One of the biggest news items in comics this week was about Stephen A. Geppi donating over 3,000 items from his personal collection to the Library of Congress. This was somewhat sad news to me, because these items had been on display at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum since 2006, but I never got to visit.
Apologies for being so lax in posting new exhibits recently. Today we resume the number 998 short Richie Rich Three Dimensional Stickers with a new hanger and a new sticker sheet. The hanger is orange, and features Richie daydreaming about multicolored bags of money. The sticker of the same art work is right below this image. The most interesting thing about this exhibit, however, is that this is the first item featuring the The Clown Prince of Show Biz, Jackie Jokers!
Guest contributions always take priority in my book, and today we have a nice item from a contributor who wishes to remain anonymous. I have mentioned before that a wide variety of pins were made featuring Harvey comics characters. I have also talked about the difference between pin-back buttons and the thick metal, enameled pins designed as collectibles rather than promotional items. Today’s exhibit is one of the latter, a roughly one inch tall pin of our favorite little devil, Hot Stuff. The contributor mentioned purchasing the pin about thirty years ago at a 7-Eleven store. 7-Eleven is where I used to go at least once a week to check the spinner rack for new Richie Rich comics in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Unfortunately, there is no information on the back of the pin, so there is very little data to go with the exhibit. Enjoy anyway!
Taking a break from the Richie Rich Three Dimensional Stickers today to feature one of the first items in the permanent collection. I thought I had photographed and featured this item a long time ago, but I was wrong. Shoelaces printed with various characters were very popular during my childhood. With the rise of Velcro straps, do kids even know what shoelaces are any more? The paper band around the laces states that they are 40 inches long. I do not know if other lengths were made. To my knowledge, this is the only item that LJN made under license for Harvey. Enjoy!
I am working on getting more guest exhibits for the Harvey Mercheum. In the meantime, I decided to resume the Richie Rich Three Dimensional Stickers. Today we have the same red hanger as the short red Cadbury variant I posted last time, featuring Richie in pain and Dollar the Dog seeming unconcerned. The sticker sheet today is different, featuring Richie’s parents. This is the only sticker sheet I have found so far with Mr. Rich, so I am calling this the “short red Mr. Rich” variant.
It has been a little over a year since I posted the Richie Rich Toon Tumbler exhibit. There has been some discussion about the Toon Tumblers on the Harvey Comics Facebook group recently. Comics historian Mark Arnold mentioned that both frosted and clear versions of the glasses were made. KB Chuck Hines mentioned that he had Little Dot and Hot Stuff, and was kind enough to post photos for me to use here as guest exhibits. Long-time readers of the Mercheum Blog may recall that KB Chuck Hines contributed pictures of the Pop Culture Pin Trading pins back in 2016. Thank you again for your continuing support of the Harvey Mercheum!
I am taking a break from stickers today. I was snowed in on Wednesday, and while I was home, I spent some time going through the permanent collection looking for items that had not been photographed. I found several, including this dog toy of Baby Huey. I had bought him on clearance a while ago at Tuesday Morning. I would like to note that much like the Forever 21 x Alec Monopoly travel case, the backing card credits Classic Media as the copyright holder even though they were DreamWorks Classics in 2013 when this toy was released.
I find it very hard to believe that it was back in October that I posted the first of the Richie Rich Three Dimensional Stickers, and started working on a way to differentiate the variants. Where does the time go? And here we are in February, and I have only posted one exhibit so far this year. To help compensate, today I am posting two exhibits!
Today is National Bobblehead Day! To celebrate, the first exhibit for the new year is another Wacky Wobbler from Funko, this time Wendy the Good Little Witch! Made two years after the awful Richie Rich Wacky Wobbler, I think they did a much better job on Wendy. What do you think?