“Like we aren’t even safe going TO a mystery anymore.”

Scooby-Doo #18

DC Comics (January, 1999)

COLORIST: Paul Bactin

LETTERER: John Costanza

EDITOR: Dana Kurtin

“Are We Scared Yet?”

WRITER: Chris Duffy

PENCILER: Manny Galan

INKER: Mike DeCarlo

“Sound Stage Spook”

WRITER: John Rozum

PENCILER: Joe Staton

INKER: Andrew Pepoy

As Shaggy, Scooby, and a sleeping Velma drive to meet the others, our first story finds Shag and Scoob dealing with a gremlin that wants them off the road. This one is more for the giggles than being a mystery, and it’s strange that Velma doesn’t believe Shaggy and Scooby about the gremlin even after hearing one of the shop keepers discussing it. Still, it’s a fun tale, but it feels more like the back-up story than the main story.

Our other tale meanwhile feels more like the main story than the back-up. Fred’s uncle from issue #5 (which I don’t appear to have) invites the gang to his new movie in production but the ghost of a famous character actor is trying to ruin it. I’d like to think Fred doing voice work for the final trap is a nod to Frank Welker but I kind of doubt it. There’s still a mystery angle but it’s less about who is doing it (we only get one person even close to a suspect and spoilers–it isn’t him) than how he did it. Not bad though.

Overall it’s not a must own but a fun read nonetheless.

About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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