Scooby-Doo #53

Posted: Sunday, October 14
By: Ray Tate
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"Prom Fright"
"Fight or Flight"

Writers:John Rozum; Brett Lewis
Artists:Joe Staton(p),Dave Hunt(i);John Delaney(p), Jeff Albrecht(i); Paul Becton
Publisher: DC

Plot: A pair of Scooby Snacks involving a prom and a mystery in the air.

In the first story, John Rozum reveals a little bit more about the gang while twisting the trite plot point of the school prom being the event in fiction. Usually a prom highlights the couple, but Mr. Rozum cleverly leaves a lot of room for those who doubt the Daphne/Freddie relationship. Are they a couple, or are they simply friends? You decide.

The prom in the horror genre usually translates the often life-changing reality into a life-changing surreality where you can wind up dead, eaten by Hellhounds or find yourself awash in pig's blood and telekinetically hurled through a window.

Mr. Rozum nicely marries "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" to the spooky traditions of the prom in horror fiction. By thinking about the reality of the situation, he elects a more realistic outcome if such hogwash ever would occur during a real prom. He also spares little sympathy for either the antagonist or the character who would be the traditional protagonist. It's a daring move that allows the Scooby Gang to be the more mature individuals and more overtly heroic.

Brett Lewis comes up with a pretty clever means to create a foo-fighter in the second story and throws in a good red herring to add a little suspicion. His partner in crime John Delaney from the The Adventures of the DCU creates eye-catching designs for the passengers and suspects aboard the flight, and his version of the gang is a welcome break in the never than less superb Joe Staton look for the animated sleuths.

While a certain similarity between the characters in the comic book to that of the television classics must be maintained, there is a lot of room for experimentation. Here, Jeff Albrecht creates some funky, postmodern inks that may be found in small press comic books. They add to the intensity of the effects, generate an unusual aesthetic and further distinguish their look from the more usual Staton artwork.

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