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Richie Rich: The Poor Little Rich Boy (Harvey Comics Classics, Vol. 2 ) Paperback – November 6, 2007

3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; First Edition edition (October 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159307848X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593078485
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Really, really enjoy this book.

To paraphrase the quote, I had as much fondness for Harvey Comics as I did my superhero titles. As a child, I got every bit as excited seeing a Harvey title as I did any of the Marvels or DCs. Their bright four-color covers were only a preview of the goodness waiting inside.

When I was a kid, it was an excellent time to be a comic fan. Not only those mentioned above, but also Archie, Dell/Gold Key (which was a treasure in and of itself, what with all of the Disney, Hanna-Barbera, TV tie-ins, etc., under the same umbrella!), Charlton, Atlas, have I listed them all? Whatever the case, it was nothing but good times.

Reading a Harvey comic was like having a ice cold lemonade on a sweltering hot day. You could always count on them to give you a great time and a fun read. Fun, light-hearted, whimsical adventures featuring the likes of Richie Rich, Casper The Friendly Ghost, Spooky The Tuff Little Ghost, Hot Stuff The Little Devil, Wendy The Good Little Witch, The Ghostly Trio, The Sad Sack, Stumbo The Giant, Little Dot, Little Lotta, Little Audrey, heck, a "little" bit of everything;).

Under lesser hands, these characters could easily have become one-dimensional, cloying and downright annoying. But Harvey apparently realized this and took their readership on flights of fancy, oftentimes giving us multi-part stories, putting Richie and Casper (sometimes together) in all kinds of precarious situations.

Richie, in particular, was often aided by the likes of his trusty butler Cadbury, his hardscrabble friends, brothers Freckles, a redhead (also referred to as Tommy in some stories - could possibly have been Freckles' "real" name. Also has been a brunette on occasion.
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Format: Paperback
I liked reading Richie Rich when I was little - a total fantasy title with some fun, clever stories and a nicey-nice nonviolent vibe that many parents might appreciate in these hyper-harsh media-saturated times. How ironic, though, that the book went out of print so quickly and now sells on the used market for ten times its original price... What happened? Did Reginald Van Dough corner the market or something? (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
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As with Harvey Comics Classics Vol. 1 Casper, Richie Rich was the other Harvey Comic I used to read back when I was three or so with my Uncle Joe, and have kept reading them since.

Richie Rich was kind of Harvey's answer to Uncle Scrooge, James Bond, and Batman all rolled into one. Originally starting out as a filler strip for Harvey's Little Dot, Richie Rich was the wealthiest kid in Richville. Except unlike most rich people, Richie preferred playing with his friends Freckles and Pee-Wee, and enjoying the simpler things in life, even though sometimes his wealth and luck unexpectedly interfered.

Another happened to be Richie's love for Gloria Glad, who only loved Richie for himself, not his money. And always would get upset when Richie dared fuss over her. Of course, poor Richie can never win, since in one strip, Richie decides taking Gloria's advice. Regrettably, the time he decides on doing this, Gloria's trying to demonstrate to her cousin how Richie lavishes her with expensive gifts.

Later in the Seventies however, Richie started doing adventures with his butler Cadbury, as Harvey started introducing more serious tales, especially with their 'Vaults of Mystery' title. And as Ernie Colon mentions, later Richie always had some gadget or other to help him get out of tight spots. But still Richie normally used his wits about him and he was the first 'McGyver' long before the series hit television.

In fact, in HCC V2, you'll see how Richie and Gloria deal with modern day pirates after they shangai Richie's yacht and plan on using it for raiding other luxury liners.

Which was what made Harvey Comics so great, though the villains usually implemented firearms and such, Richie rarely struck back using deadly force.
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This is something that was a loooong time in coming! Marvel and DC had been publishing their Masterworks and Archives, respectively, for years. Even Archie got into the act with their Americana series featuring decade-covering volumes filled with reprints of America's favorite teenager and his pals. The Harvey characters finally got their due, even if Dark Horse had to step up as the Harvey name as a publisher is now defunct.

You get plenty of Richie stories in this volume, especially rare stories before the character was granted his own title in 1960. For those of you unaware, Richie Rich began as a backup feature in Little Dot starting in 1953! It would be seven years before the character would break away in his own flagship title with many more to follow (Millions, Dollars and Cents, Success Stories, etc.).

Anyway, I digressed a bit there. Dark Horse did a great job with this production! If you were ever a Richie Rich fan at any time in your life, you have to make this a part of your library. Unfortunately, many of the sellers offering this here are asking for ridiculous amounts! I realize it's out of print, but is the going rate really in the range of $200-$300???

So you might think greedy sellers are the reason I didn't give this 5 stars! Well, you'd be wrong! I was disappointed that this volume is mostly in black and white (very few color pages). Yes, it would have been more expensive to do it all in color, but I would have been willing to pay more for it, even if it meant less pages. Another thing; no follow-up Richie Rich volumes! A lot more Richie stories out there waiting to get this treatment, and the 70s material hasn't even been touched!

Other than that, top-notch! Hopefully asking prices will become more reasonable!
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