Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Naked Dead Baby With Dangling Parts Cut Off Construction


This has to be the cheapest character design ever.
It's just a construction model for a stock 40s baby character.

It's such a funny concept to have a character without a design or any details at all. Even ears are too expensive to draw!


There are a million characters based on this construction, but this is the only one that is nothing but construction.

Here it is with ears and clothes:
Here he is with ears, a hat and even hair! That adds to the expense.

20 comments:

Frizzurd said...

then they got all the Casper clones like Richie Rich and that little devil guy.
Must be easy drawing the same character with different accessories...kind of like most anime.

RooniMan said...

It all boils down to Caspar for characters who share his construction.

Chip Butty said...

I love Casper's gimmick - that he innocently scares anyone - but the Harvey style is too cute for it to ever really pay off. Imagine the gags if Tex Avery had directed a Casper cartoon!

Rothello said...

In that comic picture that has the "And Audrey Says" on it, I could have sworn that Caspar's face was in fact Little Audrey's.

Which brings up its own disturbing line of questions.

The Butcher said...

Hahahahahaha! That hot dog was more interesting to look at than Caspar. In fact, it's kind of funny.

G'Tron said...

I wonder if Casper grows up to be the Silver Surfer? They're both completely featureless and basically invincible...

Roberto Severino said...

Maybe Preston Blair should have used Caspar as the model for the cute character, if he had permission to use him at that time. Even the construction model in Preston's book has a little bit of anatomy and even hair, if you look really closely. Caspar is literally nothing except appealing eyes and a tiny mouth.

What do you think of the animated Caspar cartoons and others that Famous Studios did in the 40s and 50s anyway, since you love the Harveytoons comics so much? Just wondering.

Scrawnypumpkinseed said...

That was a hauntingly misleading name John. No pun intended.

Caspar, Little Audrey, Richie Rich, Spooky. The list goes on!

It's basically the Elmer Fudd cross-dressing situation on even more basic level.

EalaDubh said...

Well in all fairness, Casper is supposed to be bland and nebulous, that's how you tell him apart from the rest of the Harvey stock.

Casper's modern-day populist design counterpart is of course, this:

http://mooglelove.com/moogle_000.jpg

Steve Hogan said...

Funny observation! I guess it goes hand in hand with the fact that Caspar had a less defined personality than his relatives the Ghostly Trio. (Also, interesting to note that he lacked their Klu Klux Klan style head peaks.)

That Golden record cover is pretty sweet though.

Timothy R said...

Yeah, what an awkward post title. None of my friends would go to the link even though I've showed them your blog before...

Despite how bland Casper's design is, it still is somewhat cute.

Bill Field said...

John, I never thought of Casper that way! How funny that the CG Casper has more design in a sense- but NO LEGS! I wonder if they changed his design below the belt for legal reasons? I can't stand it- but love the original Oriolo design!

HemlockMan said...

I read a shitload of Casper comic books when I was a kid. I enjoyed just about all of the Harvey comics--except maybe for Little Max. But I can't tell you why I read so many Casper comics. The character himself never appealed to me, probably because he was sickeningly sweet. I much preferred the supporting cast.

Like most kids, I did notice that Casper appeared to be Richie Rich, only dead.

Elana Pritchard said...

Where did you find those Casper comics? An old bus station? Dumpster?

Ray said...

If Casper were done Spumco style he'd probably be like the Son of Stimpy episode, where the fart talked.

Geneva said...

Hey John,

A few months back I was at a comic book store and I saw this bundle of fun called "Casper and the Spectrals."

I really like that painting of Casper! So cute.

Geneva said...

I just realized that I wasn't totally clear that my recent post was sarcasm, for those who didn't follow, ha ha.

Kirk said...

...pretty bitchin' hotdog. sl

Oisin O'Sullivan said...

Hey, Mr. Kricfalusi!
I thought this was a family - orientated website

Shawn Dickinson said...

What Casper lacks in details is made up in that amazing jumping wiener.