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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

31 Days of Halloween: Disney & Marvel's "The Haunted Mansion"

When I was a kid, we would watch The Wonderful World of Disney every Sunday night on ABC. No matter what the movie or show was, we sat down as a family to watch it. The intro that played before Michael Eisner would come out to introduce the movie was a montage of cartoon clips & footage from the disney parks. My favorite part of that opening was a five second clip of a ballroom full of waltzing ghosts from Disneyland's Haunted Mansion ride. Whenever I saw this, I would ask my mom & dad (both who, having lived in California, knew a lot more about Disneyland than I did) to regale us with tales of what the Haunted Mansion ride was like. Did you walk through it or was there a cart that pulled you? Were the ghosts real, lured there or kept against their will by some ghostly deal-went-wrong with Mr. Disney? Needless to say, I was hooked.

Now, when my family finally visited Disneyland at the beginning of my fifth grade year, I was beyond excited to visit The Haunted Mansion. When we arrived,  I was heartbroken to find that it was under construction & closed to the public. Similarly, when I visited Disney World with my middle school band three years later, I had the stomach flu the day we visited the Magic Kingdom & could not go in The Haunted Mansion for fear of getting sick on the ride.

I still think about that to this day. Yes, I know I need to learn to let things go.

*insert labored sigh for dramatic effect*

So you can imagine my surprise & excitement when I saw that Marvel & Disney had teamed up on a middle grade (Rated T for Teen) comic based on the iconic ride! Rick & I were trolling a Grand Junction comic book store while on a mini-vaca for our 6th anniversary & the shop we were in carried mostly single issues. I'm usually a trade/graphic novel girl, so I was having trouble finding some reading material for the remainder of our trip. While Rick checked out, I had one last look around the shop & came across the first two issues of Joshua Williamson & Jorge Manuel Carocha Coelho's The Haunted Mansion. 

This story centers on Danny as he searches for  his missing grandfather. His search leads him right to a mansion that could hold all the answers to the questions he has about his life & the mystery surrounding the disappearance of his grandfather. No old mansion would be complete without ghosts & this particular house has 999, but not all of them are happy or friendly! Who wants to help Danny & who is hell bent on hurting him? You'll just have to read to find out!

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There are currently five issues out for your reading pleasure & this is the perfect time of year for such an atmospheric literary treat. You can check out a sample here. If you can't track down the comics but still want to get in the spooky mood, check out a playlist based on the ride & comic here. And if that's not enough to tingle your spine, check out the Disneyland ride for yourself! But beware, dear readers & friends, all is not always as it seems........

WELCOME, FOOLISH MORTALS, TO THE HAUNTED MANSION!!!!

Jeff Granito Art 

4 comments:

  1. I hope you get to realize your dream of visiting the Haunted Mansion ride someday soon! It is odd that you had not one but two opportunities that were thwarted. Maybe the spirits sensed your inner Buffy! What a great idea, a comic based on the ride complete with soundtrack! We will have to try to find a copy! Love these posts!

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    1. Me, too! I hope you guys can find a few issues of the comic! If you can't, let me know & I'll send you the first two! Miss you so much, bosom friend! <3

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  2. In the fall they switch the ride over to nightmare before Christmas and it is so good. I love that it keeps part of the classic, but has a more fun feel.

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    1. Oh, that's so neat! They really know what they're doing over there at Disney, huh? ;)

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