Richie Rich and his gold iphone and interview with Weldon Adams

Many of you were interested in seeing the story of Richie and Reggie and their iphones from the 2012 Richie reboot, so I present it below with some other old and re-colored stories from the Winter Special Gems. But, I also wanted to know more about how the reboot came to be and how Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón became a part of it. Luckily, I know Weldon Adams who was the editor of the new Gems and he gave me a lovely interview you can read to answer your burning questions after the story!

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INTERVIEW WITH WELDON ADAMS

How did you get involved in the Richie reboot?

   I was an old friend of one of the Ape Entertainment publishers, Brent Erwin. The Richie Rich reboot was essentially all his idea. He designed all the new looks and the new direction for the series. There was a different editor on the “All-New, All-Different” Richie Rich book.
   I was brought in to edit several other titles, which included the then-unnamed companion Richie Rich reprint title. I suggested picking up the numbering of one of the old titles. I also suggested we get one as near a landmark issue # as we could, so we could celebrate it. We decided Richie Rich Gems was perfect. We picked up the numbering at #44, making issue #50 just a few away. And ‘Gems’ was a good title for a -mostly- reprint book.
   Here’s the part I loved the MOST… It wasn’t -all- reprints. Each issue had an all-new ‘classic-style’ Richie story in it created by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón! Being able to hire those guys to create all new Richie stories was just the greatest! And they were as excited to be working on Richie stories again as I was to be working with them! I am very, very proud of those stories. It’s like they never left the title.
   The publishers, Brent Erwin and David Hedgecock, had worked out an idea to theme my issues to match what was supposed to be happening in the ‘new-style’ Richie book that same month. So I had to lead with a super-hero theme in my first issue. That, of course, meant Super Richie… aka Rippy & Crashman!
Where did you find the artwork and stories to digitize? Is there still a giant Harvey warehouse somewhere?
   As for where I was pulling these reprints from, Ape Entertainment had a deal with the license holder that gave us access to their library of vintage stats of the original art for thousands of stories. To pare it down a bit, we had them send us the stats for every issue of Super Richie and Richie Rich Success Stories that they had. As Harvey Comics reprinted the stories so much, that actually gave us access to stories that originally ran in many, many other titles.
   The stats were not always the sharpest quality, being created decades ago with what is now very outdated technology. So we had them scanned to digital files and then had someone professionally clean up the line art in PhotoShop. This allowed us to represent the art more like it was intended to look, instead of looking like a bad photocopy of a bad photocopy.
The wealth of issues we had to pull from allowed me the freedom to pick stuff that fit the themes I needed.  Namely, super-heroes, haunted castles, pirates, and robots & aliens.
What was it like working with Sid and Ernie?
   Sid Jacobson had already been asked to produce a new Super Richie story, which Ernie Colón would draw. This turned out to be Rippy & Crashman in their original costumes, which was a nice bit of fun. Then I began working with Sid on story ideas to fit the next issues.
   I hired a very talented artist, James Nelms, to digitally recolor some covers, and I reworked the text on them to reflect the new content. Most of the rest of the new color work was done by Dustin Evans.
   So I was simultaneously culling old issues to mine for stories to reprint, getting them cleaned up, getting them colored, getting old covers recolored, working with Sid on new scripts, and working with Ernie on getting the art finished on the new story.
Mostly, things went very smoothly with everyone. I would offer a tweak, such as asking that we call Richie’s phone his MyPhone, and his tablet his MyPad. And asking that they be gold or silver. Richie always had great technology available to him, so it was important to me that we continue that.
   There were only two snags we ran into… The all-new book fell terribly behind. So the whole matching-theme thing went out the window on the first issue. And I had to ask for some significant art revisions on the alien-theme new story in issue #47. I was nervous about asking a man, whose work I grew up reading (both his Harvey and later DC comics), to redraw portions of the story. But Mr. Colón is a true professional and a gracious man. He did so quickly and efficiently. We were able to move panels around so he really only had to redraw a few panels in all. And that is probably the story I am the most proud of now.
Were the new comics successful?
   We got up to issue #48 before low sales made it impossible to continue. I really wanted to hit issue #50… That was my original plan, remember. I had the cover from Richie Rich Diamonds #50 picked out to refurbish as our new Gems #50 cover.
   We did get to do a couple of specials… A Winter Special (snow themed stories), and a Valentine’s Day Special.  Both were tons of fun to produce. Working with Sid Jacobson (writer), Ernie Colón (artist), James Nelms (cover colorist), Dustin Evans (digital colorist), and Deron Bennet (letterer) was just great!
   My time with Ape Entertainment was very rewarding. Working with comic book legends on Richie Rich, and editing other great titles like Strawberry Shortcake, DreamWorks Adventure Magazine, Pocket God, and Temple Run, was very special. I had fun, learned a lot, and I think we turned out some great comics.
Thank you Weldon!

Happy New Year and Richie enters a very strange dream machine with Casper

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hope everyone’s year is off to a great start and hope you all got to sleep in because your brain will need to work overtime to follow along with this wacky story!

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Well. Indeed. What to say about this story, I have no idea. It was interesting, I’ll give it that! And I like supermodel Regina’s look, but do not like stupid Mayda slapping my Cadbury.

And mean Mr. Rich, he always scares me, even as an adult. YIIISH!

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And here is the sun that our dear fan club member Steve remembered from the olden days. It is quite beautiful!

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It’s funny; the tiny, artistic details we remember from these Richie stories that we first read so long ago. Like Stevie Strange’s whiskers that stayed with me for most of my life!

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/mr-rich-for-a-day-and-i-discover-what-whiskers-are/

All in all, I am quite happy no one has invented a machine like this because your dreams should be just for you! Were anyone else to see them, they would think you were a psychopath! What did you think of this acid trip story?

 

 

The sad tale of when an amnesia ray causes Richie to get yelled at by his parents

One of the great things about Richie stories is the loving relationship he has with his parents. One does wonder why the Riches only had one child with all their wealth and hundreds of staff, but perhaps they foresaw the wrangling and fighting that always accompanies extremely rich siblings running the family empire so they figured this was best.

In this story though, we see the scary side of Richard. I remember hating this story when I was young because he SCREAMS at poor Richie. Even Cadbury is a jerk. But, it is all because they have amnesia, so read on to discover how this strangeness occured…

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Oh, how I hate this frame!!!

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WAAA! Poor Richie!

And, if you like reading stories where Richard is a big meanie, check out:

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/mr-rich-doesnt-get-his-sleep-and-madness-ensues/

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/grumpy-old-school-richard-rich/

In other news, it is interesting that not only does the ray cause Amnesia, but the Memory ray also turns your hair from orange to blonde!

How weird was it to see Cadbury sticking his tongue out? Such a rapscallion! But, we have seen him ill-behaved before:

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/cadbury-the-perfect-butler-gets-emotional/

What did you think of this frightening tale?

 

 

 

The Secret of Wildmoor Castle

Today we have another tale in the genre of “random relation of Regina Rich/Vanessa van Dough pops up out of nowhere and has Richie/Reggie compete for ownership of the castle/money/a secret”. I love this type of story because any time Richie explores a house, I am a happy gal!

I do find it strange that they never actually show Regina or Vanessa saying hi to these long lost relations. And surely as these families are so old, they must have many branches leading to more relatives than just Reggie/Richie to distribute their wealth too. Those kids are rich enough! But, I suppose the poorer relations might not understand the upkeep involved in mansion ownership. Enjoy!

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Richie and Cadbury are so jolly in the beginning, playing with whips and guns and bolos like it’s a water balloon fight. And it explains why Richie is so good at escaping bad guys.

Does anyone else find it creepy that one of REGINA’s ancestors in the portrait is a dead-ringer for her husband? Methinks there might have been some crossed DNA lines in Richie’s family tree.

And if you liked this story, here’s another one in the same genre you may have missed:

https://richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/richie-and-reggie-search-for-uncle-hyders-fortune-and-freckles-and-peewee-turn-down-the-chance-to-be-millionaires/

Do you like this type of story? Any favorites?

Dr. N-R-Gee Returns!

I’ve been getting a bit girlie with my posts as of late, so I thought I would flip over to the boy side and serve up some hot and red Dr. N-R-Gee. I never liked the action and adventure Richie stories for the most part when I was young, but I always like Dr. N-R-Gee stories. Maybe because he didn’t have a face to scare me like the Condor. Enjoy!

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Ah Richie, if only you hadn’t worn your pointy go-go boots, the raft may not have busted. But, then you wouldn’t have been able to save the world, so excellent fashion choice. It appears Dr. N-R-Gee has never seen a Bond film to know that telling your enemy every detail of your evil plan always backfires.

And if you like Dr. N-R-Gee, there’s more where that came from, see 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/2013/12/24/ho-ho-ho-dr-n-r-gee-tries-to-ruin-christmas/

Are you are fan of Dr. N-R-Gee stories?

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?

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?

 

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!

 

Breaking Richie Rich news! Plus Richie meets Jackie and “This is your Life” pt. 2 for Richard Rich!

ALERT ALERT ****BREAKING RICHIE RICH NEWS****HOT OFF THE PRESS****

Never thought we would have new Richie news! Richie Rich is coming back to TV in a live-action series! Read below:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/10/29/richie-rich-tv-show-coming-to-netflix

http://www.sneakpeek.ca/2014/10/netflix-has-ordered-half-hour-comedy.html

How exciting! I will definitely be checking it out, I wonder if any of our favorite gang will be featured as well. Cad-bur-y! Cad-bur-y!

And now we have another “This is your life” story which is very important as it’s the first time Richie and Jackie meet and begin their pun-filled palling around. Enjoy Mr. Rekoj!

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What do you think is the pun with Phil Phoop? It’s interesting that small-headed Richard produced large-headed Richie. Perhaps it is all from Regina’s gene pool.

I wonder if Jackie (or his clone father) was loosely based on Davy Jones. Jackie debuted in 1973 and the Monkees had been around before that. They certainly look and dress alike!

How strange to see Cadbury not behaving like the perfect butler! What did you think? And what do you think of a new Richie Rich TV show coming?

President Richie, pigeons, and the Presidente of El Squalid!

Today we have one of my favorite stories, but first, let us turn our eyes to this new development in Richieland:

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/cartoon-culture/joyrich-and-dreamworks-team-up-for-richie-rich-clothing-collection-103463.html

Not my cup of tea, but I am happy someone still cares to produce items with dear Richie.

And, in case you missed it, another company produced Richie clothing that was more up my alley in 2012, but I don’t like the big Mishka on everything. I do need to look into the baseball hat though, that looks fun!

http://www.formatmag.com/fashion/mishka-harvey-comics-2012-capsule-collection/

And now to a cute Cadbury/Richie love-fest.

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I doubt that most rich people would find it “cute” that their offspring is behaving like the help. But, that is one of the many reasons we love Richard and Regina.

And now, from Richie Rich Riches #18, the very fun tale of Richie and Cadbury heading off to El Squalid!

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I think they need to check the credentials on the UEOA kids. Nary a tuxedo among them! I’m skeptical they live on estates. 🙂

I’ve always loved this story, yet as a kid, I did not get the “Estates” vs. “States” difference. I thought Richie was voted President of the United States and I did not get why everyone kept making funny faces when he talked about being President. Nor why the guy at the end was shocked President Richie was the reason he was helping El Squalid. But, now that I get it, I like it even more!

Abraham Lincoln was defeated? Hee hee. Do you remember this one?