Scooby-Doo Team-Up #26
DC Comics (July, 2017; as posted to comiXology in volume 5 of the trade)
“Enter The Dragon, Exit Scooby-Doo”
WRITER: Sholly Fisch
ARTIST: Scott Jeralds
COLORIST: Silvana Brys
LETTERER: Saida Temofonte
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Rob Levin
EDITOR: Kristy Quinn
In Chinatown the gang are menaced by Robot Fire-Breathing Kung-Fu Dragons. (That comic won’t catch on.) So they call on kung-fu hero and #1 super guy Hong Kong Phooey. With his “help” the gang uncovers the culprit and Daphne decides to take up martial arts.
What they got right: I like the nod to the Saturday morning limitations of even a comedic kung-fu hero not being able to be “violent”. ABC and the other networks had to deal with the Bureau Of Standards And Practices (or whatever the other networks called their office), who set strict standards to fend off the parent groups, many of whom I’m convinced weren’t actually parents. While this does make Hong Kong Phooey rather useless to the story…yeah, that’s basically what he was on his show since he won by luck or something Spot did. Essentially they got that part right. Plus we have a good reason for Daphne taking up martial arts beyond “the actress played Buffy The Vampire Slayer on TV”. Nice play with the lettering when Shaggy is reeling from the gong.
What they got wrong: I have no major complaints outside of the old stand-by complaint about not being able to solve the mystery, but even then we do get a chance to figure out the deal with the robot dragons if not the actual villain and motivation. Fisch is a bit too obsessed with Fred’s “remove the mask” obsession though.
What I thought overall: One of the better issues, though that requires the guest-star to be useless as a general rule rather than just useless to the story.