Posts Tagged ‘Scooby Doo’

Posted Monday, February 18th, 2019 by Barry

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Scooby-Doo and gang encounter a foursome of presidential ghosts in this, a true President’s Day Special. While the cover boasts a bold proclamation, the story itself – released Feb. 10, 2016 – never mentions the federal holiday.

The lead, and only original story, “All the President’s Ghosts” showcases the spirits of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and George Washington. Those meddling kids and their dog solve the mystery in 10 pages leaving ample room for two more features.

Scooby-Doo (2010) 66

Scooby-Doo (2010) 66

The remainder of the book features already printed material. Reprinted from Scooby-Doo (1997) issue 131 is “Velma’s Monsters of the World.” Acheri, the Indian legend of a murdered little girl, is related. Shaggy dons a Santa suit owing to the color red is the only protection from her wrath.

“You Want Frights With That?” is pulled from Scooby-Doo (1997) issue 111.

Scooby-Doo was first affiliated with President’s Day Feb. 19, 2001, when Cartoon Network aired an eight-hour marathon of Scooby-Doo, Where are You! from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

President’s Day, originally cited as Washington’s Birthday, is celebrated the third Monday of February. It is the occasion to honor the incumbent president and all persons who have served as president, not just our founding father.

The food most traditionally associated with the day is cheery pie, owing to Washington’s legendary act of chopping a cherry tree down and throwing himself under the bus when confronted.

Posted Thursday, February 14th, 2019 by Barry

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Simply put issue 117 is Mystery Inc. meets Valentine’s Day.

“Kingdom by the Sea” is a romantic tale of unrequited love lost in the mists of time and the sea.

“Ravenous” is the first of two Poe-inspired stories, this one in verse. Shaggy is the protagonist as a feverous dream causes him to worry about his friends.

Scooby-Doo (1997) 117

Scooby-Doo (1997) 117

Finally, “The Tell-Tale Heartburn” puts a new twist on the 1843-short Gothic fiction tale. Unlike the original villain the new culprit does commit the crime for greed.

Over the previous 50 years – yes, Scooby and those meddling kids have been around that long – have experienced their share of romance. Mostly flirtations and, as with the lead story, unrequited (pun intended) puppy-love within the gang.

Since the franchise was revitalized in 1998, the various incarnations have offered tongue-in-cheek speculation as to the inter-group relationships. Freddy has proclaimed his love for Daphne over and over in both Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010-13) and even more unabashedly in DC’s most recent comic book take Scooby Apocalypse. Daphne has returned affections, only at different times, most notably in Mystery Incorporated.

Both have shown jealousy when the other has expressed interest in other persons.

Shaggy and Velma were on-again, off-again in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, much to Scooby’s dismay. Shaggy also found a kindred soul in the feature-length animated Scooby-Doo! And the Alien Invaders.

Scooby himself has been smitten throughout the years even having his head turned as early as episode nine of the original series “The Backstage Rage.”

No matter what love triangles – or geometric contortions – there’s no shortage of affection for Scooby-Doo and those meddling kids. Happy 50th and Happy Valentine’s Day.

Posted Tuesday, December 25th, 2018 by Barry

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Merry Christmas from those “meddling kids” and dog as well as Jeff and I at Four Color Holiday Comics.

Now that paper has been shredded and curiosities sated, it’s time to settle back with a final adventure from Mystery Inc. before the New Year. Just remember, as 2019 dawns so does the 50th anniversary of Scooby-Doo.

That’s 350 in dog years.

Scooby-Doo (1997) 115

Scooby-Doo (1997) 115

Scooby and the gang have appeared in comic book form since 1970, just one year after their CBS network debut. Gold Key rehashed their Saturday morning adventures as reimagined by Phil DeLara, Jack Manning and Warren Tufts for 30 issues.

Charlton picked up the license next publishing 11 issues in 1975. Marvel offered nine issues from 1977 to 1979. The franchise sat idle on the comic book front until 1993 when Harvey Comics reprinted the Charlton years. Archie Comics was next in line printing a meager 21 issues.

By 1995 Warner Bros. and DC Comics were under the same roof and Scooby-Doo found a home where he remains to this day.

Issue 115 contains two stories and a Yeti tutorial.

In “It’s a Wonderful Fright” Shaggy is George Bailey to a Smithsonian of spooks dating to the first season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! A reoccurring theme in his dream – and the franchise – brings Shaggy to the realization of who is really behind the Ghost-Face-look-a-like mask and the mystery.

Following Velma’s brief interlude with Tales from the Yeti, the gang take on “Santa’s Evil Elves.”

Another round of costumed crooks attempt to steal food from the mouths of babes. It’s up to Scooby and Mystery Inc. to stop their nefarious plan – with a little help from a (very) old friend.

Let that digest with the turkey and trimmings and enjoy the evening. Another year is about to close, but, as touted above, 2019 will be the year of Scooby-Doo.  Who’d’ve thought a dog named after a Sinatra scat would become such an icon?

Posted Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 by Barry

Scooby-Doo! Team-Up 19

To honor the gang who gave us Halloween every Saturday morning for more than two decades, let’s take a look at 2016’s Scooby-Doo! Team-Up 19.

Scooby-Doo! Team-Up 19

Scooby-Doo! Team-Up 19

Zatanna has more than just a presentation of prestidigitation in mind when she invites Mystery Inc. to her show. Her father, Zatara, has gone missing – again. With no leads of her own, the spellbinding siren seeks aid from Scooby and the gang.

One clue leads to another as they find Zatara isn’t the only mystical mystery. Assorted accoutrements from around the conjuring community are missing.

When both sides of the wizarding world prove blameless they decide to look in plain sight to solve the mystery.

With the 50th anniversary of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! just around the corner, it is only fitting to close out October and Halloween with Joe Ruby and Ken Spear’s creation.

Originally the franchise was to be called House of Mystery. It was later changed to Mysteries Five focusing on five teenagers with a bongo-playing dog named Too Much. The characters were overhauled again, this time as doppelgangers to The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

Eventually the show was refined to what we know – and love – today as Scooby-Doo and Mystery Inc.

Hope you and yours have a very happy and haunting Halloween.

Posted Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 by Barry

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Scooby-Doo (1997) 131

Mystery Inc. celebrated Earth Day 2008 with a special cover and story in issue 131.

Observed April 22 every year, Earth Day commemorates and encourages environmental protection. It was inaugurated in 1970, but conceived in 1969 – the same year Scooby-Doo premiered – by peace activist John McConnell to honor Earth and its life-giving resources.

Fighting the good fight, Scooby and gang curtail the illegal activities of one Mr. Mort of Mort Chemicals who is clandestinely emptying waste from his defunct factory into a local river. To scare off do gooders bent on cleaning up the river he dresses as “The Toxic Troll.”

Daphne features prominently in the second feature entitled “Fashionistas” as Mystery Inc. shuts down the shenanigans at a haunted fashion show.

The books wraps up with a two-page “Velma’s Monsters of the World – Archer,” explaining the legend of the ghost squaw.

So, remember Mother Earth today. After helping clean up or recycle treat yourself to a re-run of Yogi’s Gang (aka Yogi’s Ark Lark) or simply kick back with a classic Scooby-Doo and gang. They never get old.

Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2018 by Barry

Yogi Bear’s Easter Parade

Yogi Bear’s Easter Parade

Cover dated 1978, Yogi Bear’s Easter Parade is the second in a hat trick of issues published by Marvel under the title The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera.

Captured in this static time capsule of primary colors and pastels are the kings and queens Saturday morning cartoon favorites. H-B’s roster of characters reads like a who’s who in the history of animation. Almost all are collected in the 50 pages of this book.

Yogi leads off with his self-titled Easter Parade story. Like a vintage Our Gang short, Yogi musters the colorful inhabitants of the Hanna-Barbera world to save Easter morning from capitalism.

Scooby-Doo and “those meddling kids” team with Blue Falcon and Dynomutt in Phantasma Gloria. The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour debuted in 1976 and by 1978 had run its course and was heading for syndication by the time this book was released.

“Robots Bloom in Spring” brought the Jetsons out of before- and after-school reruns with a short story centered on housekeeper Rosie who feels she has become obsolete.

“Spring Fever” is a cautionary tale of love and bank accounts. Top Cat and his band of Manhattan alley cats heavily inspired by the 1940’s East Side Kids save Officer Dibble from financial ruin.

The Flintstones bookend the issue in “Spring Training.” Barney and Betty’s adopted son, Bamm-Bamm, is signed to a Major League Baseball franchise only to find black gold instead.

Sprinkled between the stories are pages of puzzles sponsored by the Hanna-Barbera gang including Yakky Doodle’s Scrambled Eggs, Captain Caveman: Twin Trouble, Touche Turtle’s Crossword Puzzle, Huckleberry’s Comic Crostic and Magilla Magic.

Posted Friday, December 22nd, 2017 by Barry

Scooby Apocalypse

This is the book everyone should be reading.

Imagine Scooby-Doo and Mystery Inc. mashed with Resident Evil and elements of the Walking Dead. That’s Scooby Apocalypse.

The gifted tag-team of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis reimagines those meddling kids in a world devoid of any of the pop-flower power culture amidst which they were spawned in 1969.

For their 20th offering Scooby Apocalypse presents a post-apocalyptic Christmas – of sorts. More plot than season driven and not an issue to jump on board with. Just a nice present for the faithful fans.

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Posted Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 by Barry

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Scooby and the gang can’t catch a break learning ghost catching doesn’t break for Christmas.

Shaggy is none too subtle with his wish list for the 1998 holidays. About the only thing that can deter Mr. Rogers from his quest is the ghost of that season’s most anticipated video game. The meddling kids and their dog manage to make merry despite the interruption and show some compassion in “The Ghosts of Christmas Presents.”

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Posted Thursday, November 9th, 2017 by Barry

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Scooby-Doo (1997) 67

Scooby-Doo (1997) 67

When Ebenezer Scrooge is forewarned of ghosts to come, who’s he gonna call? That’s right: Mystery Inc.

A brief investigation of the bedroom where Scrooge was confronted reveals smudges on the floor leaving the gang to believe the threat was not a dream.  With the stage set, Shaggy and Scooby are volunteered to pose as Scrooge for the night. As promised the CEO and President of Scrooge Inc. Accounting, Tax Preparation and Loans is visited by three ghosts.

What the plan doesn’t anticipate are Fred, Velma, Daphne and Scrooge all locked in the closet they plan to spring their trap from.

We’ll leave the unmasking to the tale’s reader.

In addition to the haunting holiday yarn the book leads with a 10-year anniversary return to the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan Olympic fiasco only with ghosts and different skaters. And no real violence. So, maybe not an anniversary tale, but one reminiscent.

Posted Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 by Barry

Scooby-Doo Team-Up 21

Scooby-Doo Team-Up 21

Scooby-Doo Team-Up 21

Okay, I don’t know how this one slipped by me, but it was a wonderful after-Christmas surprise for the end of January.

Scooby-Doo has been a part of my life maybe as long as comic books. So, when you’ve got the patriarchs of the Bat Family fighting Harley Quinn and a guest appearance by the Joker, life is better than good.

Yeah, this one caught me off guard. There’s no mention of Christmas on the cover, but open the book and the festivities hit you over the head like Harley’s mallet.

Mystery Inc.’s search for the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future serve as the backdrop for this story that would be a welcome addition to anyone’s stocking.