This is Richie Rich #163 published in February of 1978 by Harvey Publications. As a child, I never understood the appeal of Richie Rich. Why would anyone want to read about a kid who was absurdly rich unless he was also Batman? In 1978, Richie is on the forefront of the novelty skateboard trend with this dollar sign shaped deck. He’s got bling too – those look like some sort of gem covered mounting hardware. “With a model like this, I’ll never be skate-bored!” Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk…
Here’s the cover. The Great Skateboard Adventure — It’s the greatest!
Richie skates with his pals Freckles and Peewee. I think they both escaped from a carnival sideshow. Richie’s and crew prepare for the skateboard contest on his inexplicably wavy sidewalk while two suspicious men approach on a “quiet” motorcycle.
Richie pursues the crooks on his trusty scooter (not shown) until the bad guys run over his machine. He retires to the
Batcave garage to install some diamond bearings. Sure, that sounds absurd, but so would the idea of $150 ceramic bearings back in 1978.
After a little equipment upgrade, Richie reluctantly agrees to try out his new setup, even though he’s not in the mood to skateboard with crooks loose on the estate.
The crooks do indeed show up, so Richie chases them on his skateboard.
Richie avoids a road hazard through the use of the “tail-wheelie.” Meanwhile, instead of just leaving, the crooks feel compelled to keep getting off the motorcycle to set up traps.
Richie pulls off an impressive wall ride over the deathbox, followed by some sort of inverse hippie jump.
Here’s proof that bombing a hill on a skateboard is safer than riding a motorcycle. Not only did Richie foil the thief’s, he also won the skateboard contest (that he missed) do to the sheer radness of his fancy riding.