Harvey guru Mark Arnold writes about Casper, his friends, and the fate of a ghostly magazine…
Casper and Friends Magazine
Marvel Comics wanted to publish Harvey Comics for years, but various factors, including legal issues and financial issues, prevented this. Finally with this publication, they got their chance.
Not a comic book in the traditional sense, this is more of a magazine along the lines of Nickelodeon Magazine or Disney Adventures, in which there are some comic book stories, but mainly other articles and activities geared towards children.
The comic book material original appeared in British magazines published by Marvel UK around the time of the Casper feature film and then exported to the US.
Like Richie Rich and…, Casper and… featured stories with a rotating set of team-up stories, this time starring everyone’s favorite friendly ghost.
What may not be known to the average reader is this series actually featured new stories that were commissioned as far back as 1973 and never saw print until now.
Originally, there were to appear in Casper and Wendy, Casper and the Ghostly Trio, and Casper and Spooky among others and it was decided to print these previously unpublished stories in this umbrella-titled series.
Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at email@example.com. Whew!