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The Friendly Ghost, Casper #206
April 19th, 2013 by Rusty

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Casper #206 cover

The Friendly Ghost, Casper #206

Date: October 1979
Publisher: Harvey Publications, Inc.
Cover Price: 40¢
2013 Price Range: $1.00 – $9.00
Stats: 23 color pages plus ads
Writers: ?
Artists: ?
Notable Notes: Casper visits Cardland!

Another Famous Harvey Comic

I’ve mentioned before that I grew up reading Harvey comics, and that they are a big reason I love comic books so much. Anyway, I thought Casper was cool but he wasn’t my favorite Harvey character – that honor belonged to Hot Stuff. Casper was definitely the most famous of Harvey’s characters though, and even now, years after the comics stopped being published, you can still find proof of the popularity of this friendly ghost!


The main story arc in this issue spans 3 little stories and is called “Cardland.” It starts out when Casper is playing solitaire and gets pulled inside the cards. Here he joins forces with the Jack of Hearts to help foil the joker’s plan to become king. The ghostly trio soon joins in – but on the joker’s side – and hi-jinks and disguises ensue!

There are also 3 one-page stories, and the final story is about Spooky. That story, called “Big Chief Bad Memory” ended up being the funniest one!

My 2 Cents:

  • I was quite pleased with the art in this issue! All the stories and 1-pagers looked great – too bad the comic book doesn’t give credit where it’s due and tell us who drew these wonderful pages.
  • The stories were pretty good too, but the main one kind of ran out of steam the longer it went on. It would have been better if it would have stopped after one story.
  • One of the coolest things about Casper is all the fun and magical places he gets to go! Diving into the cards was a brilliant idea – who wouldn’t want to go there!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars
  • Art: 4 stars
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars

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