Richie Rich (comics)

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Richie Rich
Richie Rich comic No 1.jpg
The cover of Richie Rich No. 1 (Nov. 1960).
Publication information
PublisherHarvey Comics
First appearanceLittle Dot #1 (Sept. 1953)
Created byAlfred Harvey
Warren Kremer
In-story information
Full nameRichard Rich Jr.
Team affiliationsRich Industries
 
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Richie Rich
Richie Rich comic No 1.jpg
The cover of Richie Rich No. 1 (Nov. 1960).
Publication information
PublisherHarvey Comics
First appearanceLittle Dot #1 (Sept. 1953)
Created byAlfred Harvey
Warren Kremer
In-story information
Full nameRichard Rich Jr.
Team affiliationsRich Industries

Richard "Richie" Rich, Jr. (often stylized as Ri¢hie Ri¢h)[1][2][3] is a fictional character in the Harvey Comics universe. He debuted in Little Dot #1, cover-dated September 1953, and was created by Alfred Harvey and Warren Kremer. Dubbed "the poor little rich boy," Richie is the only child of fantastically wealthy parents and is the world's richest kid.

During Harvey Comics' heyday (1950–1982), Richie was the publisher's most popular character, eventually starring in over fifty separate titles, including such long-running comics as Richie Rich, Richie Rich Millions, Richie Rich Dollars and Cents, and Richie Rich Success Stories.

Beginning in 2011 Ape Entertainment began publishing a new licensed Richie Rich comic book series, taking the character in a very different, action-oriented, direction.[4]

Publication history[edit]

Cover of Richie Rich No. 254 (Jan. 1991), the final issue of the flagship series.

Although created in 1953, Richie didn't have his own title until 1960. Once he did, however, he quickly became Harvey's most popular character,[5] eventually starring in over fifty separate titles. The flagship, Richie Rich, ran 254 issues from 1960 to 1991 (with a hiatus from 1982–1986), followed by a second volume which ran an additional 28 issues from 1991–1994. Other long-running titles were Richie Rich Millions (113 issues from 1961–1982), Richie Rich Dollars and Cents (109 issues from 1963–1982), and Richie Rich Success Stories (105 issues from 1964–1982). (Harvey ceased publishing in 1982, but started up again in 1986 under new ownership;[6] this hiatus resulted in the cancellation of many titles.) Richie (along with many of the Harvey characters) have been published only sporadically since 1994.

Writers for the Richie Rich comic books and syndicated comic strip included Sid Jacobson, Lennie Herman, Stan Kay, and Ralph Newman. Richie Rich's most famous illustrator is Warren Kremer. Other illustrators included Ernie Colón, Sid Couchey, Dom Sileo, Ben Brown, Steve Muffatti, and Joe Dennett.

Character[edit]

Despite any negative stereotypes associated with his incredible wealth, Richie Rich is portrayed as kind and charitable. (In fact, his moniker is "the poor little rich boy.") He lives in an expensive mansion and owns at least two of everything money can buy. Richie appears to be around seven to ten years old and wears a waistcoat, a white shirt with an Eton collar (which is obscured by a giant red bow tie), and blue shorts. He occasionally attends school in his hometown of Richville.

Ape Entertainment[edit]

For the Ape Entertainment comic book series debuting in 2011, the character was updated by emphasizing his altruistic side: "A mix of James Bond and Indiana Jones with the bank account of Donald Trump, Richie Rich is an altruistic adventurer who travels the world helping the less fortunate!"[7] The new Richie was joined by updated versions of his robot maid Irona and his butler Cadbury.[4]

Supporting characters[edit]

Rich family[edit]

Van Dough family[edit]

Richie's friends[edit]

Rich employees[edit]

Villains[edit]

In other media[edit]

Animated TV series[edit]

Movies[edit]

Titles published[edit]

Published by Harvey Comics unless otherwise noted

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Richie Rich (Harvey comic book). Page 1". ComicVine.com. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show, Vol. One". Amazon.com. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Richie Rich Feature Film DVD (1994)". Amazon.com. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "'Richie Rich' Comics Return," ICv2 (Oct. 9, 2010).
  5. ^ Markstein, Don. "Richie Rich, the Poor Little Rich Boy," Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Accessed May 14, 2011.
  6. ^ "From the Ashes: Charlton and Harvey to Resume Publishing This Spring," The Comics Journal #97 (April 1985), pp. 15-16.
  7. ^ Solicitation language from Richie Rich Digest Vol. 3: Just Desserts & Other Stories, published by Ape Entertainment. Accessed Dec. 11, 2011.
  8. ^ http://www.comicvine.com/billy-bellhops/29-74604/
  9. ^ http://www.toonopedia.com/tim-time.htm

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