Monday, November 22, 2010

RICHIE RICH No. 54, February 1967

Richie Rich was one of my favorite Harvey comics when I was a kid. Richie's extravagant possessions, like the snowball-throwing machine in our second story, were always so darn cool. The magic of the character was his unpretentiousness and generous character. For a rich kid, he was alright. In fact, he was such a nice kid it was hard to be jealous of his toys.


These next three stories are all the work of Harvey-master, Ernie Colón, who always drew the best Richie Rich stories. Whenever I recall my favorite RR stories, it is always Mr. Colón's work that I have cataloged in memory.

Artist identification for today's post was confirmed by Harvey expert & cartoonist, Bill White, and (the man himself via Bill) Ernie Colón! Thanks, gentlemen! 

Reginald Van Dough, Jr. was a great character, if for no other reason that he brought the devil out in Richie!

No one drew Cadbury the Butler like Ernie Colón.

This ad is from the same issue. I love that this speedometer goes up to 50 miles per hour.

Thanks again to Bill White for confirming artist ID; AND for contacting Mr. Colón. For anyone wishing to see some wonderful cartooning, please visit Bill at his blog: Bill White Cartoons!

16 comments:

  1. Ernie Colon is especially amazing when he inks his own work. There is a curvilinear, sensual aspect to it that is lost when others embellish his pencils. His Amethyst stuff is my favorite. As for Richie Rich, you are so true with your remark about him being so nice it's hard to be jealous of him ! The Bill White Blog is really cool, Mykal ! Thanx for the post & the link !

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  2. Lysdexicuss: I'm glad you enjoyed the post! I think Bill's stuff is really cool, too.

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  3. Thanks for the post, Mykal! Harvey comics were always a favorite around my house.

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  4. I always thought it was a shame that artist credits weren't given in Harvey comics...Ernie Colon was always one of my great unnamed heroes.

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  5. Thanks for the plug, Mykal! It's nice to see the Harvey artists getting a little bit of recognition. I wish some group would give Ernie a lifetime achievement award while he was still around.

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  6. Bill: The pleasure was all mine. I really like your stuff. I couldn't agree more regarding a lifetime achievement award for Ernie Colón. I can't think of anyone more deserving.

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  7. Ernie Colon also drew various stories of other Harvey Comics characters, such as: Casper, Little Lotta, Little Dot and Little Audrey (these last three ones, known as the Harvey girls).

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  8. Rod: No doubt about it. Couchey was one of the primier harvey artists. I prefer Colón's Richie, but Couchey's was great, too. Check it out! Sid Couchey's Richie!

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  9. Hello. You seem to be an expert on richie rich comics. Do you happen to know where in the series the story about richie building a dome around the city to keep the air clean and temperate shows up? I want to buy one of the stories that includes it for a friend. Any information you have will be appreciated! Thanks.

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  10. Al: I can't identify that story, but I have forwarded your question to Mark Arnold, the foremost Harvey Comics expert I know. Hopefully, Mark will know the answer.

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  11. Hi, I just started a Richie Rich blog and I added a link to your page. Please let me know if that is not okay with you! Thanks so much and thanks for the great Richie comics!

    www.richierichcomicsfanclub.wordpress.com

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  12. I don't mind at all. I've got you linked in my sidebar.

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  13. Ujenni: No problem - any friend of Richie's is a friend of mine.

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  14. Wow, I have had so much traffic from your site! It is awesome! Thank you thank you!

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    1. I'm glad I could help. Keep up the good work.

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