Wrong! Casper is the ghost of Richie Rich! The Harvey Comics issue from 1947 where the little rich bastard gets trundled by a cement truck is a rare collector’s issue exceeded in value only by Action Comics #1.
From The Simpsons episode Three Men and a Comic Book:
Bart: Well, you know what I think? I think Casper is the ghost of Richie Rich.
Lisa: Hey, they do look alike!
Bart: Wonder how Richie died.
Lisa: Perhaps he realized how hollow the pursuit of money really is and took his own life.
Marge: Kids, could you lighten up a little?
Things turned out badly for a lot of the Harvey characters. For example:
Wendy the Good Little Witch was able to free herself from the pernicious influence of her evil aunts, and eventually earned a scholarship to Radcliffe. Unfortunately, a weekend barhopping trip with sorority sisters took an unfortunate detour through Salem, where she was burned at the stake.
Baby Huey became an All-American right tackle at the U of Miami and was considered a surefire first-round draft pick, but his career was derailed by a late-night shooting outside an off-campus apartment. He’s now spending 10-20 in the state pen on a weapons possession charge.
Li’l Dot’s parents were finally able to get her on medication for her OCD, and after extensive counseling, she was able to overcome her fixation on poka-dots. She now merely washes her hands all day instead.
Li’l Audrey goes door-to-door telling people the good news about Jesus.
Hot Stuff is suffering the unspeakable torments of the dammed.
Li’l Lulu grew up and married Tubbs. They now live in a trailer park and weigh a combined 560 lbs.
Most kid-centric comic characters at one time seemed to have “uncles” and “aunts” as opposed to “parents”, likely to belie the fact that people (and mice, ducks, and possibly ghosts) have sex, which, in addtion to being *gasp* enjoyable, apparently creates offspring. Good thing we were protected from that by the syndicates, otherwise we might have grown up with some really f*@#ed up ideas about life.