Did Richie Rich Die and Become Casper the Friendly Ghost?

Are you ready to get spooked? You just might have to prepare yourself with this cartoon theory that has crossed many minds for years now. Before we dive into the dark theorizations, I must make an important disclaimer that this article will contain some talk about death and some stuff that may be too macabre for those sensitive to such topics. Also, keep in mind that a theory is a theory. Whether I believe it or not, I am not claiming that any of this has been confirmed by any official source. Please continue reading at you own risk and read my full site disclaimer here.

Also, I want start out by giving those of you out there who don’t know the Richie Rich or Casper the Friendly Ghost characters more information on who the heck we’re talking about here. It’s understandable if you’re younger and aren’t aware of those characters since they are from the old school cartooniverse. I’m talking way back to the 1940s & 50s. Richie Rich is a character from the Harvey Comics who made his first appearance back in 1953 in a comic book issue called Little Dot #1. He was known as “the poor little rich boy”, and became the most popular character of Harvey Comics for more than 30 years. For a kid who is worth over $24 billion in inheritance and could have anything he wanted, you would think Richie would be the most stuck-up kid alive. Well Richie is the total opposite and not turning his nose up at poor people, because while he is the richest kid in the world, he also may be the most charitable. Richie is known for not being afraid to get his hands dirty to help those in need. That is the supposed reason to why he is dubbed “the poor little rich boy”. But what if there is a darker reason among it all?

This is what leads us to Lisa Simpson’s theory. Yes, The Simpsons have been the center of a lot of conspiracies ever since it came out, but this one particular moment in the series just might make a whole lot of sense. In fact, this scene in The Simpsons is what actually started the theory that escalated into a number of other theories. In the scene, Lisa is reading a Richie Rich comic book, while Bart has a Casper the Friendly Ghost comic book. Bart states that he thinks Casper is the ghost of Richie Rich, while Lisa makes the fair point that the two characters do look alike. There is no doubt whatsoever that Richie and Casper have the same exact face.

Bart then says that he wonders how Richie Rich died, and then came the dark theory that Lisa came up with.

“Perhaps he realized how hollow the pursuit of money is, and took his own life.” – Lisa Simpson

I don’t know about you, but I just got the major chills.

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Perhaps this could’ve been the case indeed, because many people out there are in fact convinced that Casper is Richie Rich’s ghost and I know I am. At this point I am not asking whether Richie Rich died or not, I’m asking how.

Lisa Simpson’s suicide theory may be a little too macabre to think about, but there are fans out there that have came up with some other dark theories to exactly how Richie Rich died. But first let’s explore Harvey Comics’ supposed explanation to why Casper is a ghost from this archived Wikipedia article:

Given that Casper is depicted as a ghostly, portly little boy, there is a controversy among fans and critics of the series as to whether or not he is a dead child. Early Casper cartoons seemed to suggest this, as they portrayed him residing beside a gravestone. Specifically, the short “There’s Good Boos To-Night” featured Ferdie, a fox befriended by Casper, coming back from the dead as a ghost. Casper’s death (as well as the reason why he became friendly) have been disputed since that time. This somewhat macabre premise was later abandoned in favor of the idea that ghosts were merely a type of supernatural being, similar to ghouls, goblins, etc. He was thereafter portrayed with feet and shown to have ghostly parents and became slightly slimmer. In the 1960s and 1970s, the stock answer provided by Harvey Comics in response to those wondering how Casper died was that he was a ghost simply because his parents were already ghosts when they were married.

Casper even has a last name that is “McFadden” according to the 1995 film. Speaking of that film, it is revealed that Casper is the ghost of a 12-year-old boy who died of pneumonia. Harvey Comics’ less morbid answer to why Casper is a ghost was simply because his parents were ghosts just doesn’t add up. The film’s explanation and the fact that there’s a character called Ferdie the fox who rose from the dead, proves that death does happen in the Harvey Comics universe and the excuse that Casper was just born a ghost is a little off. Of course as a kid I would’ve fell for this, but in my adult form I just cannot accept the excuse that ghosts can produce children like humans can, even in a fictional universe of cartoon characters. I strongly think that Harvey Comics provided this explanation so that kids wouldn’t be creeped out, because I know if I was a kid and found out that Casper is dead, it would freak me out a bit.

This explanation, along with the fact that Richie Rich and Casper have appeared in 45 issues together in a 1974 comic book series, could easily debunk the whole theory. But that doesn’t stop some fans from dancing around the apparent truth and coming up with some theories of their own.


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One Reddit commenter gave their own little take on how they think Richie passed away from his curiosity of being a normal boy and became Casper.

Then you have the most known theory that Richie Rich was murdered by his own parents for the insurance money, which is something that I just don’t consider a reliable theory. Friendly reminder that Richie is known as the richest kid in the world, so you know his parents were rolling in dough as well. Why would they murder their own child for wealth that they already had?

Out of all of the cartoon theories I’ve read, this one is both the most believed and the most believable. Richie Rich and Casper the Friendly Ghost are two characters from the same comic book universe who look strikingly similar. Casper just may be the ghost of Richie Rich, and the fact that Casper was dubbed “the Friendly Ghost” just fuels the theory even more. Like stated above, Richie Rich was known for being humble and friendly despite being super rich. I find it extremely hard to believe that anything about this theory is too far-fetched. What do you think?

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WonderCon 2018 Panel Programming Lineup Announced

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BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce it will exhibit at WonderCon 2018, which will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center, CA, during March 23-25. BOOM! Studios will once again occupy one the most prominent booths on the floor, #1301, and feature a diverse array of signings and exclusive merchandise.

Additionally, BOOM! Studios is proud to announce a powerful line up of panel programming including:

Friday, March 23rd
2:00-3:00 BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours
—The world of BOOM! Studios has grown bigger than ever before, meaning there’s a comic book for every kind of fan, and this is the panel to Discover Yours! Join Josh Trujillo (Dodge City), Sarah Kuhn (Clueless), David F. Walker (Planet of The Apes) Ben Blacker & Ben Acker (The Thrilling Adventure Hour), Carly Usdin (Heavy Vinyl), Matt Gagnon (Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios) & more as they reveal big news from the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, Archaia, BOOM! Box, and KaBOOM!, along with some special surprises for every fan in attendance. Moderated by Filip Sablik (President of Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios). Room 211

SaturdayMarch 24th
2:30-3:30 Power Rangers: Shattered Grid
—Lord Drakkon has returned, and after the events of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25, No Ranger Is Safe! Join writers Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), actor David Yost (“Billy Cranston,” Mighty Morphin Power RangersTV Series), Dafna Pleban (Editor, BOOM! Studios), Melissa Flores (Director, Power Rangers Content, Saban Brands) and more to discuss the first-ever Saban’s Power Rangers comic book event and what it means for the original teenagers with attitude. This panel will make Power Rangers history with a moment no Power Rangers fan can afford to miss, along with exclusive news and first looks! Moderated by journalist Joshua Yehl (IGN.com). Room 200B 

Sunday, March 25th
11:00-12:00 Pop Culture is LGBTQ
— BOOM! Studios and GLAAD present an honest discussion of LGBTQ representation in pop culture and the path forward to a brighter, more inclusive future, with special guests including Wilson Cruz (Actor, Star Trek: Discovery), Elliot Fletcher (Actor, The Fosters), CB Lee (Writer, Not Your Sidekick), Rian Sygh (Artist, The Backstagers), Josh Trujillo (Writer, Dodge City) and Megan Townsend (Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis, GLAAD). Moderated by journalist Tracy Brown (LA Times).  Room 211

Garfield Is Back with a New Limited Comic Series

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Our favorite lasagna loving cat is back for another comic series. BOOM! Studios and PAWS Inc are proud to announce GARFIELD: HOMECOMING #1, a new four-issue limited series debuting in June 2018. Feeling mistreated and unappreciated by Jon, Garfield embarks on a journey for a new home and, along the way, meets up with a clown who works in an old-timey travelling circus. Convinced that this is the place for him, Garfield becomes part of the act. Wait. What is that cannon for?

GARFIELD was born on the comics pages on June 19, 1978. The comic strip is centered on the lives of a quick-witted orange cat who loves lasagna, coffee, and his remote control; Jon Arbuckle, his owner; and Odie, a sweet but dumb dog. GARFIELD was introduced to the world in just 41 newspapers and is now the most widely syndicated comic strip ever, appearing in 2100 newspapers. The strip, distributed by Andrews McMeel Syndication, is read by over 220 million people each day and is translated into 42 languages.

The success of the comic strip spawned an entertainment empire including television: Garfield and Friends, The Garfield Show, and a dozen primetime specials; movies: Garfield: The Movie and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties; hundreds of best-selling books, and thousands of licensed products.

Writer Scott Nickel (Garfield: His 9 Lives) will pair with a different artist in each issue of GARFIELD: HOMECOMING, as Sara Talmadge (Steven Universe) takes us through this wild ride in the first chapter of Garfield’s journey outside of the friendly confines of Jon’s house.

“Putting Garfield on the road in GARFIELD: HOMECOMING allows him to meet a variety of new characters – both friend and foe – and his journey takes him to some interesting and unexpected places,” said writer Scott Nickel. “We hope fans enjoy the ride.”

“I’ve always loved Garfield and getting to take him on an all new adventure with Scott and the team at BOOM! Studios was such a thrill!” said artist Sara Talmadge. “Garfield’s taking on the circus with his usual sass and legendary appetite… But can he be the new star act that the circus needs?  Every page in this issue was a total blast to draw (I mean, what’s more fun than the circus?), and I hope you enjoy it too!”

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GARFIELD: HOMECOMING #1 features a main cover by Andy Hirsch (Adventure Time) with Sara Talmadge.

“We’ve told some incredible Garfield stories at BOOM! Studios, but we’ve never taken Garfield this far outside his comfort zone – both literally and metaphorically,” said Whitney Leopard, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “In-between all the crazy adventures and trademark Garfield humor, the heart of this story is one that readers of all ages can relate to – the search to find that place where you fit in and feel like you can truly call your home.”

GARFIELD: HOMECOMING is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed KaBOOM! imprint, publisher of world-class licensed series such asAdventure TimeSteven UniverseOver the Garden WallPeanuts, and Rugratsalong with original series like Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes and Selina Espiritu and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

Print copies of GARFIELD: HOMECOMING #1 will be available for sale in June 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

Preview of the New Interactive ‘Adventure Time #74’ Comic

It’s up to YOU to save Ooo from being a dull black and white land forever in this new creative and interactive Adventure Time comic. Magic Man is causing The Land of Ooo to lose its color! Only the brave hero holding this book has the power to bring color that Magic Man has sucked up back to Ooo and set everything right before Finn, Jake, and everyone else is in black-and-white forever! Special coloring book issue! I’m sure this issue will bring you back to your childhood days of coloring books and a lot of free time on your hands. Out March 7!

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Adventure Time #74 is published by KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios and written by Conor McCreery. The artistry is done by Jorge Monlongo while Maarta Laiho (& YOU) serves as the colorist and Mike Fiorentino is the letterer. Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb are the main cover artists while Emei Burrell is the subscription artist.

A Sneak Peek at the Newest Rocko’s Modern Life Comic Series

Along with a TV movie coming in 2018, we also get to see Nickelodeon’s classic Wallaby in a new comic book series this coming Wednesday, December 6. ‘Rocko’s Modern Life #1’ is published by BOOM! Studios, who has teamed up with Nickelodeon for the Rugrats comic series as well. The storyline surrounds Rocko facing unemployment, a terrible living situation, and increasingly slim job prospects. Sooner or later he is forced to find out just how far he is willing to go to get a job. There will also be a bonus backup story where Ed Bighead finds himself in the dentist chair of Dr. Hutchison! The comic is written by Ryan Ferrier, of the Regular Show and KC Green. Green is also an artist for the comic series alongside Ian McGinty, who has worked on Adventure Time, Invader Zim, and Bee and Puppycat comics.

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BOOM! Studios and Nickelodeon Are Launching a Rocko’s Modern Life Comic Series

 

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Artist: Jorge Monlongo (Main cover)

 

If you’re excited for the big TV movie reboot of our favorite Wallaby, then you’re really in for a reboot ride. BOOM! Studios and Nickelodeon just announced that they’re teaming up for a Rocko’s Modern Life comic book series. This is Nickelodeon’s second partnership with BOOM! since they announced their upcoming Rugrats comic. You can get your hands on this futuristic-themed comic series sometime in December 2017.

Here’s the official press release:

September 15, 2017 (Los Angeles, Calif.) BOOM! Studios and Nickelodeon are excited to announce ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE, a new ongoing comic book series based on the popular animated show about everyone’s favorite wallaby! Writer Ryan Ferrier (Regular Show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and artist Ian McGinty (Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors) team to launch the first comic book in the series in December 2017. Each issue will also feature bonus short stories by different illustrators, including Tony Millionaire (Sock Monkey), KC Green (Invader Zim), and David DeGrand (SpongeBob Comics).

Rocko, Spunky, Heffer, Filburt, the Bigheads, and the entire cast of O-Town are back, but all is not well. The town is facing a job shortage and Rocko is hit hard. With unemployment and potential homelessness on the horizon, Rocko’s problems are just beginning. But with help from his best friends Heffer and Filbert and his faithful dog Spunky, Rocko is (mostly) ready to take on the world (maybe).

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE was one of the standout series for me growing up, as it really struck a chord with me in how similar it was to my own sensibilities and sense of humor, even at that younger age,” says series writer Ferrier. “Working on this series, especially knowing how incredible Ian is going to make it, has made me an even bigger fan.”

Series artist Ian McGinty adds, “Fans are gonna be pretty blasted away by how well the new comic blends ’90s nostalgia with modern sentiment, and a Mystery Science Theater 3000-esque vibe that I find really, really cool.”

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE marks the second series in the partnership between BOOM! Studios and Nickelodeon through BOOM Studios’ award-winning, all-ages imprint, KaBOOM!. The first series of this partnership debuts October 18 with Rugrats #1, from writer Box Brown (André the Giant: Life and Legend) and artist Lisa DuBois (Adventure Time).

“Working with Nickelodeon on Rugrats and now ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE has been amazing,” says Editor Whitney Leopard. “We’ve been a fan of their shows for years and to be able to work with them on bringing these characters to life in comics is a dream come true.”

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE #1 features a main cover by Jorge Monlongo (Adventure Time Comics), a “look-and-find” cover by Bachan (Bill & Ted Save the Universe), and a variant cover by Nick Pitarra (The Manhattan Projects). BOOM! Studios will also be offering a blank Sketch Cover for this launch.

Print copies of ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE #1 will be available for sale in December at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or through the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play,  and the BOOM! Studios app.

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed KaBOOM! imprint, publisher of world-class licensed series such as Steven Universe, Over the Garden Wall, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes and Selina Espiritu, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.
 

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Rocko’s Modern Life #1 “look-and-find” variant cover by Bachan