In the quiet but creepy back-street, dark-alley parts of Fantastica there is a creepy house known as Monster Mansion. Yes, it is a cartoon house in a cartoon fantasy land. But it is creepy. Well, maybe creepy in a funny, cartoonish sort of way. Okay… so it isn’t really creepy. But Dr. Pinkenstein (pictured above with his monster Elroy) does live there, so it has to at least qualify as weird.
In the sub-basement (where there are no submarines… that we know of) there is an underground river. That is where the resident gill-man lives. Known as Swampie, he takes care of the rats, the cockroaches, and the fish… mostly by eating them. In the portrait above, he is being visited by Lonny the Wolf-boy and the Monster Mansion resident vampire, Count Stinkula. Both of them are often asked by the Mansion’s residents to spend time in the sub-basement, Lonny because he howls too much, and the Count because he smells really, really rotten.
If you ever make the mistake of visiting Monster Mansion (and that would be a really, really big mistake), you will be greeted at the door by Monster Mansion’s butler, Doofy the Pumpkinhead. He is a very nice and welcoming scarecrow sort of dude, but he’s a little hard to hold a conversation with. If the candle in his head goes out, there is nothing going on in the gourd at all. In the picture above, Doofy is pictured with the Phantom. Mr. P is in charge of mood music in Monster Mansion. He plays the pipe organ, but it has been relegated to the basement because the clinker notes have a tendency to break the windows upstairs.
So, that’s everything you didn’t want to know about Monster Mansion. Sorry I had to break it to you this way. But cartoonists can be like that. Not creepy, really… more like a little bit weird.