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County bumpkin Richie and his knowing black cat Lucky
toured the land with a knapsack o'er Richie's shoulder
ne'er a ha'penny to their names, as they searched for
their fame and fortune.
The lad was a real Devonshire dimwit, always using
instead of "I" and chewing on a stalk of
corn. He was
forever chasing rainbows. And yet, in every strip the
would stumble through a series of impossible events
would indeed prove of benefit to them - and hence take
them from rags to riches, alebit temporarily...
This was an oddly outdated strip concept for the
The days of bumpkin-like happy-go-luckys touring the
were already long gone by the time this appeared.
was simliar in vein to those other famous
Pa, Billy and Daisy from Whoopee! (even sharing the
same artist) and it highlighted yet again that
Fleetway theme of the Poor Man being happy with his
lot in life. It was a theme at the heart of strips
Ivor Lott &
Tony Broke, Milly & Penny,
But Lady Luck obviously shone on Richie for a while,
his strip was Jackpot's first ever cover strip. And
Lucky roamed the weekly comics right up to the title's
he wasn't so lucky with the annuals.
The lad went missing from the first Jackpot Annual
1980, and didn't put in an appearance until the