Number 2309: Little Lulu: “The Little Girl Who Did Not Believe in Ghosts”
John Stanley’s Little Lulu stories for Dell Comics are some of my favorite comics from a lifetime of reading comics. As I felt when I was very young, I think the best stories are the tales that Lulu spins for her neighbor, Alvin. Alvin pesters Lulu to tell him a story, and to get rid of him Lulu has to come up with yet another in her long series about the Little Girl. This episode predates the very popular stories about Witch Hazel and Little Itch, always outsmarted by the Little Girl, but it still has a supernatural element. The Little Girl comes upon a school for ghosts while looking for her parents, a pair of sparrows. These stories are stories within stories. Alvin does something obnoxious. After all, he is a boy, a brat! But as Lulu’s Mom tells Lulu’s Pop when Alvin interrupts their sleep, “Lulu will keep him quiet.” The framing devices for Lulu’s fanciful fabrications are funny.
From Little Lulu #24 (1950). Story by Stanley, art by the Irving Tripp studio.