Mystery Macabre

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Mystery Macabre
Mystery Macabre
Publisher DC Comics
Release date June 2004
Part of Scooby-Doo! #83
Pages 10
Writer Frank Strom
Pencils Leo Batic
Inks Horacio Ottolini
Colors Heroic Age
Letters Nick J. Napolitano
Editing Joan Hilty
Previous You'll Never Lurk in This Town Again
Next Curse of the Irate Pirate

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.



Shaggy Rogers
Fred Jones
Daphne Blake
Velma Dinkley
Evil Ella
Cousin Tedd (Fred's cousin)
Boom operator
Mirror holder
Cue card holder
Maintenance man
Set designer


  • Pink-Veiled Corpse Creature
  • Green-skinned Fanged Creature
  • Horned Hairy-Torsoed Monster
  • Bug-Eyed Bat Beast
  • Man-Porcupine
  • Man-Rhino
  • Mummy
  • Werewolf
  • Flying Ant Monster
  • Opera Ghoul
  • Amphibious Menace
  • Light Blue-Gray-Haired Monster
  • Cowboy Ghost
  • Clay Monster
  • Robot Monster with A Human Brain
  • Other assorted monsters


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 entire 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 entire T.V. crew as the rest of the forementioned monsters Like everyone else, they wanted revenge on Evil Ella for making their lives miserable.


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



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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