Wendy the Good Little Witch

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Wendy the Good Little Witch
Publication information
Publisher Harvey Comics
First appearance Casper the Friendly Ghost #20, May 1954
Created by Steve Mufatti (artist)
In-story information
Full name Wendy
Team affiliations Casper the Friendly Ghost

Wendy the Good Little Witch is a fictional comic book character from Harvey Comics. Wendy was introduced as a back-up feature as well as a companion for Casper in Casper the Friendly Ghost #20, May 1954. Soon, she was trialed in Harvey Hits, starting with #7. After a total of six appearances, she received her own title, Wendy the Good Little Witch, in 1960. Other ancillary titles featuring the pleasant young witch include Wendy Witch World (October 1961 to September 1974), and Casper and Wendy (September 1972 to November 1973). Another Wendy the Good Little Witch comic ran from April 1991 to August 1994, and a three-issue Wendy and the New Kids on the Block saw print in 1991.

In addition to Casper, the Wendy comics frequently feature Wendy's "aunties", Thelma, Velma and Zelma, with whom she shares a cottage in a haunted forest. The story "Remember When"[1] recounts how Wendy was abandoned as a baby on their doorstep. The sisters tried to raise her to practice black magic, but Wendy consistently called on good spirits for white magic, frustrating her aunties. Unlike Wendy, her aunts have green wartish skin of the type associated with Halloween witches. One story states that the reason for this is because witches don't get enough sleep.[2]

Like many of Harvey's stable, Wendy is a design variation on the prototype of Casper. So are Richie Rich, Gloria Glad, Little Dot and others.

She has appeared in various other media including television and film.

Other media[edit]

Wendy made her first screen appearance in the theatrical Paramount Casper cartoon short, Which is Witch (1958). She was voiced by Mae Questel.

In 1963, she became a frequent supporting character in the animated TV series, The New Casper Cartoon Show, and was voiced by Norma MacMillan (who also voiced Casper).

Christina Ricci's character of Kat in the Casper movie was originally named Wendy in the script but changed at the last minute because otherwise Universal would have been required to buy the rights to her character as well. However, several hints that her character was originally Wendy still made it into the film, such as the red hoodie she wears in the film during one scene that resembles her robe from the comics.

She is one of the main characters of Casper Meets Wendy

List of comic series[edit]

  • Casper: The Friendly Ghost (1952) (Harvey)
  • Spooky (1955) (Harvey)
  • Casper: The Friendly Ghost (1955) (Associated Newspapers)
  • Casper's Ghostland (1958) (Harvey)
  • Casper: The Friendly Ghost (1958) (Harvey)
  • Wendy the Good Little Witch (1960) (Harvey)
  • Spooky Spooktown (1961) (Harvey)
  • Wendy Witch World (1961) (Harvey)
  • Tuff Ghosts Starrings Spooky (1962) (Harvey)
  • Nightmare & Casper (1963) (Harvey)
  • TV Casper and Company (1963) (Harvey)
  • Casper and Nightmare (1964) (Harvey)
  • Astro Comics (1968) (Harvey)
  • Spooky Haunted House (1972) (Harvey)
  • Casper and Wendy (1972) (Harvey)
  • Casper Space Ship (1972) (Harvey)
  • Casper and Spooky (1972) (Harvey)
  • Casper and the Ghostly Trio (1972) (Harvey)
  • Casper in Space (1973) (Harvey)
  • Friendly Ghost Casper: Tales of Wonder (1974) (Tempo Books)
  • Casper: Fun and Fantasy (1976) (Tempo Books)
  • Friendly Ghost Casper: The Wishing Cake and Other Stories (1977) (Tempo Books)
  • Casper and... (1987) (Harvey)
  • Wendy The Good Little Witch (1991) (Harvey)
  • Casper and the Spectrals (2009) (Ardeen Entertainment)
  • Harvey Comics Treasury (2010) (Dark Horse Comics)

Wendy was played by Hilary Duff in the 1998 direct-to-video film Casper Meets Wendy, her first movie.

TDK published a video game, Wendy: Every Witch Way, for the Game Boy Color in 2001.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wendy the Good Little Witch #65, February 1971
  2. ^ Casper Digest #2 "The Secret of Oddella / Rude Awakening" December 1986