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Land-Grabbing Ghosts
Land Grabbing Ghosts
Information
Publisher DC Comics
Release date April 2003
Part of Scooby-Doo! #69
Pages 10
Writer Alex Simmons
Pencils Joe Staton
Inks Dave Hunt
Colors Paul Becton
Letters Tom Orzechowski
Editing Joan Hilty
Chronology
Previous The Creepy Cruise
Next Skeleton Skare

Land-Grabbing Ghosts is a story in Scooby-Doo! #69 by DC Comics.

Premise

Mystery Inc investigates a Seattle neighborhood that is being haunted. It seems that the neighborhood was destroyed by a flood in 1889 and built over. Now, the Mayor is planning to build new apartments on the site but the ghosts of the original owners have come back to claim the land. The gang traps the ghosts to find out it is the county clerk and a few phony descendants who are trying to get the land with fake documents so they can sell it back to the city for a profit.

Synopsis

Characters

Character
Scooby-Doo
Shaggy Rogers
Fred Jones
Daphne Blake
Velma Dinkley
Deputy Mayor Lenord
Mr. Frobish
Elisha Potts
Mrs. Potts
Other Townsfolk

Villains

  • Land-Grabbing Ghost Ringleader (in cowboy garb)
  • Fellow Land-Grabbing Ghost #1
  • Fellow Land-Grabbing Ghost #2 (a.k.a. Ghost of Elisha Potts)
  • Fellow Land-Grabbing Ghost #3
  • Fellow Land-Grabbing Ghost #4 (in pirate garb)

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Deputy Mayor Leonard He knew all about the land-grabbing ghosts and that they were putting the redevelopment of the old neighborhood in jeopardy.
Mr. Frobish He claimed to have found the actual documents proving the claim of the land-grabbing ghosts.
Mrs. Potts She was a decendant of Elisha Potts, so she benefitted from he and his fellow ghosts trying to stop the redevelopment of the old neighborhood.
Other Townsfolk As possible decendants of the rest of the ghosts claiming to be the original owners of the town, they also benefitted from those ghosts trying to stop the redevelopment of the old neighborhood.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Mr. Frobish and a few phony descendants as the Land-Grabbing Ghosts To get the land with fake documents so they can sell it back to the city for a profit.

Locations

  • New Seattle
    • Grocery Store
    • Alleyway
    • City Hall (flashback only)
    • Web (Internet) Cafe
    • Trolley
    • Norris Construction construction yard
  • Old Seattle
    • Matheson Street
      • Hat store
      • Irene's Notions and Curiosities
      • Trixie's
      • Sweet Shoppe
      • Old House (Probably belonging to Elisha Potts)

Notes/trivia

Reception

Two brilliant mysteries can be found in this issue of Scooby-Doo. In "Land-Grabbing Ghosts" the milieu of Kolchak: the Night Strangler becomes the underground center of exploration. However, the setting merely provides interesting window dressing and slug-trappings; the slimy creatures seem to be everywhere.

Alex Simmons more openly engages the gang in a real-estate swindle, but one must pay extremely close attention to the artwork and the dialogue in order to solve this puzzle. Whodunnit isn't as important as how the gang solves the crime. [1]

Quotes

References

  1. Ray Tate in Firing Line Reviews

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