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Press Release - April 11, 2006
World's Richest Boy to be Sold at Auction!
Dallas, Texas: "Born" in 1953 as a backup feature in Little Dot #1, Richie Rich, the Poor Little Rich Boy, has become, arguably, the world's most successful comic book character, appearing in over 50 individual titles and over 2,000 individual issues bearing his name, as well as countless guest appearances in other titles.
Richie sprang to life in the pages of Little Dot #1 in 1953, making his debut alongside Little Lotta. Little Dot #6 saw Richie cover-featured for the first time, and, in 1957, Harvey Hits #3 became the first comic fully devoted to the wealthy lad from Richville. Richie was featured again in Harvey Hits #9, but his reception seems to have been lukewarm at best.
It wouldn't be until 1960, and the publication of Richie Rich #1, that the Poor Little Rich Boy would come into his own. Suddenly the floodgates were open and Richie and all his friends were ready to take an eager comic-buying public by storm. Over the next quarter-century, Richie and pals would become some of the most beloved comic characters ever created, appearing not only on the printed page, but on TV and movie screens as well.
"We're very pleased to offer the ultimate in Richie Rich collectibles," said Ed Jaster, Vice President for Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries. "Not only are we presenting the finest-known copy of Richie Rich #1, but we're also pleased to offer, for the very first time, the original cover and interior art from this landmark issue."
"The copy of Richie Rich #1 we're offering in our upcoming Signature auction is a rare publisher's File Copy," Jaster said, "which stands alone at the top of the CGC census with its incredible grade of 9.6. This elusive Silver Age gem is hard enough to find in even Fine condition, so this stunning copy is sure to bring bidders out of the woodwork."
"Perhaps even more incredible," said Jaster, "is the original cover and interior art for this historic issue. The cover is finely rendered by Warren Kremer, Richie's 'father,' while the interior art is provided by Kremer and Sid Couchey, perhaps better known as the creator of Little Lotta. Included in this lot, in addition to the cover, is a 1-page Richie Rich story by Couchey; 'Early to Bed,' a 5-page Richie Rich story by Couchey; a 1-page Pee Wee story with Kremer art; a 1-page Little Dot story by Couchey; 'For the Birds,' a 5-page Richie Rich story by Couchey; 'Uncle Tape's Speedy Fixer,' a 5-page Little Dot story by Couchey; and 'Singing Sensation,' a 5-page Little Lotta story by Couchey. All in all, this is a prize that every Richie fan will want to claim for his or her own."
The Richie Rich the Poor Little Rich Boy #1 File Copy (Harvey, 1960) CGC NM+ 9.6 Cream to off-white pages bears a pre-auction estimate of $20,000 & up. The Warren Kremer and Sid Couchey - Richie Rich the Poor Little Rich Boy #1 Cover and Complete Stories Original Art (Harvey, 1960) carries a pre-auction estimate of $35,000 & up.
Heritage Auction Galleries will offer the Richie Rich the Poor Little Rich Boy #1 File Copy (Harvey, 1960) CGC NM+ 9.6 Cream to off-white pages and the Warren Kremer and Sid Couchey - Richie Rich the Poor Little Rich Boy #1 Cover and Complete Stories Original Art (Harvey, 1960) in their upcoming Comics Signature Auction, to be held May 11-13, 2006 in Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit www.HeritageAuctions.com/Comics.
For more information about Heritage's auctions, and a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit www.HeritageAuctions.com.
Heritage specializes in rare, high-grade comic books, as well as vintage comic and animation art, illustration art, classic toys, movie posters and comics-related collectibles.
Prospective consignors and sellers of top-end comics material, toys, and original art are invited to call Ed Jaster at 1-800-872-6467, ext. 288 or Lon Allen at 1-800-872-6467, ext. 261 to discuss their rare comics and original illustration and comic art. Or visit www.HeritageAuctions.com and click on the "Sell Now" tab. Or simply email Ed Jaster at EdJ@HeritageAuctions.com or Lon Allen at LonA@HeritageAuctions.com.
Music and Hollywood memorabilia collectors should contact Doug Norwine at 1-800-872-6467, ext. 452 or email DougN@HeritageAuctions.com.
Movie poster consignors please call Grey Smith at 1-800-872-6467, ext. 367 or email GreySm@HeritageAuctions.com.
To reserve your copy of a catalog for any upcoming Heritage auction, please contact Nicole Jewell, c/o Heritage Auction Galleries, 3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor, Dallas, TX 75219, or call 1-800-872-6467, ext. 272.
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