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Gary Mackean, The Boy Who Draws Monsters, is the creator of the gremlin webcomic Barnaby and Loaker, Angus the Haggis Slayer and many other characters. Gary is an Edinburgh cartoonist and illustrator and is available for commissions and projects. garymackean@aol.com

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Casper: Origin

Here is my version of Casper the friendly ghost. This cartoon shows my version of how he became a ghost. Casper was created in 1939 by Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo for a children's book called The Friendly Ghost. The character has since appeared in a 1945 animated series, in his very own Harvey Comics title and in a 1995 film starring Christina Ricci.

The character's ghostly status has caused controversy amongst fans and critics. Early cartoons depicted Casper as the ghostly form of a dead little boy. However his death and his friendly nature was always a mystery. In the 1960s and 1970s, Harvey comics suggested that Casper was always a ghost because his parents were ghosts when they had him. In the 1995 movie, It was once again suggested that Casper was originally a human boy. The film also told the audience that Casper had died of pneumonia.

Due to the ever changing status of the character and the original cause of his death as a human boy never being depicted until the film, I decided to show my own version of how Casper may have became a ghost.

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