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Richie Rich & Jackie Jokers #34
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June 28th, 2013 by Rusty

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Richie Rich & Jackie Jokers #34 cover

Richie Rich & Jackie Jokers #34

Date: October 1979
Publisher: Harvey Comics
Cover Price: 40¢
2013 Price Range: $7.00 – $1.00
Stats: 21 color pages plus ads and a 2 page text story
Writers: ?
Artists: ?
Notable Notes: It pokes fun of 2 popular 1970s TV series!

Old TV Shows?

Do you ever watch old TV shows – like from the 1960s, 70s or 80s? I do, especially now that it is so easy to do with internet and video services like Netflix. I think “Bewitched” and “Magnum P.I.” are both still loads of fun to watch! Here’s an issue which brings to mind some of the popular series from the 1970s and makes use of one of the funnest characters in the Harvey universe to do so: Jackie Jokers!

Synopsis:

This issue contains 4 full stories, 1 single page story and a 2 page text story. It starts out with “Practise Makes Imperfect” in which Richie’s fun friend, Jackie Jokers (a.k.a. The Clown Prince of Show Biz!) practises being a detective for his upcoming movie role. He isn’t very good, though, so Riche and his butler, Cadbury, hatch a scheme to cheer him up. “The Fantasy Boat to Love Island” is the excellent main story for this issue, and it displays Jackie and Richie taking on roles of famous TV characters. This parody is full of corny jokes and makes lots of fun of 2 popular TV shows of the time: “The Love Boat” and “Fantasy Island.” The other stories show how the Rich family gets a quiet room built in their mansion and how Jackie displays his talent by disguising himself as many different characters. The text story was a big disappointment in which Richie’s mom and dad reminisce about his days as a baby.

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 4 stars – The “Fantasy Boat to Love Island” story was a blast to read and brought a smile to my face after all these years! The other comic stories were pleasant too, and it was only the text story that really dropped the ball for this issue!
  • Art: 4 stars – I wish that Harvey would have credited the writers and artists for their stories. Whoever they were they did a fine job with this issue. Several times I stopped to notice the simple yet very expressive facial features – especially on Jackie Jokers.
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – Once again the main story really takes the cake for this issue! Reading it for that story alone makes this book a joy to read! Bravo!

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