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Richie Rich GEMS #47
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January 29th, 2013 by Rusty

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Richie Rich GEMS #47 cover

Richie Rich GEMS #47

Date: 2012
Publisher: KiZoic (an imprint of Ape Entertainment)
Cover Price: $3.99
Stats: 28 color pages plus one house ad
Writers: Sid Jacobson, Ralph Newman, Lennie Herman, Tom DeFalco
Artists: Ernie Colon, Warren Kremer, Sid Couchey, Armando Zanker
Notable Notes: An issue about aliens and robots!

New and Classic Richie Rich Stories!

I bought this issue along with Richie Rich: Rich Rescue #5 so that I could try out both new Richie Rich titles from KiZoic. While that one features the new look of the modern Richie, this one sticks with the classic style, and includes new, original stories as well as digitally re-colored old ones. I was impressed with the modern Richie Rich, so let’s see how this one stacks up shall we?

Synopsis:

This issue of Richie Rich GEMS contains 8 stories, 4 of which are regular length with the others being short 1 or 2 pagers. The main story, “Aliens Have Landed” is new material but drawn in the classic style. It is about aliens that have taken over one of the Rich’s stores and is demanding money. This is followed by several older stories which have been cleaned up nicely and look great. These include some great stories involving Richie’s friends and servants. One of the stories, “Zod” is similar in look and feel to the main story, but still provides some good fun. Finally, this issue wraps up with a new style Richie Rich story written by none other than former Marvel editor-in-chief Tom DeFalco! It is a funny story in which Richie’s mean cousin, Reggie, tries to outsmart Irona the robot maid.

My 2 Cents:

  • While the main story looks great and the artists do a fantastic job of capturing that classic feel, it was kind of strange seeing Mr. Rich working on a laptop and using cell phones! Richie’s “MyPad” was also a funny little modern inclusion.
  • I loved how this issue was themed around aliens and robots! All the bigger stories followed that theme and it was fun to see how they all played out. A very cool idea, and one that I’m surprised didn’t show up in older Richie Rich books.
  • The new material was awesome! I’ll confess that I didn’t think it would be too good, but boy was I wrong! Both of these new Richie Rich books have convinced me to give more of them a try. And my 10 year old son loved them too – I can’t imagine better praise than that!
  • I think its cool that KiZoic picked up the issue numbering where the original Richie Rich GEMS left off. That series ended with #43 back in 1982, and this new series started with #44 a little over a year ago. Now I just need to get those issues too!
  • Overall a great, fun issue, and one which I would highly recommend for kids as well as adults that read Richie Rich books when they were kids!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 4 stars
  • Art: 4 stars
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars

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