"Howl in the Family"
"A Case for the Birds"
In "Howl in the Family," Sholly Fisch has Scoob and the Gang come to the aid of the Ghastleys. This leads to some fine displays of Shaggy and Scooby terrified out of their wits all courtesy by reliable Scooby-Doo artists Robert Pope and Scott McCrae.
The quick reactions of Shaggy and Scooby however turn out to be all for a case of mistaken identity. The obvious ghouls are actually the Ghastleys--this will come to no surprise to anybody who has seen the Flintstones. Sholly though plays by the rules of the Scooby-Doo cosmos. Everything must have a rational explanation, and he provides a good one explaining the Ghastleys. The real fake ghosts, if you catch my drift, are much more frightening figures.
The second story a finely-feathered fairplay mystery courtesy of Robbie Busch. This time the Gang investigate the theft of a rare bird. This places the dog and his friends among the pigeons of a show of birds and an aviary of suspects. Careful observation of the clues placed by artist Joe Staton will reveal the culprit and the motive.
The remaining pages offer a return to Ghastley mansion where Shaggy and Scooby as well as the reader must negotiate a maze to retrieve the Shagster's missing socks and shoes--which indeed were left behind along with his dust. This issue of Scooby-Doo also features a delightful short by Daryl Taylor Kravitz and excellent Scooby-Doo artist Scott Neely. Kravitz and Neely make use of Shag's and Scoob's shared habit of stealing each other's food in an inventive and tasty gag.
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