NEW YORK — Back from years in comic book limbo, the bad guys in "Richie Rich" still have German accents and the bunny rabbit in "Casper" still begins his sentences with "gosh."
Harvey Publications, publisher of these and other comic classics, have gone back to the presses after a four-year hiatus.
"We hope to regain our market position very soon," said Alice Harvey Eigner, president of Harvey Publications.
"Harvey created a void when it left the market," said Steve Geppi, owner of Geppi's Comic World, the largest U.S. comics distributor.
Harvey was always the steppingstone to other comics, he said. If readers don't discover comic books at a young age (between 6 and 10), they won't pick up the action comics as teen-agers, or become collectors.
When Harvey ceased publication in 1982 because of internal difficulties, it had a 10% share of the $120-million-a-year comic book market, Eigner said.