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Scooby Doo #112

Posted: Saturday, September 23, 2006
By: Ray Tate



"Eek-stra Innings"

Writer: Sholly Fisch
Artists: Robert Pope (p), Scott McCrae (i), Heroic Age (colors)

The first mystery is a winner. The ghost is a fun phantom based on a famous ball player. The gist of its attack involves a famous sports curse. It's so famous that although I have little interest in sports not involving volleyballs and women in bikinis even I have heard of this curse.

Fisch peppers the proceedings with mangled monikers that fit Robert Pope's and Scott McCrae's mimicked batters. His mystery dusts off the plate with a decidedly fairplay call. While the Gang in perfect character find the score, Scooby and Shaggy fill their stomachs and accidentally send the ghost to the showers. Yeeeeeeeer out!

"Wolf in Sheep Clothing"

Writer: Frank Strom
Artists: Joe Staton(p), Dan Davis(i), Heroic Age (colors)

Strom's Scooby snack isn't at all a fairplay mystery. However, it's fun to see Velma lose her focus when a thinly disguised Nancy Drew--complete with titian hair--shows up to resurface their rivalry.

Joe Staton does his as usual level best to keep Mystery Inc. in character and Scooby and Shaggy in the kitchen. Pay close attention to Staton's superb worm's-eye back view of Scooby nearly on his haunches and Shaggy hunched over the refrigerator.

"Doctor Frankenstone's Monster"

Writer: Robbie Busch
Artists: Scott Jeralos(p), Jeff Albrecht(i), Heroic Age (colors)
Publisher: DC Comics

Despite adding a fun little maze worked into the story that adds complexity with three starting points, Robbie Busch blows it. The culprit and the monster are seen at the exact same time in the same scene. Can't be done, old bean.

New penciler Scott Jeralos comes up with some unique but on-model designs for Fred, Daphne, Velma, Scooby and Shaggy. He as well displays some spirit in his original creations, inked very carefully to create a cel-like appearance by Jeff Albrecht.



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