Quote1 This is Glenbrook, Mr. Guthrie. America's typical little town. And all this... It's just how things should be. Every day like every other. Every day perfect. Every perfect day of the rest of our lives. Quote2
-- Ritchie Redwood src

The Skrull that would call himself Ritchie Redwood was one of the two sons of Don Scarpone, the ruler of Kral X, a small outpost in the Kral System. The Kral System represented a peculiar portion of the Skrull Empire, a group of planets dedicated solely to the recreation of Earth's culture and media, particularly old-time gangster movies.

Don Scarpone (Earth-616) from U.S.Avengers Vol 1 12 001

As a baby in Don Scarpone's arms

As he grew up, Scarpone's son became the ruler's second-in-command and consigliere. While on a mission in deep-space to seek new signals from Earth, Scarpone's son became entranced by the Ritchie Redwood Show, a 50-year-old cancelled series which depicted the life of a suburban group of friends. Through persuasion and force, Scarpone's son converted Kral X to "Redwoodism." He even enlisted two Super-Skrulls which proved a key element for the defeat of Don Scarpone's forces. After exiling Scarpone and those loyals to him, his sons refashioned Kral X into a recreation of Glenbrook, the town where the Ritchie Redwood Show took place. From then on, Scarpone's sons role-played as Ritchie Redwood and Bugface Brown.

Differences sparked between Ritchie and Bugface after the latter found most recent transmissions of the Ritchie Redwood Show, which had been brought back several times after its original cancellation, giving Kral X access to hundreds of new episodes and decades of new stories. Bugface convinced Ritchie to give the new material a chance, but Ritchie became overwhelmed by the different changes the show had undergone, as he wanted to keep things simple and classic. Tensions escalated into a civil war after Bugface pushed for the inclusion of new elements outside the established continuity of the show. The Super-Skrulls at Ritchie's disposal proved an advantage once again, and he crushed all opposition easily. He then imprisoned Bugface and all the other subversives in a dungeon with no sustenance.[1] Following Bughead's incarceration, Ritchie became a tyrant who imposed his views with an iron fist, threatening anybody that would go off-script with the same punishment, and censoring all episodes of the show that weren't from the original series.

Ritchie Redwood (Earth-616) from U.S.Avengers Vol 1 12 001

As a gangster before "Redwoodism"

After Howard Mason bought MIA U.S.Avengers member Cannonball from slavers with the intention to give Glenbrook a genuine American citizen from Earth, Ritchie introduced him to the town and some of its citizens. Unaware that Cannonball actually possessed powers, Ritchie attempted to force him to play a part in his fantasy town. Cannonball immediately tried to escape, but the Super-Skrull Biff Bison took him down. Ritchie then had Cannonball thrown into the same dungeon as Bugface and his friends.[2]

Cannonball's presence in Glenbrook eventually led to the arrival of the U.S.Avengers. After the defeat of his Super-Skrulls, Ritchie attempted to take on the heroes himself by assuming his battleform. However, Cannonball had helped the subversives escape their prison, and Bugface used the devices that were preventing them from changing shapes on Ritchie himself. Ritchie lashed out at his fellow Skrulls until Bugface hit him with the truth that despite all of his talk about staying in character, it was ironic that Ritchie ended up acting in a way the fictional Ritchie Redwood would never behave. The Shi'ar soldiers that assisted the U.S.Avengers in rescuing Cannonball then arrested Ritchie and his Super-Skrulls, so they could face justice on the planet where Don Scarpone and his followers had been exiled.[1]

  • The Ritchie Redwood Show and all of its elements are modeled after the stories from Archie Comics. Ritchie, in specific, is a homage to its protagonist Archie Andrews.

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