Harveytoons – Casper The Friendly Ghost

CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST CELS DRAWINGS

HARVEYTOONS / FAMOUS STUDIOS

CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST 
Original Medium: Theatrical animation
Released by: Paramount (Famous Studios) First Appeared: 1945 Creators: Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo Casper first appeared in a cartoon entitled ( appropriately enough ) The Friendly Ghost, based on an unpublished story written by Seymour V. Reit ( who, among many other things, worked for Archie Comics and may have co-created Peter Porkchops ) and illustrated by animator Joe Oriolo (a proteg of Felix the Cat creator Otto Messmer, and mostly famous for TV cartoons about Felix). It's unclear whether the idea for the story came from Reit or Oriolo. The cartoon was directed by Isadore Sparber and released by Paramount's Famous Studios, as part of its 'Noveltoons' series, in 1945. This sentimental tale of a ghost who didn't want to scare anyone was well enough received to spark a sequel, There's Good Boos Tonight (1948), also directed by Sparber. Casper appeared in several more films before Paramount sold the rights to Casper to Harvey Publications in 1958. Harvey decided to feature Casper in a comic book starting in 1958.

Casper the Friendly Ghost was first theatrically released in 1945 by Paramount's Famous Studios division. The concept for the character was that he was a ghost that didn't want to scare anyone, yet still did so, unintentionally, when just trying to be friendly. His appearances were sporadic until the early 1950's, when a regular series of shorts were developed around his character. When the 1960's started, Casper got his first shot at a TV show, featuring many new cartoons mixed with the old, and the exposure proved to be a good one, causing all comic books related to the little guy to suddenly become big sellers. There has been the usual flood of related merchandise over the years, as well.

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 #HT2 - Casper the Friendly Ghost, 'Casper' (1960's). Includes #HT3 drawing

#HT2 - Casper the Friendly Ghost, 'Casper' (1960's). Includes #HT3 drawing

 Price: $400

#HT2 - Paramount Famous Studios - 'Casper the Friendly Ghost', 1960's. The painted cel image measures 2.50" X 4.50", bearing production number #B11. Casper is hand-inked in Royal Blue, the outline acted as a 'blue screen' (or repo blue). This allowed audiences to literally 'see right through him'. (INCLUDES DRAWING)


 

#HT3 - Paramount Famous Studios - 'Casper the Friendly Ghost', 1960's. The drawing image measures 2.50' X 4.50' rendered in graphite pencil bearing number #B11.

Casper first appeared in a cartoon entitled (appropriately enough) The Friendly Ghost, based on an unpublished story written by Seymour V. Reit and illustrated by animator Joe Oriolo.


#HT6 - Which Is Witch, 'Wendy' (1958). Includes #HT7 drawing 

#HT6 - Which Is Witch, 'Wendy' (1958). Includes #HT7 drawing

Price: $400

#HT6 - Famous Studios - 'Which Is Witch ', 1958. Wendy's image size measures 2.25" X 4.50", bearing the number B-5. Wendy the Good Little Witch was clearly inspired by Casper the Friendly Ghost, also published by Harvey Comics, which did both as part of a minor genre of kid-friendly versions of supernatural bugaboos. (INCLUDES DRAWING)


#HT7 - Famous Studios - 'Which Is Witch ', 1958. The drawing image size measures 2.25' X 4.50', rendered in graphite pencil, bearing the number B-5.

Wendy first appeared in the back pages of Casper's comic, debuting in the 20th issue (May,1954). She not only held down a back-up series of her own, but also functioned as a playmate for Casper, who lacked relationships in the mortal realm.

#HT4 - Casper The Friendly Ghost, 'Casper' (1950's). Includes #HT5 drawing

#HT4 - Casper The Friendly Ghost, 'Casper' (1950's). Includes #HT5 drawing

Price: $400

#HT4 - Famous Studios - 'Casper The Friendly Ghost', 1950's. The image size measures 2.25" X 4.00", bearing the number M-6. This cel is hand inked in a subtle blue on a 16-field cel. Caspers ghostliness was created by cutting a custom mask for each cel and applying the special translucent paint by airbrush. The painstaking, labor intensive technique was especially created for Casper and never used again. (INCLUDES DRAWING)


#HT13 - 'Ghostly Trio', Strech, Fatso (1958). Includes #HT13 drawing

#HT13 - 'Ghostly Trio', Strech, Fatso (1958). Includes #HT13 drawing

Price: $350

#HT13 - Famous Studios - 'Ghostly Trio', 1958. This is a (2) two cel set up on (2) two fullsheets measuring 12.50" X 10.50".The painted Trio cel image measures 4.00" X 2.00",bearing production number - B71. The second sheet are the mouths of the trio, bearing production number - T11. (INCLUDES DRAWING)


#HT16 - Ghostly Trio, 'Fatso and Whitey' (1958). Includes #HT17 drawing

#HT16 - Ghostly Trio, 'Fatso and Whitey' (1958). Includes #HT17 drawing

Price: $400

#HT16 - Famous Studios - 'Ghostly Trio', 1958. This is a (2) two cel set up on (2) two full sheets measuring 12.50" X 10.50". The first painted Trio cel image measures 4.00" X 3.00", bearing Fatso and Whitey. The second sheet bears the image of Slinky. (INCLUDES DRAWING)


#HT15 - Famous Studios - 'Ghostly Trio', 1958.

#HT15 - Famous Studios - 'Ghostly Trio', 1958.

 Price: $200

#HT15 - Famous Studios - 'Ghostly Trio', 1958. This Trio cel set up on a trimmed sheet measuring 9.00" X 10.50". The painted Trio cel image measures 1.50" X 2.25".


#HT18 - Ghostly Trio, 'Fatso' (1958).

#HT18 - Ghostly Trio, 'Fatso' (1958).

Price: $150

#HT18 - Famous Studios - 'Ghostly Trio', 1958. This casper cel set up is rendered on a trimmed sheet measuring 9.00" X 10.50". The painted Fatso cel image measures 1.75" X 1.75".


#HT12 - Casper the Ghost, 'Once Upon a Rhyme' (1992).

#HT12 - Casper the Ghost, 'Once Upon a Rhyme' (1992).

Price: $1200

#HT12 - HarveyToons - Casper the Ghost, 1992. Harvey Comics titled 'Once Upon a Rhyme' of Casper, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. This is an Artist Proof #4 of #15, on a Reproduction Background. Cel image size measures 12.00' X 9.50', hand signed by Shamus Culhane with official gold seal. (MATTED AND FRAMED)


# HT19 - 'Casper the Friendly Ghost', 'Puss 'n' Boos' (1954).(Framed and triple matted)

# HT19 - 'Casper the Friendly Ghost', 'Puss 'n' Boos' (1954).(Framed and triple matted)

Price: $1500 #HT19 - Famous Studios - 'Casper the Friendly Ghost', 1954. The Casper cel from 'Puss 'n' Boos' is rendered on an untrimmed sheet measuring 10.50" X 12.50". The painted image area measures 5.00" X 6.00". The Cel is framed and triple matted measuring 17.00" X 19.00". Casper the Friendly Ghost rescues two baby kittens from drowning, and they become his friends forever. They're hungry, though, and they need milk.Casper pulls off his sheet to become invisible so that he can milk a friendly cow. When the cow sees a bucket with her milk in it floating away, she immediately runs to a "Psycowatrist," as she believes that she is losing it. Now, full of milk, one of the kittens sees a nest of baby birds in a tree and charges them. The mother bird comes to their defense. The other kitten ties a string to a bone and drags it in front of a sleeping bulldog. The dog doesn't think it's funny and gives chase.


#HT10 - Ghostly Trio - 'Stretch', (1950's). Includes #HT11 drawing

Price: SOLD

#HT10 - Famous Studios - 'Stretch', 1950's. The original production Ghostly Trio cel image measures 3.00" X 3.75", bearing the number M-9. COA provided by The Animation Celection. Quote: 'We love haunting, scaring, frightening and terrorizing. BOOO!' Home: The Fantastically Haunted House: Whipstaff Manor. (INCLUDES DRAWING)


#HT10 - Famous Studios - 'Stretch', 1950's. The original production Ghostly Trio cel image measures 3.00' X 3.75', bearing the number M-9.

PRICE: SOLD


#HT8 - 'Which Is Witch ', 'Spooky' (1958). Includes #HT9 drawing

Price: SOLD #HT8 - Famous Studios - 'Which Is Witch ', 1958. The 'Spooky' image size measures 1.75" X 3.75", bearing the number M-70. Spooky originally appeared in the Casper animated cartoons for Famous Paramount Studios. His character then was basically the same as now. Spooky gets into mischief scaring people and animals, while Casper tries to deter him. This of course, makes him want to spook even more. He also appeared in the later 'New Casper Cartoon Show' with Casper and Wendy. His first appearance in comics was in 'Casper, the Friendly Ghost' #10, in 1953. (INCLUDES DRAWING)

 


#HT9 - Famous Studios - 'Which Is Witch ', 1958.

The Spooky drawing image size measures 2.25' X 4.50', rendered in graphite pencil, bearing the number M-70 with animator note 'Red 10'. SOLD