Spooky the Tuff Little Ghost
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|Spooky the Tuff Little Ghost|
Cover of Spooky the Tuff little Ghost # 6
(September 1956) drawn by Warren Kremer
|First appearance||Casper the Friendly Ghost #10 (June, 1953)|
|Team affiliations||Casper the Friendly Ghost
Pearl (Spooky's girlfriend)
Spooky the Tuff Little Ghost is a fictional character that appeared in titles published by Harvey Comics. Spooky first appeared in Casper the Friendly Ghost #10 (June 1953). He is Casper's cousin, although their exact relation is never specified. He generally resembles Casper except he has freckles, a derby hat, and a large, black nose.
Spooky is written with a Brooklyn accent, for example calling his girlfriend and fellow ghost Pearl, "Poil." His iconic derby hat is, therefore, a "doiby." Although he shares traits with The Ghostly Trio as far as loving to scare the living and being somewhat of a tough guy jerk, he isn't as cruel to his cousin as the Trio is, though he occasionally makes fun of Casper for being friendly, and Spooky has his moments of goodwill.(He does have a conscience: in an early story, (Boo Year (Casper the Friendly Ghost #17,Feb.,1954) after a night of outrageous scaring people,he awakens the next morning to find himself chased by vengeful townspeople who have found the way to destroy him permanently. He is captured - and then wakes up !It was all a dream,brought on by a subconscious fear of victims getting revenge.
Pearl, who fell in love with Spooky when he rescued her from captivity by abusive witches who were enslaving her in her own house in one comic-book issue, is always trying to stop him from scaring, by reprimanding him, keeping an eagle-eye on him, staying with him all day, threatening to break up with him, or dating other ghost-guys. (Whenever she does, she always ends up finding fault with her new date and thinking Spooky is better by comparison, so she returns to him.) So Spooky is always finding ways to keep his scaring secret from Pearl, sometimes by making it appear that someone else did it.
After several appearances in Casper the Friendly Ghost, Spooky moved to several spin-off titles, including Spooky Spooktown (1961–76), Spooky Haunted House (1972-75) and Tuff Ghosts Starring Spooky (1962–72). The original ran until #161 in September, 1980.
Appearances in other media
Spooky made four theatrical films with Casper, Hide & Shriek (1954), Hooky Spooky (1957), Which Is Witch (1958), & Doing What's Fright (1959).
Spooky is part of the 1963 animated television series The New Casper Cartoon Show, which ran from 1963 to 1969.
In 1996, after the success of the 1995 Casper feature film, a new animated show, Casper, premiered on Fox Kids. Spooky was voiced by Rob Paulsen. In the 2000 computer-animated movie Casper's Haunted Christmas, Spooky's voice was provided by Samuel Vincent.
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