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Casper Issue 3, Page 2 by stratosmacca Casper Issue 3, Page 2 by stratosmacca
Page 2 of Casper and the Spectrals #3, which came out last week from Ardden Entertainment.

Lineart by me, colors by the fantastic Kieran Oats.
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MysticM Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
I wonder, if the Casper series will be catering for a bit more maturer audience, they will shed some more light on Casper's mortal past?

Such as his parents, that winter that ended up with pneumonia etc.

The fact that his father created the Lazarus while Casper indirectly haunted him must have made some interesting stories.
TherealRNO Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
You do know the plot of the 1995 film isn't Casper's genuine origin, right? That was made up for the movie. The REAL Casper, upon whom The Friendly Ghost is based, drowned in a river in New Jersey. When the Fliesher's bought rights to the Noveltoons for their Famous Studios, they actually went to New York, found the weathered Von Stroppell house (that being the real family name, as McFadden was invented for the movie to avoid upsetting the real-life family), read the plaque dedicated to the family's deceased son, and based Casper as a character from real-life, just like how there was really a Hessian solider in nearby Sleepy Hollow who lost his head during the Revolutionary War's Battle of White Plains and there is a genuine link between the presumed cranium-challenged phantom on horseback and the Van Tassel family, as the Hessian preserved future generations by saving Lady Van Tassel and her baby, despite being told by his commander to burn the enemy to the ground.
MysticM Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
I did not know Casper drowned.  Irecall looking through the Casper wikia about it but couldn't find it.
Maybe I didn't look enough.

It would be interesting if there was more official stories shedding light on Caspers mortal past.
TherealRNO Featured By Owner Edited Jul 21, 2015
The Casper Wiki is using the character stories and origins. I am talking about the real person upon whom the character was based. People think that Casper's just a fictional ghost created in the Noveltoons era who was eventually bought out by Harvey Entertainment. But Casper's concept was based on a real-life boy named Casper who died and whose spirit is rumored to haunt his family's house.
MysticM Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
Wow :icone-hplz: Never expect the tale behind this charming children story to be so morbid.
TherealRNO Featured By Owner Edited Jul 21, 2015
Yeah, there's even a creepy pasta predating the Internet about Casper [… ].

*plays Casper theme remix [… ], followed by a version sung by Wendy [… ]*

Now his adopted uncles (known as the Ghostly Trio collectively), his Good Little Witch girlfriend Wendy and her haggish aunties, the duo's comics-only mutual friend in Hot Spot The Little Devil and his demon family, ghost horse Nightmare as a good kelpie who doesn't eat human flesh, etc. are exclusive to Harvey Entertainment and are not real. That is, unless Wendy is based on someone practicing wiccan rituals or Hot Spot follows Christian dogma (as believers do believe that demons do exist, albeit it that they look like everyone else instead of the typical way people usually see demons as trident-carrying red-skinned devils with horns, claws, and pointed tails).
MysticM Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
Where can I find out more on the truth behind Casper?
TherealRNO Featured By Owner Edited Jul 21, 2015
Truth is subjective my friend. Although Casper is based on a real dead little boy, most see that as urban legend. After all, we don't want to upset the boy's real family, nor anger his spirit if he really does exist.

Here's Wikipedia on Casper:

Casper the Friendly Ghost is the protagonist of the Famous Studios theatrical animated cartoon series of the same name. As his name indicates, he is a ghost, yet he is quite personable.[1] 

Casper the Friendly Ghost was originally a character in a 1939 children’s storybook by Seymour Reit, illustrated by Joe Oriolo. The rights were sold to Paramount Pictures Famous Studios animation division.

Paramount Pictures Famous Studios produced an anthology series of animated cartoons from 1943 to the close of the studio in 1967 called Noveltoons. Noveltoons featured “several recurring characters under one umbrella title.” There were 169 total Noveltoons produced. Characters such as Herman and Katnip, Little Audrey, and Baby Huey all got their start as Noveltoon animated shorts. Our poor lonely spirit, Casper the Friendly Ghost, also got his start in a Noveltoon.

In the Noveltoons, Casper is “a cute ghost-child with a New York accent, who inhabits a haunted house along with a community of adult ghosts who delight in scaring the living.” Casper, however, has no interest in scaring people or animals. Casper just wants to make friends.

There is some controversy among Casper fans as to whether or not Casper is actually “dead”. The Noveltoons lean towards the idea that Casper is the ghost of a dead child. In “There’s Good Boos To-Night”, Casper is apparently residing in a graveyard at his own grave and tombstone - although no name is ever shown on the tombstone.

Over time, the “dead” idea was abandoned in favor of “the idea that ghosts were merely a type of supernatural being, similar to ghouls, goblins, etc.” Later, in the 1960's and 1970's, the stock answer to the question of whether or not Casper was “dead” was that Casper “was a ghost simply because his parents were already ghosts when they were married.”

The 1995 feature film Casper, however, revived the notion that Casper was a deceased human and provided a brief account of his death. According to the film, Casper was a young adolescent who went sledding all day and died of pneumonia.

The film constructed a back-story for Casper and is the only time in the series that the question of his death has been addressed. According to the film, Casper was a twelve-year-old boy living in Whipstaff Manor with his inventor father J.T. McFadden until he died from pneumonia after playing out in the cold until it was past nightfall. Much of the backstory he is given in the film is contradicted by other Casper media. Whipstaff Manor appears to represent the historic Schroeppel Mansion in Syracuse, New York, which is a national monument. McFadden seems to be the name the writers used because the actual family named von Schroeppel lost a twelve-year-old son named Casper to drowning in Morristown, New York, who is said to haunt the family's estate in Syracuse. Casper was a name that could be used but not the actual name of the family.

The first direct-to-video film to follow the feature, Casper: A Spirited Beginning, showed Casper's early days as a ghost, not showing how he died and ignoring the story provided in the previous film, although it does explain how he became friendly.

In 1996, Amblin Entertainment and Universal Cartoon Studios created a new Casper series for Fox Kids, based on the 1995 feature, that lasted two years and was never seen on television again after 1998.

Note: Kat "dumps" Casper in the cartoon. Not just because it allowed for Casper to be with the other female co-stars the movies paired him with, but because, in Harvey Entertainment canon, his only girlfriend was Wendy The Good Little Witch, who was introduced in the 1960's Harvey Comics and added, along with Casper's derby-wearing cousin Spooky The Tuff Little Ghost, as part of the ensemble cast of The New Casper Cartoon Show  in 1963. In 1998,  Casper Meets Wendy, which introduced Hilary Duff as a live-action Wendy, was made and it, much like its predecessor, contradicted the 1995 film. The reason being was that after the 1995 film and spin-off series, Universal lost the rights to making Casper films and series, hence why all succeeding films and series following the 1995 film were made by 20th Century FOX.

The two follow-ups to the 1995 film were themselves followed by Casper's Haunted Christmas (starring Spooky and Poil from the animated spin-off of the first movie, but originally introduced in Harvey Comics and the aforementioned 1963 cartoon that extended into the 1970's), and Casper's Scare School, which were done entirely in CGI with no live-action elements. These films are often referred to as being "sequels" to the 1995 feature despite the fact that they heartily contradict the feature and do not appear to even take place in the same universe.

In 2001, Harvey Entertainment was acquired by Classic Media which, until 2012, licensed the Harvey properties including Casper.[4]

In 2007, MoonScoop Group, in association with Classic Media, TF1 et DQ, produced a TV show of 52 X 12 named Casper's Scare School.

In 2009, for Casper's 60th anniversary, a new Casper comic was published, called Casper and the Spectrals by Ardden Entertainment. Much like The Man of Steel and Batman: Year One did with their respective characters, it revamped Casper and several other Harvey characters (namely, Casper and his Ghostly Trio uncles, Good Little Witch Wendy and her haggish aunties, and Hot Spot and his devilish family) for a new audience. After selling 6,400 copies of the first comic, the last two issues were published in 2010.

Casper made a cameo in a MetLife commercial in 2012. Later that same year, Classic Media was acquired by DreamWorks Animation, and thus DreamWorks will soon manage the rights to Casper and related characters.

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NightscreamArachnia Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
ogrebear Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh.. nice beastman!
TherealRNO Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
The three friends--the friendly spook and his bewitching "ghoulfriend", plus the "Hell Boy" Hot Spot--starring down Volbrag. Not good for our friendly trio...
EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Now I ask you - where can I get this ?
stratosmacca Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
You can ask your local comic shop to order it, but I've also found it for sale on eBay if you search for "Casper and the Spectrals."
Hazlenaut Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
that is very intimadating villain to be scene from Harvyvile.
fijkus Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
That, right there, looks like it should be cover.

I obviously think that it's very well done.
Mhawley1 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
bugger tthats quite a villian ya got there
SilverZeo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist
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