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Jonny Harvey on The Legacy of Harvey Comics with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Jan 1, 2020 · 59 min
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Alex Grand and Jim Thompson discuss the history of Harvey Comics with the grandson of Leon Harvey, Jonny Harvey, documentary filmmaker.  From its humble beginnings in 1939, Al Harvey started Harvey comics from a business deal with Irving Manheimer and Worth Carnahan.  His two brother’s, Robert and Leon Harvey joined and this family found success licensing characters for comics like the Green Hornet, Dick Tracy, Flash Gordon and Paramount Picture's Casper the Friendly Ghost.  Harvey developed Casper into what we know today and also created original characters like Richie Rich.  In 1958, Harvey purchased the rights to Casper, and got more characters like Hot Stuff printing comics for young kids.  Despite its huge pop cultural success, The Harvey Family ceased publishing comics, and then sold the company in 1989.  How did this mighty empire collapse and leave us the legacy of Casper the Friendly Ghost? Images used in artwork ©Their Respective Copyright holders, CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. Thumbnail Artwork ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at

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