Richie is kidnapped by the Condor! It’s not actually as scary as you think.

Sometimes Richie villains are comical like the Onion, and sometimes they are quite terrifying like the Condor. In this story, however, the Condor acts like a complete moron and may as well be a circus clown! It’s one thing to fall for the rollarskate prank once, but twice? Oh, Condor! (laugh silently and jiggle your shoulders up and down like it’s the end of a Superfriends cartoon).  Enjoy!

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Oh Condor, you doofus! And wow, those Harvey characters sure know how to have a good time, that party is still going strong!

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Look at Freckles, chatting up Lotta, who knows what romance may have blossomed this night?

What do you think of the Condor? Were you somewhat embarrassed that your younger self found him scary? I was!

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Richie gets the mobsters back together at the old folks home!

It’s interesting that no matter how bad a person was in their youth, when they’re old they get all cute and cuddly again. Such is the case with these vicious mobsters that are just darling and huggable in this fun story!

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I feel like in the first few panels, Richie is saying, “Yeah, yeah, I don’t care, here’s the money, shut up already.” 🙂

Crowbar Moscowitz leaning on Richie is so cute! And I love the exchange with the hippie and the old guy not understanding each other.

Richie is rather brilliant with the sleeping Crowbar handoff and paying off his own kidnapping, again I think he is saying, “Here’s some money, shut up already.”

I don’t know if I’ve seen a story where Richie is outwardly annoyed by anyone other than Reggie, it was interesting to see. Speaking of interesting to see, I would have loved to see Crowbar’s mom. I imagine she looked like this mom from Spongebob:

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What did you think of this fun tale?

The magical 70’s, when an American Airlines plane ride=a free Richie Rich comic!

I remember so well boarding a plane in the late 70’s with my family to go visit Grandma. All of us were gussied up in fancy dresses and suits, for no other reason than because one dressed up to go on a plane. How quaint it seems now! And the best part was waiting until after takeoff, when the plane had leveled off and the stewardesses/flight attendants started walking around taking your lunch or dinner order. Because you were allowed to ask them for a FREE kid’s pack that came with a special American Airlines coloring book and crayons!

But on that particular flight, when we asked the stewardess for our pack, she handed us this:

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A FREE RICHIE RICH COMIC!!! WHAT??????!!! I still can’t look at this cover without it raising my heartrate off the charts. How amazing to get your absolute favorite comic as a gift, just for the price of a measly plane ticket. We were expecting the generic coloring book and perhaps a set of wings after visiting the pilot! But, this special day, I got my very own Richie Rich comic that I didn’t have to share with anyone and I was the giddiest goat that was ever giddy!! What a day, what a moment, such bliss………………

We took one more American flight during the time period of Astro comics (1968-1979) and the second comic was as exciting as the first! The only negative was that the flight home was the same comic. But, it was nice to give to a friend as a souvenir.

I also remember the first time they stopped giving out the comics and getting the coloring book instead and just being devastated. You can’t go back to a stupid coloring book after being given the holy grail!

For more information on Astro comics, do check out the links below:

http://travel.usatoday.com/alliance/flights/boardingarea/post/2012/02/AAdvantageGeek—Weekend-Wayback-Machine-AstroComics-the-American-Airlines-Inflight-Comic-Book/630555/1

http://www.comicvine.com/astro-comics/4050-32623/

Here are a few of the one pagers I remember so fondly, every page in this comic seemed like the best one that ever existed!

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And now, to the nice and long main event. I love this story! Enjoy…

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What a noble ambition, he always dreamed of having a camp for RICH KIDS! And when they find out they have enough money to also invite the plebian children, all they can think of are the tips they will get. Humpf! I do not think the tall counselor should be around kids, he was quite scary, punching dogs, shooting arrows at kids and whatnot.

Hopefully the chief has other avenues of finding kids to come to camp, otherwise, Richie may as well stay home and play in his Indian village playhouse if it’s just his usual gang. And what was the power source for the teepee tv?

On a side note, I think Richie would be the easiest kid in the world to camp pack for, it’s just one outfit!

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Did you like the story? Do you remember getting an Astro comic on the plane?