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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org