Wendy the Witch – Enchanted Forest

Wendy the Witch is a cute, blond enchantress (“a good little witch”) featured in Harvey comics and Television and Movie spin-offs.

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Wendy lives in the enchanted forest with her three witch aunties: Thelma, Velma and Zelma who have warts and green skin.

Wendy travels on a flying broom and uses a magic wand to protect her friends – many of whom are the animals who live in the forest. Wendy’s other friends included Casper the Friendly Ghost, Nightmare the Galloping Ghost and The Ghostly Trio.

The Wendy character made her first appearance in the Harvey comic book “Casper the Friendly Ghost” #20, May 1954. Wendy later headlined her own comic adventures in “Harvey Hits” #7 March, 1958. She received her own comic in “Wendy the Good Little Witch” in August of 1960 and a spin-off “Wendy Witch World” in 1961.

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Wendy later appeared as part of THE NEW CASPER CARTOON SHOW/ABC/1963-69. Her comic ran until 1973. The title was shortly revived in 1974-76 and made a brief return again in 1990-94. Artists responsible for drawing the Wendy character over the years were Steve Mufatti, then Warren Kremer, Marty Taras and Howard Post.

NOTE: In 1998, Wendy appeared in the live-action film “Casper Meets Wendy.” The story is a variation of the Snow White tale. Instead of an evil Queen, there is an evil Warlock named Desmond Spellman (George Hamilton) who looks into his magic mirror and receives the bad news that he is no longer No. 1 (“fairest in the land”). Having an attack of vanity, he sends two henchmen to eliminate his competition, namely Wendy the Good Little Witch (played by Hilary Duff).

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To save Wendy, her three aunts (Cathy Moriarty as Gert, Shelley Duvall as Gabby, Teri Garr as Fanny) go into hiding at the Sunny Brite Resort where they lay low and swear off using magic to prevent Desmond from detecting their presence. Here, Wendy meets Casper the Friendly Ghost and the two become close friends despite the traditional belief that ghosts and witches can not be friends. Together, Wendy and Casper formulate a plan to thwart Desmond’s treachery.

Wendy the Witch
c/o Aunties Thelma, Velma, and Zelma
Enchanted Forest

Casper Meets Wendy (IMDB)
The New Casper Cartoon Show (IMDB)
Casper the Friendly Ghost – Deep Boo Sea/ The Witching Hour (Video)
Casper Meets Wendy (Video)

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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