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Richie Rich Billions #5
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December 3rd, 2012 by Rusty

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Richie Rich Billions #5 cover

Richie Rich Billions #5

Date: August 1975
Publisher: Harvey Comics
Cover Price: 35¢
2012 Price Range: $3.00 (good) – $25.00 (NM-)
Stats: 37 color pages, plus a two-page text story and ads
Writer: ?
Artists: ?
Notable Notes: In which Richie discovers a robot from an ancient civilization!

52 Pages… Really?

So, the cover of this issue shows that it is “52 pages” – which I took to mean 52 pages of story, however that is not the case. Sure, there are 52 pages in the book, but only 39 of them are actual story pages (and 2 of those are a text story!) Nevertheless, I actually enjoyed seeing and reading the old ads – things like Grit, Hostess, American Dental Association, Camp Fire Girls, Cub Scouts and the ever-famous Sea-Monkies! They were quite a hoot I tell ya! I’m sure I didn’t like the ads when I was a kid, but now they amuse me to no end!

Synopsis:

This issue contains six stories – one of which is a two-parter and another is a Little Dot story. The main feature is “The Ancient One” which tells about how after an Earthquake Richie and his dad find a giant robot buried in the ground, who then tells them the story of the evil civilization it came from. This is followed by some stories (some stupid, some OK) which talk about Richie’s long lost uncles, his trip to South America with the butler Cadbury, Little Dot swallowing a whistle, a dumb crook who would rather work than steal and a text story about a gift for his dog Dollar. There are also a few one-page stories that are actually quite funny!

My 2 Cents:

In all honestly, I learned to read using Richie Rich comics. I used to devour them, even when I couldn’t understand the words and would only look at the pictures – I absolutely loved reading them! Of course, now that I am 36 years older I don’t find them as entertaining. This is my first re-read of this issue since being a kid, and I found some (most?) of the stories to be nonsensical and just plain dumb. Oh well, I’m sure they weren’t targeted to a middle aged man, so that probably means kids would really like them. In fact I know that’s true because my young son still loves Richie Rich comics. I’m just glad I can put all these old back issues to use!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 2 stars
  • Art: 3 stars
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars

Where To Get Your Own Copy:

  • You can find a nice used copy of Richie Rich Billions #5 on ebay.
  • You can also get a copy at MyComicShop.com.
  • Sometimes you can find a copy of Richie Rich Billions #5 on Amazon.com too.

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