Thursday, October 21, 2021

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The Adventures of TinTin and more…

Mark Arnold reaches into the back of his closet to pull out a few more forgotten goodies from Harvey and takes some time to review a title that was the inspiration for the more adventurous Richie Rich stories.


Adventures of Tin-Tin

Herge’s Tin Tin is a character that is possibly more popular now than when the stories were originally created from the 1920s-1970s. He is the inspiration for the more adventurous stories of Richie Rich by longtime Richie Rich artist and writer Ernie Colon’s own admission.

Tin Tin is a boy/teen that globe trots in the guise of a newspaper reporter and ends up solving international crime along with a cast of characters that includes Snowy (Tin Tin’s dog), Captain Haddock, Thompson and Thompson (twin detectives that inspired the name for the popular 80s group Thompson Twins) and Professor Calculus. 21 tales have been reprinted countless times in different formats.

Beyond the highly recommended 21, hardcore fans are advised to seek out “Tin Tin in the Land of the Soviets” and “Tin Tin in the Congo” as well as the film books “Tin Tin and the Golden Fleece” and “Tin Tin and the Blue Oranges”, and the aborted “Tin Tin and Alpha Art,” a tale left in progress by Herge and published posthumously.



Adventures of Felix the Cat

Harvey Comics had published the Adventures of Felix the Cat back in the 50s and when Jeff Montgomery purchased the original Harvey company in 1989, he figured he had the rights to publish Felix again, which he dutifully did. Unfortunately, he didn’t reckon on the son of the original owner (Don Oriolo) stopping him (Don’s father, Joe, purchased the rights to Felix many years ago) and so this series was very short-lived combining reprints from the earlier Harvey series and many from Toby Press. As a result, a planned front cover penned by Todd McFarlane never saw publication.





All-New Comics

All-New is one of those umbrella titles that covers just about everything Harvey was publishing at the time. Kind of a “Showcase” for Harvey that predates their own Harvey Hits.

In this title, you’ll find brand new (for Harvey) stories featuring such Harvey regulars as Joe Palooka or Green Hornet.

This title should not be confused with the similarly titled sampler issue that appeared in the early 90s featuring all new stories featuring the Hanna-Barbera titles (material that ended up being published by Archie, when Harvey ceased all publishing in 1994).

Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at Whew!

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