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The Great Comic Book Detectives #3

Here’s the bit. You, the readers, send in descriptions of comics that you remember vague details from the past and either I, or one of the readers of the piece will use detective work to figure out what comic you’re talking about!

Here’s the third one, courtesy of reader Corey…

Growing up in the ’70s, my political worldview was heavily shaped by three comic influences: Doonesbury (specifically, the collections of Watergate-era strips, since I’m a bit too young to remember Watergate first-hand); Li’l Abner (specifically, one late Sunday strip in which Li’l Abner defines “detente” to Daisy Mae); and — Richie Rich.

One Richie Rich comic in particular, which I’m hoping someone can help me identify, since my original copy is long lost.

The story in question opens with Richie & co. in crashing their airplane in a generic Southeast Asian setting. As they crawl from the wreckage, two guerillas leap out of the jungle, waving rifles. One of them shouts, “Die, insurgent pig-dogs!” His companion, however, grabs his arm and says, “No, wait! This week, *we’re* the insurgent pig-dogs. *They’re* the resurgent swine!” “Are you sure?” “Positive!”

And they both charge, shouting, “Die, resurgent swine!”

I don’t remember the rest of the story, I’m afraid. But, despite not being sure what a “pig-dog” was (much less “insurgent” and “resurgent”), the idea that the sides in a civil war might not be exactly clear cut made a deep impression — to the point where even today, whenever I hear the news from Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, etc., I often wonder who the insurgents and resurgents are this week. [Smile]

I’d guess this book came out between 1974 and 1976, since that was my “Harvey Comics Heyday”; and given the clear Viet Nam influence, early seems more likely than later.

Any thoughts?…

Let’s help him out, folks!

And if YOU have a comic book from the past that you want help tracking down, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

11 Comments

I have no idea….doesn’t sound familiar and I read a lot of Harvey comics in the 70′s before I got hooked on Spider-Man. One thing that I realized later on in life was that in those Boy Scout issues of Harvey comics they had Casper as a member. So you can’t be gay and in the Boy Scouts, but being an undead disembodied spirit is just fine! I can’t recall, but was Hot Stuff the Little Devil ever in those issues as a Scout? That be even funnier.

No idea about the comic, but the bit described is golden.

Jonathan Ehrich

October 20, 2009 at 8:59 am

It seems vaguely familiar to me, and I haven’t read any of those Richie Rich comics. I think it might actually be a Phred from Doonesbury joke, during BD’s Vietnam vacation maybe?

Reminds me of Evelyn Waugh’s satirical novel SCOOP, in which an inexperienced young journalist is sent to cover a civil war in Africa. The paper’s proprietor, Lord Copper, tells him that he expects to read about Patriot victories within two weeks. The journalist asks who is fighting who in Ishamaelia? The foreign editor replies:

“I think it’s the Patriots and the Traitors.”

“Yes, but which is which?”

“Oh, I don’t know that. That’s Policy, you see. It’s nothing to do with me.”

I’ll go out on a limb and say that wasn’t a Richie Rich comic (although I never read one), because I wouldn’t think that the writers would have guerrillas threatening the main characters with death. Maybe a parody of some sort…

Sounds a lot like the Judean People’s Front versus the People’s Front of Judea from Holy Grail.

Dunc,

That’s from Life of Brian, not Holy Grail.

Tales of the Boojum

February 4, 2010 at 12:13 pm

This is a longshot, but I do have a vague and hazy recollection of an issue of Gold Key’s “O.G. Whiz, Boy President of Twinkle Toy Company” wherein O.G. and company travel to a generic South American jungle to settle a dispute between rival toy manufacturers (one of whom was a wacky generalissimo). The scene could have happened in that story.

Tales of the Boojum

February 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Wait, I have more: If I’m on the right track, I’m thinking of issue 6 from 1971 in the stoy titled “General Ponko’s Return.” And it’s “Tikkletoy” not “Twinkle Toy.” http://www.comics.org/issue/202511/.

I’ve read this and it definitely was a Richie Rich comic. Unfortunately all those comics are at my parents house which is a 12 hour drive away.

Found it!

It is from the Richie Rich Dollars and Cents title (they sure did have enough titles for Richie Rich didn’t they?). The issue that contains the story referenced above is #78, with a cover date of March, 1977.

The story in question is titled ‘Rescue Mission’ and comes in two parts divided by a one page story of a toy Cadbury. The scene being remembered is in the second part of the story. Here is the url to the cover: http://www.comics.org/issue/167699/cover/4/

I bet I’ve read this particular comic a hundred times by night-light after my parents thought I had already gone to sleep!

Well, it took 8 months, but it looks like the case of the unknown Richie Rich comic can now be closed.

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