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Ghoul Ascending a Staircase

Shag and Scoob attacked by the Painting Ghoul

Ghoul Ascending a Staircase title card

Part of Scooby-Doo! #103
# of pages 6
Writer John Rozum
Penciler Joe Staton
Inker Horacio Ottolini
Colorer Heroic Age
Letterer Travis Lanham
Editor Michael Siglain
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Ghoul Ascending a Staircase is the second story in Scooby-Doo! #103 by DC Comics.


Over a few weeks a woman sees a painting in her building change, showing a ghoulish figure getting closer and closer to her apartment.


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Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • None


  • Apartment house


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Suspect Motive/reason
Tenant of apartment 1A Like all the rest of the tenants, he said he saw the original painting and thought that the lady of apartment 3A was quite crazy.


Culprit Motive/reason
Landlord as the Painting Ghoul He thought that if he could get the lady of apartment 3A to move out, he could raise the rent on her apartment, which he said was rent-stabilized.
Tenant of apartment 1A (an artist, who made a series of pictures and replaced them through a secret panel that opened into his apartment). The landlord threatened him with eviction.


  • Something like this happened to Roddy McDowall's character in the Night Gallery episode, The Cemetery.
  • The title plays off the name of a famous painting by Marcel Duchamp called Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2.
  • This is a rare occasion when Scooby-Doo and Shaggy Rogers are so desperate and cornered that they fight back, overwhelming the villain with physical force; Scooby actually bites the monster.

Coloring mistakes

  • None known.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • None known.


You may think I forgot the second story, but no. I'm just saving the best for last. "Ghoul Ascending Staircase" is genius. I never read a story like this before, and I am an avid reader of comic books and prose. It's fairplay yet on the surface surreal, and the story's creativity and cunning just left me absolutely stunned. Staton's and Ottolini's singular supporting cast only added more to a sturdy framework. [1]