PopCultureShock reviews Casper the Friendly Ghost, the first in Dark Horse Comics’ series of books reprinting Harvey children’s comics.

Unlike some of the other children’s comics that are currently being reprinted–notably Carl Barks’s Duck stories and John Stanley and Irving Trip’s Little Lulu–the Casper comics are not good in any traditional sense. They are perfectly serviceable children’s stories, but there’s no reason for a grown-up to read them. Comparing Lulu to Casper is like comparing Edward Lear to Stan and Jan Berenstain… Yet there is one reason why an intelligent adult might want to pick up this collection. Simply put, Casper featured some of the best art ever to grace a comics page.

The next volume in the series will reprint selected stories from Richie Rich.



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