Some exciting things are happening in Richieland, the first new version of Harvey Hits is due out from Joe Books next week! Ask your local comic book store to order a copy for you!
Also, we received reports there is a Richie Rich themed cocktail lounge that opened in Dallas, TX this week. I’m excited to hear from anyone who goes if it has anything Richie related other than the logo.
There’s nothing very exciting on the website, but there are few more pics of faceless Richie to check out:
And now to our story du jour…Stupid Reggie wants to join the Adventurer’s club and puts Richie in peril! Thank goodness for Cadbury, enjoy!
Oh Mr. Codger! You doofus! I love how Mr. Codger is a.) named Mr. Codger and b.) just handily walks around the estate at the exact right moments.
What a snob Richie is in the beginning. “I invented a time machine.” “Yeah, that’s great and all, but I’m working on my speed of light plane, so it’s kind of a bigger deal than yours…”
Thank goodness for Cadbury, he never panics, just jumps back in time, somehow with a stretch limo and saves the day. And if they hadn’t gotten back to the time machine, I’m sure he could have easily made fire and constructed a mansion and kept Richie in the lap of luxury for most of his caveboy existence.
And now, a cute one-pager!
Hee hee! Have a great day!
Aunt … Noovo Rich? Ha! I love it!
Oh, there are tons of Aunt Novoo Rich stories, but I’ve just realized I haven’t posted any! So thank you for the reminder and I will get to work on that. 🙂
dinosaurs, time travel, richie rich, love all three, and you posted it on my birthday 🙂
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Glad we got you the perfect gift!
The prospect of Reggie Van Dough amok in the timestream makes my blood run cold. Tomorrow we’ll wake up and shoes were never invented but gold is called reggium for no clear reason. I’m going to suppose Richie is just being polite and giving Codger an excuse, because the idea of a ten-year-old “directing construction” of an aircraft (even he is the most bizarrely lucky child ever) makes me similarly nervous.
I’d swear that guy under the rhino’s head at the Adventurers Club later turns out to be a villain in Vaults of Mystery #7, Or perhaps it’s Philip Zimbardo…. (Actually it’s probably Nick Meglin of Mad Magazine. Sergio Aragones liked to slip him into crowd scenes too sometimes. It’s a fun face to draw.)
I love that it took Cadbury about four seconds not only to figure out what that enigmatic heap of circuitry was, but also how to read its settings. Sure it’s a plot convenience, but I wouldn’t swallow it from almost any other character. “My word, the operative principle seems to rely on the opening of a temporal rift of some sort rather than the manipulation of local entropic intensity! More dangerous in some aspects yet safer in others!” I’m not crazy about that ‘Good grief’, though; it seems as incongruous on Cadbury as ‘Yabba dabba doo’. I fully approve that he runs off for a page seemingly just to retrieve his bowler hat!
Award for best single panel goes to “Richie! Help! I tripped!” “You would!” Taken out of context it makes Richie look like a jerk. There’s a lot of good facial expression here. My favorite is “Reggie wants to join the Adventurers Club!” Plus the wide-angle panels, the animal sketches, and the time-travel shots suggest the artist was having a lot of fun with this story. At 15 pages it’s a biggie.
Still too much reliance on Marvel punctuation for my taste. Is there a single period in the whole story? It just seems so shouty.
Waaaahaaaa! I love your description of Cadbury finding the time machine!!!!
Wow, that cocktail lounge is sure taking some chances there! Probably taking advantage of the chaotic state that the Harvey company and its vintage Harvey characters are in. The “outline” of a “famously wealthy cartoon character” without a face and without the name does indicate that this is all being done rather surreptitiously… ya think? LOL.
I read the Wikipedia entry for Harvey Comics, and I’m still scratching my head over who owns the TM now.
I’m not very enthusiastic about the new style of the characters on “Harvey Hits”. They look way too toddler-ish, and the Richie Rich that I knew and loved was an action hero who took on evil geniuses, pirates, criminal masterminds and Freddie Mercury clones! Sorry, but toddlers are a bit unlikely to do these things… sigh… I could give Richie Rich Rescue a try though- at least he looks to be an adolescent in those comics.
That’s Art Baltazar’s hallmark style. He’s been entrusted with some big-name DC (Tiny Titans, Superman Family Adventures) and Dark Horse (Itty Bitty Hellboy) characters, and on his own created Patrick the Wolf Boy. He won’t wreck Harvey but, yeah, the tone is very different from RR Rescue.
Since the new book is for showcasing more than just Richie, I think the choice was right. Hot Stuff and Spooky just come across as dumb if you try to make them adolescent, but work fine as pseudo-kids. Heck, even adding a dash of realism to Sad Sack would ruin it. Richie may be the rare case of a character that can successfully cross over to action…but in that case he’s basically just another Jonny Quest, and we have a few of those already.
And much as I love Sack and friends, I’m glad they don’t seem poised for a comeback. More than Casper or Richie, he was so intimately tied to George Baker’s art style that doing anything but an imitation of that would give us a virtual Beetle Bailey clone.
I wouldn’t say that Richie was being a snob, more like a skeptic. He didn’t believe that the time machine would work until he saw it for himself.
I am not sure about the idea of a Cocktail lounge named after Richie. However, I think it would be awesome if there was a Richie Rich themed restaurant for kids and families.
Harvey Hits isn’t the only reboot of Harvey Comics. There is also a Netflix cartoon show called Harvey Girls Forever, formerly known as Harvey Street Kids, that serves the same purpose. For the first two seasons, there were only three main characters, Audrey, Dot, and Lotta, based on their comic book namesakes. They are accompanied by other classic Harvey characters including Gerald, Lucretia, Tiny and Melvin, along with original characters like Pinkeye, Fredo and Bobby. From the third season onward, a fourth main character comes in and it is none other than Richie Rich. In an episode of season 4, Casper had a cameo alongside his cousin Spooky. And throughout the series there were brief appearances by Baby Huey, Stumbo the giant, and Hot Stuff the little devil.