie are coming back! Two different publishers are involved, one will do reprints of old material (at this time, not Richie, sob!), and one will be new material drawn in new designs.

See below from Harvey Historian Mark Arnold:

NEW HARVEY COMICS UPDATE:

  •  Joe Books AND American Mythology are BOTH allowed to publish Harvey Comics. Here’s how it breaks down as I now understand it:
  • The American Mythology agreement is for Casper and his associated characters (Wendy, Hot Stuff, Spooky, Nightmare, Ghostly Trio, etc.) They are allowed to reprint old Harvey comic book material and are trying to keep everything similar in spirit and design to the old Harvey Comics and is based upon the comic book Casper.
  • Joe Books’ agreement allows them access to all of the Harvey characters, but they have to be done in new designs and not the classic Harvey designs. They can do all of the Harvey characters, but apparently the Casper-related characters are based upon the animated versions and not the comic book versions.
  • To clarify also because people always ask. Universal Studios now owns Classic Media which owns the Harvey characters like Casper and Richie Rich.
  • The Harvey family STILL owns the rights to Sad Sack and The Black Cat. They can license all characters out together or separately, so the way that they did it can make it so two publishers can and are publishing the Harvey characters at exactly the same time.

For articles on the above, check out these links:

http://www.cbr.com/casper-the-friendly-ghost-comics/

http://comicbook.com/2017/02/23/richie-rich-casper-and-other-harvey-comics-characters-to-be-revi/

http://www.newsarama.com/33292-casper-richie-rich-and-more-harvey-heroes-return.html

Dan Parent (of Archie fame) posted what his version of the Harvey characters will be, I am really excited about these! So cute!

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HOORAY! 2017 may be another 2012 with Richie and Harvey everywhere! So exciting!!!

And now, drum roll please….a guest blog! Hurrah! I don’t have to listen to myself! Thank you Ze-Mastor for sending us one of his favorite stories from Success Stories #23. Enjoy!

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Commentary by Ze-Mastor:

Pg 1: Yay! This is looking like a new Richie Rich adventure! Check out your new crew, Richie. And make sure your Dad has a copy of the crew manifest. Who knows what will happen?
Pg 2: The Riches advertise for crewmen in the classified ads in a newspaper? And… don’t they already have a Captain? The guy in the black jacket on page 1?
Pg 3: Uh oh! Richie, you know that Manta is bad news, just based on how he hisses!
Pg 5: Let’s advertise to any passing ships that we’re pirates. We’ll lose the element of surprise, but that doesn’t matter.
Pg7: Yarrr! We don’t know what that other ship is carrying, but we’re pirates! Let’s ignore the idea of holding Richie Rich for ransom and make our money by petty larceny.
Pg10: Those are some suction cups! Not only do they support the weight of two people, they can stick and unstick at will! Now, why haven’t we invented anything like this that really works, 45+ years later? Look at all that cargo! Nevermind how long it may take to fence it all off. There’s gotta be a market for fake electronics and toys made in China painted with lead-based paint, right? And wait! See that sailor with a pistol in his belt? Take some names, Richie!
Pg12: Very clever, Richie! Let’s see how Manta takes it.
Pg13: Owwwww! Froggy, ol’ boy, Manta is sure a hard boss to work for, eh? And look, another sailor on guard with a rifle. Where did these extra goon squad guys come from? Hold that thought! Richie is bringing some canned spinach, so he can Popeye his way out of this? Let’s see!
Pg14: Help is coming, but wow, Manta finally has the clue that he can leverage the kids as hostages and get away with all of that piracy!
Pg 15: The good guys won! How did you find out about us? Well, since you raided several ships and didn’t sink them, they simply radioed us and sailed back to port and reported it. And, since you have a pirate flag flying, and we all know what happened on the Oceanic… oops, scratch that… it’s all because heroic Richie Rich painted that message on the side of the ship. Oh, and by the way, Richie said to get the crew manifest and arrest EVERY ONE of those blighters. They were the HIRED crew of Richie’s father to sail his yacht. They SAW Manta and his 2 thugs take over, and engage in acts of piracy and kidnapping, and they went along with it and JOINED IN! They aided and abetted Manta by navigating for him, going on guard duty for him, had access to firearms and used them in his service, against all maritime law and against the wishes of the ship’s owner and his family. Is there a problem with that? Aye! ARREST THEM ALL!

 

Thank you so much for guest blogging! I love reading other people’s thoughts! And I’m so happy you posted this because Richie using the suction cups has been in my head for years and I didn’t remember why. This is not the type of story I would have been into in the olden days (too boy for me), but because it had Gloria, I do remember reading it!

And the Manta saying, “Shut up, stupid kid!” to THE Richie Rich makes me chuckle.

Have a great day and be so excited we will soon have some non-browning and crumbling Harveys to read!

Richie helps Mr. Glad and Reggie helps himself to some thorns

We’re going back in the Wayback Machine to some early Richie from the Richie Rich Relics comics. I love how cute they are drawn in the early days and I’m so grateful for these newer versions because my early Richies are brown and crumbling.

This first story is yet another one where in today’s world Richie would be considered a Gloria stalker, but back then we just thought it was cute. Although I can’t imagine Harveyville is very far from Richdale, surely it’s just a yacht length away!

(*If you don’t get that hilarious reference, you will further down the page!)

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Oh the olden days, when we didn’t know what hot dogs were made of!

And if you like tales of Richie trying to control Gloria’s life, you will like the second story here:

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/happy-valentines-from-richie-and-gloria/

And now for the yacht reference, I can’t find my color version of this so I apologize for the black and white.

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Waahaa! Now you get the hilarity!

And now to a one-pager, I love when Richie is dressed in his “poor” clothes. All those destitute kids wandering around in the 50’s with striped shirts instead of tuxedos, it was easy to spot the lower class indeed.IMG_2412.jpg

Did you see their names in the window? Hee hee! Richie should have brought his denim and rhinestone checkbook case to go with his attire.

And if you like stories of Richie in non-fancy clothes, see here:

https://wordpress.com/post/richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/1026

And now to something I really enjoy, when Richie gets to stick it to Reggie. IMG_2413.jpg

And there’s more where that came from, here’s a great story where we can sneer away at dumb ‘ol Reggie. As Freckles would say, “WHEEEEE!”

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Reggie made an incredibly well planned fake treasure map. He missed his calling as a cartographer. I like when Richie doesn’t try to be nice and include Reggie despite his jerkness. He just says “So long sucker!”

If you like stories of Reggie getting trounced, see here:

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/its-time-for-a-richiereggie-snowball-fight/

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/peewee-actually-talks-and-reggie-hangs-with-the-peasants/

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/surprise-surprise-reggie-van-dough-acts-like-a-putz/

And if that’s not enough, just search Reggie in the search box by the magnifying glass at the top of this page for more stories. Have a great weekend!

Cadbury attends the Butler’s convention and Richie gets a forcefield

Whoops! I have been neglecting this little blog, time to get my Richie hat back on!

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Gadzooks, I’m happy when I find an old $5 in my jeans!

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This doctor knew where his bread was buttered, no “lose some weight, eat better, exercise more”.

This next story is from the defunct Richie Rich app and is one of the many stories where Cadbury hangs out with other butlers. They never seem to mind that he wins every butler contest!

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Wow, Mrs. Rich made some tarts all on her own? That is more shocking than Cadbury standing on his head unassisted! In interesting news, butlers don’t look like Cadbury anymore, see below:

http://www.butlerschool.com/

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What an amazing invention! You could strap it on your child or even your baby and never worry about them getting hurt! Maybe this woman had a prototype and that’s why she wasn’t worried about sending her baby off a cliff with a cardboard.

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/richie-and-bascomb-meet-the-worlds-most-laid-back-mom/

Happy Holidays!

 

 

Our 3 year anniversary, the Richie Rich app, and Richie & Reggie take a trip around the world!

THREE YEARS!! WOOT WOOT!

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And, on this momentous occasion, let’s take a little trip back in time to the magical year, 2012, when Ape/Kidzoic reprinted Richies and Richie Rich made his short-lived grand comeback.

I fell back in love with Richie Rich in early 2012, having visited my parents’ house and discovered my old comic stash in the closet. I had no idea that 2012 was a Richie Rich zeitgeist that hadn’t existed in 20 years and that would end quickly due to Ape’s financial problems.

I started my love fest by heading to the comic book store where they directed me to the new Ape/Kidzoic GEMS and the giant Richie Rich Dark Horse collection (only $20 back then). Did I appreciate how lucky I was to walk in and buy Richie Rich comics? No! I had no idea they hadn’t been in production since the early 90’s! Try to find Richie in a comic book store today and they look at you like you have three heads.

But, I still wanted a portable version of Richie because as a child, I always brought Richie Rich comics to read in the doctor’s waiting room. Even today, as I walk into any appointment, I start craving a RR comic.

This is what led me to think, “Hey, it’s 2012, surely every single Richie Rich comic has been scanned into the internet and I can read them all on an app on my phone!” I went to the app store and sure enough, there was a Richie Rich app! Again, I had no idea how lucky I was to download it then nor that the app would be defunct by the end of 2013.

The app featured the new 2012 version of Richie and Dollar and looked like this:

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Once you clicked on the app, it showed all the Richie comics you had downloaded. I downloaded 12 of them, there were 4 others, but one was Crashman & Rippy which I hated, and the other three I believe were the new 2012 Richie. Each issue was 29 pages long, plus the cover and had NO ADS and no Lotta or Dot. Just Richie. The negative was that only the first story (a five pager) was in color, the others were all in black and white.

The app does still work on my very ancient ipad, I can’t download anything new as the app isn’t supported, but I can read what I already downloaded when it doesn’t crash. This is what it looks like:

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For more information on the greatness that was the Richie Rich app, click below:

http://www.animationmagazine.net/vfx/richie-rich-comics-go-digital/

The reason for my trip down memory lane is that I found today’s story on the app, but I didn’t feel posting a black and white story would be very exciting. Then, a few weeks ago, I pulled out a 2012 Gems and there it was in color! So, enjoy this awesome story of Richie and Reggie traveling across the world in beautiful digitized Technicolor! And stay tuned for a 3rd anniversary present at the end..

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Richie’s in a baby carriage with a parachute!! And the rules seem odd, you can’t be on a train, yet you can be pulled by a train. I love Reggie’s French! And I’m curious to know what the farmer will do with motorized skates. How will that help on a farm? Perhaps he is building a roller disco next to the farm.

And now to your present! You may not have noticed, but adult coloring books have become all the rage in the past year. It is a great stress reducer. So, I am adding some black and white pages of this story from the app which you can print out and whenever you’re feeling stressed, just color a panel in! It’s like a free massage!

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/06/health/adult-coloring-books-popularity-mental-health/

And if there is a page you really want to color that I didn’t post, just let me know. I’d love to see your finished work if you do color a page in. Have a great day, happy anniversary, and thanks for being a fan club member!

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Chicka chicka boing slam rowf and the laughing oysters of Goombi island!

I’m so happy with this first story as a reader had asked about it looooong ago and I just finally found it and can post it! I have posted more mystery Richie questions at the end of this blog so maybe you will know where I can find these stories and make another Richie reader happy!

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What a fun story, very different than the usual Richie fare!

And now to a few one-pagers featuring Mrs. Rich’s obsession with jewelry. I don’t get the non-stop jewelry buying, but at least she finds practical uses for her things and helps the economy!

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And now we see that Regina’s obsession takes some poor little clams away from their homeland; but hopefully they find happiness on the Rich estate.

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Poor little pearls, their new home just comes with threats on their lives. But, their misfortune equals necklaces for everyone!

Also, in case you didn’t notice, I posted two blogs last month at the same time so in case you only read the top one, there is a great story in the second one where you get to meet Cadbury’s family!

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/cadbury-can-do-anything-and-meet-cadburys-family/

And, if you’d like to help out in Richie detective work, I’ve had requests for the following stories and I have no idea where they would be. If you know, let me know!

•  A story in which Richie gets kidnapped and replaced with someone who looks exactly like him. A security guard also talks to the real Richie before he is kidnapped about the big night coming up, thinking he is lookalike Richie.

•  Richie and Gloria are walking in the mansion and they pass by a mouse hole decorated with jewels. Gloria is appalled, Richie pretends it’s just that his mom dropped a broach on the floor.

• Richie walks into a shop that does skywriting and the man calls him “Sonny”. Richie replies, “My name isn’t Sonny, it’s Richie Rich.” and the man realized he messed up the message that he had skywritten for Richie. Maybe a message for Gloria?

• What is Bascomb’s full name?

• Adventure story where Richie and Mr. Rich are in a snowy area (perhaps a ski lodge) and are sitting at a table and Richie is drinking coffee and eating a hamburger.

Have a great September! And as always, comment with your thoughts when you have time because I love reading what people think of Richie stories!