Harvey Comics


I loved reading Harvey Comics as a kid, and into "adulthood." (They're not published anymore, alas.) Their universe was quintessentially wacked and weird. As famed comics scribe Grant Morrison has remarked in an interview, sometimes the willed naivete of Silver Age writers following the Comics Code produced much stranger stuff than any consciously avant-garde writer could.

Take the two page strip to the right for instance, from an old digest-reprint of some Casper stuff. To parse it is to risk madness.

Is Nightmare indeed a mare, ie, female? if not, and even if so, is that the gayest hairdo ever, on horse or human? Why does a forest gnome like to hang out with a ghost horse? Why is playing human cowboys popular among the gnomes? Likewise riding an airplane. And finally, how demented does a ghost horse have to be, to stick planks up its butt and into its chest, and then purr like a cat, all in an effort to emulate a mechanical device so as to placate a gnome?

How I miss Harvey Comics! Thank goodness Dark Horse is reprinting some.....

     Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 09, 2008
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Big Gary--spot on!
Posted by Paul on 09/09/08 at 01:02 PM
Wenthral--these kids will imitate anything!
Posted by Paul on 09/09/08 at 01:58 PM
Gnome...riding...horse. Huh.
Posted by DC on 09/09/08 at 02:42 PM
DC--the image of the horse riding the gnome is infinitely more disturbing!
Posted by Paul on 09/09/08 at 02:52 PM
I think the wood plank wedged into the horse's ass is the winner in the disturbing category.
Posted by DC on 09/09/08 at 03:39 PM
DC--the winning image, indeed!
Posted by Paul on 09/09/08 at 04:18 PM
Mark Arnold--holy cats! That's a great site! And a touring art show as well? Super! Thanks for giving us this heads-up! And best of luck with all things HC!
Posted by Paul on 09/09/08 at 05:12 PM
That... Is extremley bizarre. And disturbing. XD
Posted by Lucy Boomcrackle in Tennessee on 09/10/08 at 07:49 AM
Lucy--you have barely begun to probe the depths of the Harveyverse!
Posted by Paul on 09/10/08 at 09:40 AM
T--do not buy the reprint volumes, or your head will explode!
Posted by Paul on 09/10/08 at 10:16 AM
It's weird how there's no clear punchline. It just sort of keeps on going, getting slightly stranger until they hit you at the end with a flying board-horse.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 09/10/08 at 01:30 PM
Kingmonkey--I am trying to picture the drunken, frazzled condition of the writers and artists in the Harvey bullpen....
Posted by Paul on 09/10/08 at 02:41 PM
DFS--I've been reading some more Harvey stuff since this post, and could add endless examples of weirdness to the blog--but I'll refrain!
Posted by Paul on 09/12/08 at 11:35 AM
DFS--there was indeed an episoide I just read involving Casper and a squirrel, but it was disappointingly not up to your more-entertaining conjecture.
Posted by Paul on 09/13/08 at 12:22 PM
Alex rex--thanks for the tips!
Posted by Paul on 10/03/08 at 12:33 PM
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