If you scroll down to my in-progress drawing of “the couple”, you’ll see where I mentioned that I had never seen any evidence of the original design being a changing portrait with the woman strangling the man. I’m eating my words.
This photo is a crop from the post I recently reblogged about Marc Davis’ art for the Haunted Mansion and BAM! Evidence.
On an interesting note, the ghost host had legs originally. I need to find a book with the concept art in it. Does it exist?