Richard “Richie” Rich, Jr. (also known as Richie Rich) is a fictitious character from the Harvey Comic book universe. Alfred Harvey and Warren Kremer developed him for Little Dot #1, who made his debut in September 1953. Richie, nicknamed “the poor little rich boy,” is the only kid of terrifically rich parents and the world’s wealthiest child.
Richie was perhaps the most famous character in Harvey Comics’ heyday (1950–1982), ultimately starring in over fifty separate titles, along with such lengthy comics as Richie Rich, Richie Rich Millions, Richie Rich Dollars and Cents, and Richie Rich Positive Stories.
Ape Entertainment started publishing a new licenced Richie Rich comic series in 2011, carrying the character in a quite distinct, action-oriented direction.
Publication History: Richie Rich Comic
Richie wasn’t given his own title until 1960, despite being born in 1953. Nevertheless, once he did, he rapidly became Harvey’s most popular character, eventually appearing in over fifty different titles. Richie Rich ran 254 issues from 1960 to 1991 (with a break from 1982 to 1986), and with another volume that ran an additional 28 issues from 1991 to 1994. Richie Rich Millions ( One Hundred thirteen issues from 1961 to 1982), Richie Rich Dollars and Cents (One Hundred Nine issues from 1963 to 1982), and Richie Rich Success Stories (One Hundred Five issues from 1964 to 1982) were also lengthy titles. (Harvey stopped publishing in 1982, but resumed in 1986 under new management, resulting in the termination of many titles.) Richie (and many other Harvey characters) have only appeared infrequently since 1994.
Sid Jacobson, Lennie Herman, Stan Kay, and Ralph Newman were among the authors for the Richie Rich marvel comics as well as serialised comic strip. Warren Kremer is Richie Rich’s most well-known illustrator. Ernie Colón, Sid Couchey, Dom Sileo, Ben Brown, Steve Muffatti, and Joe Dennett were among the other cartoonists.
Character: Richie Rich Comic
Richie Rich is presented as kind and compassionate, amidst any negative stereotypes involved with his enormous wealth. (His nickname is “the poor little rich boy.”) He lives in a luxurious villa and has at least 2 of everything money could buy. Richie seems to be somewhere between ages of seven and ten, dressed in a suit jacket, a white shirt with an Eton collar (obstructed by a massive red bow tie), and blue pants. He occasionally goes to school in Richville, his homeland.
Richie Rich Comic: Friends
- Gloria Glad – Richie’s redhead sweetheart, who is notorious for consistently declining the many lavish gifts Richie offers. She is also opposed to displays of wealth. (first seen in Little Dot #33)
- Richie’s snobbish want tobe-girlfriend, Mayda Munny, who never manages to win his attention. Extremely jealous of Gloria, and frequently irritated when her attempts to entice Richie’s attention end up backfiring. Mayda, like Reggie, is a snob who refers to those beneath her as “peasants.”
- Richie’s poor but beloved friends, Freckles and Pee-Wee Friendly (first seen in Little Dot #2)
Richie Rich was modified for the Ape Entertainment comic book series, which debuted in 2011, by emphasising his selfless side: “A combination of James Bond and Indiana Jones with the bank account of Donald Trump, Richie Rich is a charitable traveller who travels the world assisting the less privileged!”
Richie was accompanied by newer versions of his robot maid Irona and butler Cadbury.
The popular culture
- Richie Rich fills the role of his friend Bart Simpson in a video from the (fictional) scene “Disorder in the Court” in a crossover on The Simpsons. In the episode “Three Men and a Comic Book,” Bart and Lisa read a Richie Rich comic book and, recognising the facial resemblance between Rich and Casper, theorise that Richie became dissatisfied with his money and committed suicide.
- Richie Rich and Cadbury were voiced by Seth Green and Richard Rich was vocalised by Breckin Meyer in the Robot Chicken episode “Yancy the Yo-Yo Boy.”