Friday, October 06, 2006

See you in the funny pages

Does anybody else remember these B-list comics fram back in the day? Growing up as a kid, it seems like we always had lots of products from the Harvey Comics stable, such as:

Richie Rich - Just how did the Rich family come into all that money anyhow? Oil? Real estate? Drug cartel? Did Grampa Rich possess compromising negatives of a secret tryst between Cornelius Vanderbilt and J. P. Morgan? All I know is that between them and Scrooge McDuck, there seemed to be a lot of swimming and/or bathing in money.

Casper the Friendly Ghost - As if this comic was laugh-deficient enough, you do realize that a kid had to die in order for this premise to work, right?

Sad Sack - Kind of like Beetle Bailey except without even the benefit of the occasional hotness of a Miss Buxley.

And then there were all the "Little"s
Little Dot
Little Lotta - Because it's always fun to mock the morbidly obese.
Little Audrey
Little Lulu

Sweet fancy Moses, was every prepubescent girl height-deprived back then?! I have no memories of wanting or buying these comics, they were just... there.

I think we must have read them, my sister and I, but I can't recall much about the stories. Actually, the only one I can clearly recall is the one where the Richie Rich family traded all their wealth in for a single $1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bill or some such. Of course, the wind blew it away and the rest of the comic was Richie chasing after it. No mention was made of the utter impracticality of actually using the bill. I mean, not only will 7-Eleven refuse to break a fifty, they can't even open the safe, if you believe the sign on the door. Hell, most days the counterperson can't count back correct change from a dollar. Good luck buying a Diet Pepsi Gulp with something bigger than the GDP of the planet.

So in effect, the Rich family basically became like one of those guys at the bar who claims that, gosh, would love to buy the next round, but all he's got on him is a $1,000 bill.

Hmm, maybe that's how the Rich family got so rich.

I wasn't much of a traditional comics reader. I didn't avidly buy Spiderman, Superman and so on. Comics I do remember actually enjoying circa early/mid 70s included:

MAD (or any of the numerous MAD artist releases, stuff by Don Martin, Al Jaffee, etc.)
Ripley's Believe it or Not!
Horror comics, but I am having a hard time remembering any of the titles. Tales From the Crypt, maybe...

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