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SDCC ’09 | Ardden Entertainment brings Casper back to comics

Casper and the Spectrals

Casper and the Spectrals

I missed the news coming out of San Diego that Ardden Entertainment, publisher of the Flash Gordon comic, is publishing a new Casper comic. Written by Todd Dezago with art by Pedro Delgado, here’s the Previews listing:

Just in time for Casper’s 60th anniversary, Ardden Entertainment proudly debuts Casper And The Supernaturals, an all-new take on the world’s most famous ghost and his two friends, Wendy the Witch and Hot Stuff! There is a city within New York City known as Spooky Town, but most humans are unable to see it. Within this city live the Supernaturals, the ghosts, goblins, demons and witches of the world. When an ancient entity known only as the Volbragg threatens both New York and Spooky Town, Casper and his friends are forced to band together and defeat an unimaginable evil!

The book comes out in October.

Via Kiel Phegley

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This is an exact description of Fables.

On the Casper cover, their Wendy is just trying too hard. Black fingernail polish? No. Hot Stuff is adorable, though. So where’s Spooky? (And he better not be the Big Bad.)

I grew up with Casper and these type of comic books as a kid — this is fantastic news. When ever I think about comics – I think of such characters as Casper, scooby-doo and of innocent times — theres not enough “stories for all ages.” and the writing skills of Todd Dezago can’t hurt either. Tellos anyone?!

I’ve just checked the price online at my local retailer and it’s a 2.99 book. Marvel and DC you CAN afford to lower your prices. If these guys can… So can you!

Count me in. The funny books are back!

JP–

Oh…my. That’s just awful.

I’m not the target market for these, though, so if Ardden can sell ‘em, more power to them.

Good grief, they look eee-vil!

Looks like shite.

I like the idea of bringing Caspar, Hot Stuff, Wendy the Witch, etc… back to comics.

Unfortunately the characters depicted on that cover aren’t Caspar, Hot Stuff & Wendy the Witch.
I have NO idea who those characters are, but boy do they look as if the were “created” by some marketing geniuses.

It reminds me of the Simpsons episode where the network creates Poochie the Dog.

Ardden Executive; “No, no, no! Hot Stuff is supposed to have attitude!
Hapless artist; “Um… wh-what do you mean, exactly?”
Ardden Executive; “Oh, you know, attitude, attitude! Uh… spiked dog collar on his wrist!”
Other Ardden Executive; ” Could we put him in more of a “hip-hop” context?”
Ardden Executive; “Forget context, he’s gotta be a surfer. Give me a nice shmear of surfer.
Other Ardden Executive; “I feel we should Rasta-fy him by… 10 percent or so.”

Uh… the creative world of the modern comic book…..

Judging by the reaction here (wow, even Bully has a negative response), Arden would do well to say “oh that’s an alternative cover B, this (with a classic Casper look) is what we’ll be doing!” Todd Dezago rarely disappoints me with his work, so I’ll be curious to see the final product and make my assessments then.

God forbid they bring in an artist and writer that understands kids. No, it’s gotta always be updated and made darker. All these towns are now located in New York City? So I’m assuming no Enchanted Forest and so on. The original worlds of the characters (even though all of them didn’t interact that much) made sense, so let’s just throw that out the window. And facing an unimaginable evil? How awfully original!

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