Mystery Macabre

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Mystery Macabre
Mystery Macabre
Part of Scooby-Doo! #83
# of pages 10
Writer Frank Strom
Penciler Leo Batic
Inker Horacio Ottolini
Colorer Heroic Age
Letterer Nick J. Napolitano
Editor Joan Hilty
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Mystery Macabre is a story in Scooby-Doo! #83 by DC Comics.


Scooby and the gang are backstage for the filming of the Mystery Macabre TV show. The show is being haunted by a ghost that is sabotaging the star of the show, Evil Ella. The gang snoop around to learn that the entire stage crew was behind the haunting. They were unhappy with the way Ella changed their parking spots and cut their pay.



Main characters:

Supporting characters:


  • Amphibious Menace (single appearance)(disguise)/
  • Set designer (single appearance)(redeemed)
  • Bug-Eyed Bat Beast (single appearance)(disguise)/
  • Cameraman (single appearance)(redeemed)
  • Robot Monster with a Human Brain (single appearance)(disguise)/
  • Director (single appearance)(redeemed)
  • Pink-Veiled Corpse Creature (single appearance)(disguise)
  • Green-skinned Fanged Creature (single appearance)(disguise)
  • Horned Hairy-Torsoed Monster (single appearance)(disguise)
  • Man-Porcupine (single appearance)(disguise)
  • Man-Rhino (single appearance)(disguise)
  • Mummy (single appearance)(disguise)
  • Werewolf (single appearance)(disguise)
  • Flying Ant Monster (single appearance)(disguise)
  • Opera Ghoul (single appearance)(disguise)
  • Light Blue-Gray-Haired Monster (single appearance)(disguise)
  • Cowboy Ghost (single appearance)(disguise)
  • Clay Monster (single appearance)(disguise)
  • Rest of the T.V. crew (single appearance)(redeemed)
    • Boom operator (single appearance)(redeemed)
    • Mirror holder (single appearance)(redeemed)
    • Cue card holder (single appearance)(redeemed)
    • Maintenance man (single appearance)(redeemed)


  • Television studio
    • "Mystery Macabre" horror-show set
    • Backstage wings
    • Evil Ella's trailer
    • Cousin Tedd's office
    • "Mystery Macabre" car chase scene
    • Costume warehouse


  • TBA


  • TBA


Suspect Motive/reason
Maintenance man Strange manner.
Set designer The gang found out that he got a pay cut.
Cameraman The gang found out that he lost his health plan.
Director The gang found out that he was not assigned a parking space.
The rest of the T.V. crew The gang found out that they all hated Ella, too.


Culprit Motive/reason
Set designer as the Amphibious Menace Revenge on Evil Ella for giving him a pay cut.
Cameraman as the Bug-Eyed Bat Beast Revenge on Evil Ella formaking him lose his health plan.
Director as the Robot Monster with a Human Brain Revenge on Evil Ella for not assigning him a parking space.
The rest of the T.V. crew as the rest of the forementioned monsters Like everyone else, they wanted revenge on Evil Ella for making their lives miserable.


  • TBA


The second story also deals with Hollywood, but it lacks the insiders eye evinced by John Rozum. Still it's a pleasant tale featuring an Elvira-like horror hostess that bedazzles the usually unflappable Shaggy. This scene incidentally does not contradict the scene in Rozum's mystery where Shaggy and Scoob express their distaste for romance movies.

The artwork by Batic while slightly off model is often interesting in through a choice of unusual camera angles. Batic for instance in one panel takes a bird's eye/slanted view of the Gang's investigation. He also creates some pretty gruesome masks for our "ghosts" to wear.

Rozum's mystery while a little obvious is still a perfect Scooby-Doo caper with classic characterization and nuances of character growth. Frank Strom provides admirable backup that probably could have been just a little more fairplay. [1]



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