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Mystery Date
Charlene
Information
Publisher DC Comics
Release date Aug. 2002
Part of Scooby-Doo! #61
Pages 10
Writer Frank Strom
Pencils Vincent Deporter
Inks Vincent Deporter
Colors Paul Becton
Letters Tom Orzechowski
Editing Joan Hilty
Chronology
Previous Scooby-Doo in The Dragon's Eye, Part 2, Russian Into Danger
Next Scooby-Doo in The Dragon's Eye, Part 3, Beat The Devil

Mystery Date is a story in Scooby-Doo! #61.

Premise

Charlene, a contestant on the reality show Perfect Link goes on a date with Fred Jones and has quite a bad experience when the usual monsters and mysteries show up.

Synopsis

Characters

Character
Scooby-Doo
Shaggy Rogers
Fred Jones
Daphne Blake
Velma Dinkley
Charlene
Smiley
Fast-Food Werewolf
"Burger Drone"  restaurant manager
"Burger Drome" short order cook
Aztec Mummy
Angry projectionist at the "Coolsville Cineplex"
Projectionist's evil brother-in-law
Go-Go Ghouls
"GoGo-A-GoGo" Dance Club's twin cocktail waitresses
Janitor at the "GoGo-A-GoGo" Dance Club

Villains

  • Fast-Food Werewolf
  • Aztec Mummy
  • Go-Go Ghouls

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
"Burger Drone"  restaurant manager "Crooked" as Fred called her.
Angry projectionist at the "Coolsville Cineplex" Was cheated out of owning the Coolsville Cineplex by his own evil brother-in-law.
"GoGo-A-GoGo" Dance Club's twin cocktail waitresses Twin ghosts such as the Go-Go Ghouls could only mean they did all this.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
"Burger Drome" short order cook as the Fast Food Werewolf Probably wanted to pay back the manager for treating him badly.
Projectionist's evil brother-in-law as the Aztec Mummy A gimmick to bring in customers.

Janitor at the "GoGo-A-GoGo" Dance Club and a robot as the Go-Go Ghouls

Was down on his luck as Daphne called him.

Locations

  • Coolsville
    • Perfect Link
    • Burger Drone
    • Coolsville Cineplex
    • GoGo-A-GoGo Dance Club

Notes/Trivia

  • The fact that Fred was familiar with the suspect possibilities at each location suggests there was no coincidence -- Fred selected the date locations because they were the sites of ongoing Mystery Inc. investigations.

Coloring Mistakes

Inconsistencies/Continuity Errors and/or Oddities

Reception

The first story offers the reader a pure tale of humor. Frank Strom puts Freddie Jones on a Blind Datetype of show with a hilarious name. His date may be impressed by Fred's good looks and physique, but she is not impressed by his thirst to solve mysteries.

"Perfect Link" is another story that plays with the concept of Fred and the others being eternal teenagers. The highly recommended Scooby-Doomovie does the same. Immediately the victim of the night comments on Freddie's dated ascot and the Mystery Machine.

As the date progresses, Freddie keeps bumping into "nut jobs in masks" as well as other members of Mystery Inc. who correct his inaccurate deductions. Even Shaggy and Scooby manages to hoist Fred on his own petard. Clearly this is not his night, and the evening just gets steadily worse.

Vincent DePorter who penciled and inked some fine The Adventures of the DCUdoes stellar work here. Fred's always grinning. Velma's characteristic walk is dead-on, and Charlene's reactions to Fred's seeming mental instability gives her more character than her curves would normally suggest. Mr. DePorter also manages to include some grin-worthy slapstick as when Fred reacts as if Charlene were Daphne and knows exactly what he is planning. [1]

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