I know that Marvel Comics and Slave Labor Graphics have published comic books about The Haunted Mansion, but this cute Family Circus cartoon is the only place I’ve ever seen where it was mentioned in a comic strip.
This cartoon is a part of a long story where the family travels to Disneyland for a vacation.
The story begins with this cartoon and runs for a few weeks.
I realize that a comic strip from 2015 isn’t really retro, but the Haunted Mansion and Family Circus have both been around since the 1960s.
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark – is a perfect spokeswoman for the Season. After making her debut in September of 1981 with Elvira’s Movie Macabre she quickly became an icon. For one thing I think viewers appreciated the self-depreciating humor of the character. In addition there were the puns…those wonderfully horrible puns.
Furthermore by the time this particular Mug TV commercial aired – Elvira had already appeared in her 1988 movie. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark of course!
I am afraid the film didn’t exactly set the box office on fire with its ticket sales. In spite of attempting to do that very thing to her in the movie.
Elvira though proved you can’t keep a good ghoul down!
I doubt that way back in 1981 when Cassandra Peterson came up with the character, she ever thought that she would be featured in comic books, video games, and two Bally/Midway pinball tables.
On the other hand – her natural charm makes her the go to gal for Halloween, right? I can recall seeing this ad back in 1989. I drank a lot of Mugs Root Beer. Owing to the fact that I really wanted that chance to visit Universal Studios and see the Bates motel. The opportunity to hang out with Elvira…that was totally a cherry on top.
In spite of guzzling gallons of Mugs – I didn’t win. On the other hand we are all winners thanks to Dinosaur Dracula uploading this commercial!
Did you happen to spy The Hills Have Eyes Michael Berryman in that ad? You can see him at around the 15 second mark!
I’ve ridden the Haunted Mansion dozens of times. But one time I rode it was different from any other. I vaguely remember that one of the very first times I rode Haunted Mansion, there was someone in costume that jumped out at you.
Turns out my memory is correct. In the 1980s, Disneyland had a cast member dressed up a knight in armor. They were part of the ride and would jump out at guests.
All images courtesy of DoomBuggies.Com
The wonderful Haunted Mansion site DoomBuggies has an interview with one of the cast members who played the knight.
With only ten days away until Halloween – it’s a good time to start looking at costume kits. Now you can certainly head to your local mall and pick up a zombie mask or some such. Likewise you could really stand out this year and take a look at Travis Falligant’s Halloween Costume Starter Kits!
They are NOT coming soon anymore – they are here!
Don’t you share a lot of Falligant’s artwork?
Yes, I most certainly do. Whether it be “lost” Scooby-Doo episodes or a mash-up between The Breakfast Club and The NeverEnding Story. Travis Falligant is a very talented artist and in addition he is one heck of a nice guy. In fact if you visit the Saturday Frights Facebook Page you will see how much art he has graciously shared.
Okay. Question answered. What about these Halloween Costume Starter Kits?
I was getting to that. Travis also has a wonderful taste in movies. Cult movies that is to say. Given that the three Costume Starter Kits he is offering for example have been inspired by the likes of Blacula, Frankenhooker, and the Howling II!
I will start off with my favorite – the “Blood Sucka”!
All images courtesy of Travis Falligant.
Each of the three Costume Starter Kits cost a mere $18 and come with:
1 High quality mask printed and pressed on E-Flute Cardboard and matte laminated. Ready to wear!
1 T-Shirt Transfer Kit complete with tee design, iron-on instructions, and transfer paper.
2 Laminate stickers featuring the artwork of the character you have chosen.
Candy Starter kit to get your Trick or Treat game begun!
You can order the Halloween Costume Starter Kits right this second over at Travis’Etsy Store. Furthermore you can order all three so you can truly fit in with any creature of the night!