Wacky Witch's housework.


Original medium: Comic Books
Published by: Gold Key Comics
First Appeared: 1971
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Wacky Witch was one of Gold Key's original comic book properties, just like Doctor Solar and Magnus. But she isn't remembered nearly as well — could that be because those two were members of the only genre capable of sticking in the minds of many comic book fans, superheroes? But Wacky was a …

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… superhero too! She had the magical super power of making practically anything she wanted come true (provided she didn't mess up the spell), and one of her most time-consuming activities was to protect the realm of King Dingaling from harm (sometimes caused by the error-prone activities of the king himself).

Wacky's heroic qualities weren't so well recognized in her first issue (January, 1971, but listed as March in at least one major bibliography). In fact, it was hard for her just to rent a room in which to lay her weary head. Even the musty old spare tower in Dingaling's castle was unavailable to her, until she showed she could protect his gold from The Midnight Knight and his cheese from Bobin and his Merry Mice (both of them, Nott 'n' Ham) of nearby Burwood Forest. After that, the king let her stay rent-free, as long as she was available for emergencies. The fact that it came with a roommate, Batty Bat, didn't bother her a bit. Before that first issue was over, Wacky's old pal, Greta Ghost, came to stay with them.

Speaking in a Middle English patois even less grammatical than that of The Mighty Thor, Wacky ran 21 issues, ending with a December, 1975 cover date. The tenth introduced The Three Tusketeers, a bunch of boars all riding the same horse, who dressed as French Musketeers and protected the kingdom in more conventional ways. After the series ran its course, two issues of Gold Key Spotlight, one in 1976 and the other in '77, were devoted to Wacky.

And that was nery nearly the last of her. Unlike Space Family Robinson, Tragg & the Sky Gods and many other Gold Key originals, there wasn't even a one-issue revival, reprinting the first issue, years later when the company was on its last legs as a comic book publisher.

But in 1996, Golden Books — like Gold Key Comics, an imprint of Western Printing — issued a 24-page cookbook for children, with her face plastered across the cover, titled Wacky Witch's Cookbook. Perhaps contrary to expectations, however, it didn't use ingredients like eye of newt and wing of bat.


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