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Fire Warriors are chasing people away from an ancient Central American temple.
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- Gordan P. Sanchez (final appearance)
- Fire Warriors (final appearance)(disguise)/
- Archaeologists (final appearance)
|Gordan P. Sanchez||To profit from the land the temple is on.|
|Archaeologists as the Fire Warriors||They found treasure in the temple and wanted to keep it for themselves.|
- Hot Time In The Old Temple Tonight is the original version of this same story with different art.
The first story by Frank Strom is pure Scooby-Doo. A mystery develops in an unusual location, this time an ancient temple astonishingly detailed by artists Barrios and Ottolini. The enigma is purportedly supernatural in nature. The Gang debunks the ghosts and solves the crime, which is designed as fairplay. Follow the clues and you can solve the puzzle before Mystery Inc.
What distinguishes this story is Strom's singular characterization of the detectives. He takes in account their experience and has one team -- Daphne and Fred -- home in on the natural suspect only to wind up with egg on their faces. It's Velma, Shaggy and Scooby who arrive at the correct conclusion.
Barrios and Ottolini put extra zing in their visual representation of the characters. The interaction between Fred and Daphne turn them into an engaging modernized Nick and Nora Charles. Fred's reaction to the solution of the case is perfect for his character. Free of pettiness, Freddie good-naturedly eats crow, and Scooby and Shaggy do not just generate the sight gags but also some daring do.