There are some really rich characters in comics like Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor, and then there are the one-percent of the one-percent that make Bruce and Lex’s toys seem like a mere after thought on what could be built and purchased. We’ve seen those with lots of money having leeches family members come out of the woodwork, hoping to get some of that filthy lucre when the rich relative kick the bucket. Which brings us to the Poll of the Week.
Believe it or not, there was a time when the most-seen characters in comics was not Canadian mutant James Howlett, but young multi-millionaire Richard R. Rich II, known to his friends as Richie Rich For the better part of three decades (decades when, it should be noted, comics readership numbered in the millions, rather than the paltry tens of thousands we have today) Richie appeared in multiple monthly titles, crossed over with his friends to support their books, and even got his DOG a starring role that lasted longer than the original run of the Incredible Hulk! Richie’s downfall came in the early 80s, when the median age of comics fans rose to the point where the brooding, violent anti-hero type became the only viable protagonist model. Though he’s popped up here and there in the intervening years, young Richie’s days as top-of-the-card player are probably behind him forever, a realization that makes me inexplicably sad…
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) always found it kind of unintentionally cruel that Richie showed off his wealth in front of poor destitute Freckles like that, asking: What lost or diminished genre of comics would you most like to see make a comeback?
Ape Entertainment and Classic Media, a global media company with a portfolio of some of the world’s leading family entertainment brands including Casper the Friendly Ghost® and Where’s Waldo?®, today announced the digital comic debut of Richie Rich®, “the poor little rich boy,” in the Apple App store. The app will feature the digitally restored and color corrected original master copies of the comic as well as new adventures under the title of Rich Rescue for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
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