Thursday, December 01, 2005
Obscurity of the Day: Richie Rich
Found at last! I've known that this feature existed for years, but only from hearsay. I finally found documentary evidence - it ran in the Philadelphia Inquirer for just a couple months in 1979.
Richie Rich was a comic book put out by Harvey Comics starting in 1960. The comic book was very successful, but this strip certainly wasn't. The concept seems like a natural for the comic page, but there must have been some monkeywrench in the works because it took me ten or so years of looking just to find a single paper that ran it.
Maybe those of you who know comic books can help me with the credits on the strip. It is signed "Warren Kremer/L. Herman". Can someone tell me which one is the artist and which is the writer? Does anyone know the specific running dates of the strip? Can anyone verify the existence of a daily version (both daily and Sunday were advertised, but I've only seen the Sunday)?
Warren Kremer (penciller)
ive seen examples of the daily in fanzines (maybe Edwin Murray's Trefoil), but I have no idea if it was samples or from a paper --
(if it was in ELM's fanzine, it should be in the Murray Bros collection at duke U)
If you have other samples, I'd love to see them. I publish a fanzine on Harvey Comics called "The Harveyville Fun Times!" and my website is at http://thft.home.att.net.
You might check with Randy Scott at MSU to see if his library has a Trefoil with Richie Rich ....
(if my files were organized, I could check myself - but I know where the needle in the haystack metaphor comes from)
though his is understandable having
moved a while back. I don't have that
As with the Green Beret note, I can't find my records for Richie Rich.
Will continue to try dig it up.