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Napoleon Lives!

Ghost of Napoleon attacks car

Napoleon Lives! title card

Publisher Gold Key Comics
Date published February 1974
Part of Scooby Doo... Mystery Comics #23
# of pages 13
Writer Mark Evanier
Penciler Dan Spiegle
Inker Dan Spiegle
Editor Chase Craig
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Napoleon Lives! is the first of two stories in Scooby-Doo... Mystery Comics #23, by Gold Key Comics. It was followed by The Phantom Funnyman.


Professor Pound claims to have a device to bring back the ghost of Napoleon, but the experiment goes wrong and Napoleon goes on a rampage.


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Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Napoleon Bonaparte (only time mentioned)(deceased)
  • Driver (single appearance)
  • Miscellaneous pedestrians (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Alexander 1 (only time mentioned)
  • Radio announcer (only time heard)
  • Horse (single appearance)(no lines)





Suspect Motive/reason
Professor Pound To make it look like his machine really brought back Napoleon.
Mr. Freedman For a news story.
Hamilton Warner He's an expert on Napoleon.


Culprit Motive/reason
Unnamed actor as the Ghost of Napoleon Bonaparte
Prof. J. Milton Pound
Prof. Pound wanted revenge on Hamilton Warner for exposing his last hoax.


  • This story is a tad sexist. The first time was when Shaggy thought he was holding Daphne's hand (really Scooby's), and told her to stop washing dishes as it was rough; and the second time was having Daphne cook for the entire gang and Napoleon (although the latter does describe as being a masterful one).


  • Disguise: None.
  • Scooby Snacks bribe: 0.
  • "Zoinks" count: 0.
  • "Jeepers" count: 0.
  • "Jinkies" count: 0.


Coloring mistakes

  • None known.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • On page 3, panel 3, Bonaparte is spelt, "Bonapart."
  • Daphne can speak French, although that doesn't help later on in the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode, Big Scare in the Big Easy, when she wonders what "meddling kids" means in French.
  • On page 8, panel 1, the newspaper spells Napoleon as "Nepoleon."
  • Either Fred and Shaggy live together or one of them was sleeping over at the other one's house.
  • The reasoning behind the autograph of Napoleon being worthless, which is the first part of why Professor Pound hired the actor to play the fake Napoleon, would've suited Mr. Warner better, because he's the one who owned it, not Professor Pound.


Prof. Pound: I assure you all—this is a genuine breakthrough! You must all concentrate...and believe!
Shaggy: I believe that Daphne's hand is pretty rough! You'd better stop washing dishes!

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