DC Comics (June, 2000; posted to comiXology April, 2004)
COLORIST: Paul Becton
LETTERER: John Costanza
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Harvey Richards
EDITOR: Heidi MacDonald
“Phast Phood Phantom” (Seriously? That’s the spelling you went with?)
WRITER: Bob Fingerman
PENCILER: Joe Staton
INKER: Dave Hunt
“The Weeping Bride Of Lover’s Leap”
WRITER: Joe Edkin
PENCILER: Eric Doeschner
INKER: Andrew Pepoy
The first story has a ghost terrorizing a burger joint while the pizza place next door is making some bad decisions. It’s not a solve along mystery but this is a twist that actually works. I did think the baddie spilled the whole plan a bit too easy but there’s only so much space thanks to this stupid decision to force two stories per issue.
A ghostly bride is warning anyone who is proposed to at Lover’s Leap that he’s sure to abandon her if she accepts. It’s tied to a legend that actually isn’t true but that’s not the most interesting part about the mystery. This was actually rather different. The ghost actually helps save Shaggy and Scooby while the happy ending, granted a bit forced, still works. It’s better than how the witness is introduced, though at least his girlfriend accepted his proposal. So why is he there now? This was actually a lot of fun and did something unique with the formula. I like when it tweaks things for a particular story. It keeps things fresh.
Overall this is a great issue and while comiXology has this one free (and maybe some of DC’s other digital partners, so look around) it’s worth reading. If you prefer a hard copy, this is also a back issue worth looking into.