Royal Roy #1 (April 1985)
|First appearance||April 1985|
|Created by||Lennie Herman (writer) and Warren Kremer (artist)|
Royal Roy began in April 1985 as an answer to the successful Harvey Comics Richie Rich series. Its title character was the young Prince Roy of Cashelot, a fictional kingdom whose name was a blend of "cash" and "Camelot". Like Richie, Roy was surrounded by wealth and luxury, but wasn't spoiled by it; in many ways, he was just like any other young boy. Also like Richie, Roy had a sweet-natured middle-class girlfriend (Crystal Cleer) and a wealthy, abrasive acquaintance (Lorna Loot) who vied for his affections.
In late 1985 Harvey Comics sued Star Comics for copyright infringement, claiming that Royal Roy was a blatant copy of Richie Rich. (Longtime Harvey creator Lennie Herman had created Royal Roy for Star Comics; Herman died in 1983 before the first issue of Royal Roy was published.)
Royal Roy was cancelled after six issues in March 1986, and Harvey's lawsuit was dropped.
- "Harvey Sues Marvel Star Comics, Charges Copyright Infringement," The Comics Journal #105 (Feb. 1986), pp. 23-24.
- "Harvey Veteran Lenny Herman Dies," The Comics Journal #87 (December 1983), p. 21.
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