|This needs a stretch.|
Dead & Let Spy is a story in Scooby-Doo! #106.
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.
- J.Z. Bang (single appearance)
- Director G (single appearance)
- Cadaver (single appearance)
- Doctor Ooh (single appearance)
- The Shag (a.k.a. Astro Turf) (single appearance)(disguise)/
- Professor Bits (single appearance)
- Assorted Monsters (single appearance)(disguise)
- Snowy mountain
- Brittish Spy Service headquarters
- Dining car
- Baggage car
- Old Barn
- 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
|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 J.Z. Bang kept destroying his equipment.|
|Doctor Ooh||Needed J.Z. Bang to retrieve the parts of his secret device, but he didn't say why.|
|Professor Bits as The Shag (a.k.a. Astro-Turf)||Angry at how the agent kept destroying his equipment.|
- 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.
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.