"The Monster of Shoogy Cove"
"Unfair Play at the Fair"
Writer: Ivan Velez Jr.;John Rozum; Robbie Busch
Artists: Robert Pope(p), Dave Hunt(i); Joe Staton(p), Scott McRae(i); Heroic Age(c)
This is a very unusual issue of Scooby Doo. All three stories in some way veer from the formula of Mystery Inc. All three however do not suffer from the attempt at doing something new.
In the first tale, a shark-like demon--read as man in rubber suit--attempts to frighten away the beachgoers at Shoogy's Cove. As you may have deduced from the name, Shoogy is Shaggy's relative, and though Ivan Velez Jr. portrays the Gang in character, he does not give the meddling kids any clues whereby they can uncover the identity of the Shark Monster. Instead, they just lay out a hilarious trap and put the kibosh on him.
Robert Pope does a fair job at capturing the Gang at work and at play. He does forget on occasion that Daphne has a prominent chin, but his take on the other characters--especially Velma and an emotive Scooby--do not embarrass him.
The second tale by experienced Scooby-Snackers John Rozum, Joe Staton and Scott McRae depict the Gang apres midi and put an Ellery Queen spin on the story. The mystery will strain very few brains, but it's still kind of neat.
Joe Staton for this tale is more expressive in the artwork. His depiction of the silhouetted Mystery Inc. with only their flashlight beams aglow is a particularly ingenious homage to the mystery genre.
Robbie Busch, more than his cohorts for this issue, tries to follow Scooby-Doo's trail. Still, he does break from convention by removing Velma from the mystery-solving. Velma is more concerned with her aunt who because of the "ghost" collapses. There's no happy ending either for the mischief maker. He's off to the pokey.
While these stories do not tread the exact footfalls of previous paw-prints in the series, they still are without a doubt Scooby-Dooby-Dooby-Doo and interesting variations on a theme.
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