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Dead & Let Spy
Let spy
Information
Publisher DC Comics
Release date May 2006
Part of Scooby-Doo! #106
Pages 10
Writer Alex Simmons
Pencils Robert W. Pope
Inks Scott McRae
Colors Heroic Age
Letters Travis Lanham
Editing Michael Siglain
Chronology
Previous Hot Time In The Old Temple Tonight
Next The Ghostly Fruit Stand

Dead & Let Spy is a story in Scooby-Doo! #106.

Premise

Young British spy J.Z. Bang is being stalked by monsters everywhere he goes on his missions. He needs the help of MI-5, the five members of Mystery Inc., that is.

Synopsis

Characters

Character
Scooby-Doo
Shaggy Rogers
Fred Jones
Daphne Blake
Velma Dinkley
J.Z. Bang
Director G (J.Z.'s uncle)
Professor Bits
Cadaver
Doctor Ooh
Assorted Monsters
The Shag (a.k.a. Astro Turf)

Villains

  • Assorted Monsters
  • The Shag (a.k.a. Astro Turf)

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Director G (J.Z.'s uncle) Knew his nephew was afraid of ghosts and ghouls, but he thought he was over it.
Cadaver Director G thought the ghosts and ghouls his nephew kept running into were all hired by him.
Professor Bits Angry at how the agent kept destroying his equipment.
Doctor Ooh Needed J.Z. Bang to retrieve the parts of his secret device, but he didn't say why.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Professor Bits as The Shag (a.k.a. Astro-Turf) Angry at how the agent kept destroying his equipment.

Locations

  • Arctic
    • Snowy mountain
  • Brittish Spy Service headquarters
  • Train
    • Dining car
    • Baggage car
  • Old Barn
  • Japan
  • Place where demon can-can dancers attacked
  • Bottom of the sea
  • Place where a rouge werewolf attacked
  • Old abandoned riverboat
    • Roy and Al's Casino

Notes/Trivia

  • J.Z. Bang is a clear reference to James Bond.
  • Professor Bits is like Q, his gadget-maker.
  • In the end, Bang's superior says that Bits will be sent to a village for a rest. This references the British TV show The Prisoner.

Coloring Mistakes

Inconsistencies/Continuity Errors and/or Oddities

Reception

I'm sure the score to Scooby-Doo will come as a shock to everybody familiar with my reviews. It well comes as a shock to me. Breaking formula can often lead to an effervescent surprise. The two Scooby-Doo movies broke with the formula of fake monsters. The threats Scoob and the Gang faced were very real and very supernatural. This issue of Scooby-Doo breaks formula and leaves behind a smelly mess.

The first story by the usually reliable Alex Simmons "Dead & Let Spy" almost seems like a back door pilot for James Bond Jr.--a real show, I kid you not, that was completely and utterly vile. The Gang's detective skills are unnecessary since already the agency knows that the spook in question is merely a charlatan interested in world domination. The resourceful spy in the story is just too good, and he steals the spotlight from Mystery Inc. At least Robert Pope throws in a gag about the Yeti that refers back to the original series Scooby-Doo Where Are You.[1]

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