Who in Tarnation is the Gunslinger Ghost in Scooby-Doo Where Are You #83?
Scooby-Doo and the gang are on the Lazy Wagon Ranch to investigate a mysterious Gunslinger Ghost that has made the cattle “skedaddle” in Scooby-Doo Where Are you “The Good the Bad and the Ghostly.” Can the Scooby-Gang solve the mystery before the ranch has to close?
The story is like most Scooby-Doo plots, the gang find a mystery, meet the suspects, split up, plan a trap, and they catch the ghost. This story has all of the classic Scooby tropes, like Shaggy and Scooby looking for food, but finding a monster instead. There are two stories in this issue and comics generally have less dialogue than an episode, so the story moves a bit quicker. Scooby-Doo was never known for giving their characters much depth, but I could have used a bit more from the villain. Her motive is funny, but kind of weak.
The art was perfect. Walter Carzon (pencils), Horacio Ottolini (inker), and Silvana Brys (colors) mimic the classic Hanna-Barbera characters, adding more comic book style. The line size varies, cross hatching, and vivid colors give the Cartoon more fluency.
“Yankee Doodle Danger” is the second story in Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #83. This time the Scooby-Gang lends their detective skills to Mayor West on New England Beach, where a Firework Monster plans to sabotage this year’s Fourth of July firework show.
The second story is a bit stronger than the previous. The villains have a better motive and the gang does a bit more detective work than when they were in the ol’ west. Their trap is even more elaborate. Both stories are fun to read and are nostalgic of the tv show.
The artwork isn’t as detailed in “Yankee Doodle Danger” as it was in “The Good the Bad and the Ghostly.” The creative team gets the likeness down but doesn’t add anything more to the characters. They seem to have less personality and their stiffness resembles the show too much. There is, however, a great panel with a helicopter. It’s really dynamic and is the most interesting illustration in the whole book.
Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #83 is nostalgic, simple and fun, but I think if the artist team from the first story paired with the writer from the second story we could have had an even better Scooby issue.
“The Good the Bad and the Ghostly”
Writer: Derick Fridolfs
Cover: Derick Fridolfs
Art: Walter Carzon
Inker: Horacio Ottolini
Colors: Silvana Brys
Letters: Saida Temofonte
Editor: Rob Levin
Publisher: DC Comics
“Yankee Doodle Danger”
Writer: John Rozum
Cover Art: Vincent Deporter
Art: Fabio Laguna
Colors: Dave Tanguay
Letters: Sal Cipriano
Editor: Harvey Richards