The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Complete A-Z for the Entire Magical World - Judika Illes 2005
Wendy the Good Little Witch
Wendy the Good Little Witch first appeared in 1954 in the back pages of Casper the Friendly Ghost comics. She was eventually popular enough to merit her own comic series and was also featured in a cartoon television show. (Harvey Comics has been “on hiatus” since the 1990s. Wendy’s future, along with the other Harvey characters, remains uncertain.)
Wendy is Casper the Ghost’s friend. She often shares pages with Casper, and they make appearances in each other’s series. She serves a very similar function to Casper, although in witch-world, rather than the realm of ghosts. Just as Casper is the sole “friendly” ghost amidst a bunch of dour chain-clankers, Wendy is the only nice witch amongst a sour bunch.
Wendy dresses entirely in red and wears a baby’s one-piece outfit complete with peaked hat/hood, although she’s not an infant. Her age is indeterminate; she appears to be a small child although she comes and goes independently and quite competently. She has a magic wand with a glowing red tip and flies a broom. Her lack of green skin and warts annoys the other witches.
Wendy is seemingly the only good witch, an anomaly. Wendy lives with her aunts, “The Witch Sisters,” typical, stereotyped green-faced crones with hooked noses. They specialize in stinky brews and trouble. Wendy serves as sort of a subtle peace enforcer, protecting people from her relatives and also protecting her aunts from malicious humans. There are various other witch characters; other little girl witches wear identical costumes but theirs are usually blue. None are nice or intelligent like Wendy. One sorry little witch is named Dumbella while another is Bratty Lou. Although the series was meant to be “cute” it reinforces negative stereotypes. A comic book produced in 1970 shows the frustrated Witch Sisters hiring a tutor, Miss Moldee, to teach Wendy “the witch way,” defined as being “mean” and “unpleasant.” The series was geared for younger children and thus nothing really bad can happen, there’s no violence or real drama; the witches’ mean spirit usually translates into their playing tricks on animals, usually transforming cute ones into less attractive species.