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Shaggy's uncle Zooty has his journal of poems stolen by his dead friend's ghost. The team tracks the clues and suspects but nothing adds up so they set a trap and lure out the ghost and discover it is the waitress who is tired of all the bad poetry.
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- Zooty Rogers (single appearance)
Now this is more like it. After DC introduced Johnny DC, I was beginning to have doubts about the intelligence associated with my favorite books. All Ages does not translate to stupid, and this issue of Scooby-Doo is far more intellectual than the previous issue. Robbie Busch snaps up a superb mystery that's possible to solve. The mystery defies the Scooby-Doo formula: man dresses as spook for the purpose of a real estate swindle. Suspects are given. The detective work is solid, and the solution satisfies. While Busch's story marches to the beat of a different drummer, he captures perfectly the flavor of a Scooby-Doo mystery. For instance, Scooby locates a clue, and Velma points out what that clue is. Mystery Inc. follows up on the clue, and a chase ensues. The setting provides a fresh venue for the Gang to ply their sleuthing, and it also offers Joe Staton a chance for more animated flourishes. Joe Staton really does not get enough credit as an artist. Before working on Scooby-Doo he was a frequent visitor to the DC multiverse and co-created the Huntress. Here, he shows that none of that talent has eroded. There's a moment for instance when he explodes the vision of Shaggy's head as the hipster ducks behind a fish-tank. Everybody looks cartoon perfect, and in the second tale, Staton plays with the panels to invigorate what could have been a dry lesson.