Locked Room Misery

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Locked Room Misery

Ringmaster Rick scratches in bg

Locked Room Misery title card

Part of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #5
# of pages 10
Writer Scott Beatty
Penciler Scott Neely
Inker Scott Neely
Colorer David Rodriguez
Letterer Travis Lanham
Editor Chynna Clugston Flores
Scott Peterson
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The Aliens of Area 49

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Sunrise of the Living Dead

Locked Room Misery is the first of two stories in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? issue 5, by DC Comics. It was followed by the reprint, Sound Stage Spook.


The gang investigate money thefts at Uncle Ned's circus.


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Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Circus performers (single appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)
  • Police officers (single appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)




  • None


Suspect Motive/reason
Ringmaster Rick He was spying on the gang. His constant scratching also made the other acts keep away from him.


Culprit Motive/reason
Ringmaster Rick using trained fleas To steal the box office receipts.

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  • Ned is called "Uncle Ned" by everyone.


  • Scooby Snacks bribe: 0 (although Scooby & Shaggy are given incentive with boxes if they were to catch the crook while guarding the office).

Cultural references

  • The title puns off the phrase "locked room mystery," a kind of detective story in which a crime is committed in a locked room and there seems to be no way the criminal could have gotten in or out.

Coloring mistakes

  • None known.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • In the second panel of page 1, Fred asks, "Do you boys smell a mystery?", but Shaggy answers Velma.


Ringmaster Rick: And I would have gotten away with it if I had just taken a flea and tick dip.

Velma: ...I spy with my little eye some hard-bitten fleas on the way to the big house.

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