The New Groundskeeper is a comic story written and drawn by Darren William Frydendall, featuring the Haunted Mansion's Horace the Caretaker, Hitchhiking Ghosts Ezra, Phineas and Gus, Harriet and Hatbox Ghost, and, in their debuts, the New Groundskeeper and his Uncle Charles.
The conniving nephew of Horace the Caretaker's boss gets the old man fired from his job as caretaker of Old Gracey Manor, hoping to take over the position and use it as an opportunity to find the legendary treasure. Horace's warning that "they" won't like him do nothing to hinder the New Groundskeeper, who is in for a surprise when the Hitchhiking Ghosts fail to recognize the only mortal with whom they consider themselves “square”!
- The version of the Haunted Mansion which exists as an abandoned house near New Orleans has a plaque equivalent to the Disneyland Mansion's "Haunted Mansion" plaque, which instead reads “Gracey Manor” and gives the address as No. 1313.
- The New Groundskeeper possesses a map to the supposed treasure, which marks out a few of the secret passages in the Mansion, such as a hidden door in the Library.
- The legendary treasure of the Haunted Mansion would again be referred to in Mystery of the Manse (2005) and Disney Kingdoms' Haunted Mansion (2016), with the former of the two stories identifying it as William Gracey's pirate loot.
- The Hitchhiking Ghosts appear in the passengers' seat of the New Groundskeeper's car as he drives away, scaring him into a car crash as he catches sight of them in the rear-view mirror. This is a grislier take on the scene in the Disneyland The Haunted Mansion ride (1969) where they appear materialize inside the guests' Doombuggies in the guests' mirror reflections.
Behind the scenes
This story was only ever printed in 2005 in Haunted Mansion #1.