§ November 19th, 2009 § Filed under harvey Comments Off on WAIT, WHAT.

I was poking through Dark Horse’s new Casper the Friendly Ghost 60th Anniversary hardcover when I happened upon the above scene. I had no idea Casper even had a ghostly mother. In discussing this with pals Sean and Dorian on Wednesday, the idea was briefly floated whether this meant that perhaps a ghost woman was able to be impregnated and carry to term a ghost baby. However, we quickly realized that there were too many questions and/or potential problems involved in this hypothesis unanswered and unsupported by ghostly studies. Science tells us that we must turn to Occam’s Razor and assume the simplest explanation, the one that requires the fewest assumptions and conclusion-jumping, that Casper and his mom were two living people who died and became ghosts.

More troubling, however, is this portion of the opening panel from the very first Casper comic book, also reprinted in the anniversary book:

And Casper is, like, tooling around with guys on horseback and such, so it’s possible that the Friendly Dead Kid has been wandering the Earth for centuries. Particularly since other stories, such as the one with Casper’s mom, take place in modern…well, mid-20th century…times. Anyway, the talk of “olden times” and “castles” had pal Dorian theorize that perhaps Casper and his mom were deposed royalty, killed by their enemies, but who can say?

It was also thought perhaps that Casper’s origins in the distant past preclude the possibility of his being the spirit of the departed Richie Rich. I’ve theorized on Casper’s origins before, and the possible relation to Richie Rich, and you know, all it would really take is for the spirit of a dead Richie Rich getting trapped in Professor Keenbean’s time machine, and getting sent back to the Middle Ages, to clear up all those potential continuity problems. Well, okay, there’s the whole thing with Casper’s ghost mom, but maybe he was ghost-adopted.

This all makes perfect sense to me.

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