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Psychic Fiend Network
Madame Louisa
Information
Publisher DC Comics
Release date July 2003
Part of Scooby-Doo! #72
Pages 12
Writer Robbie Busch
Pencils Scott Neely
Inks Scott Neely
Colors Paul Becton
Letters Tom Orzechowski
Editing Joan Hilty
Chronology
Previous The Spirits of Appledown County
Next The Case of the Cold Trail

Psychic Fiend Network is a story in Scooby-Doo! #72 by DC Comics.

Premise

The Mystery Inc. gang come to investigate a Psychic TV show host who is being haunted by a vengeful spirit. The gang search around only to find that the host is not possessed by any spirit other than her own ambition.

Synopsis

Characters

Character
Scooby-Doo
Shaggy Rogers
Fred Jones
Daphne Blake
Velma Dinkley
Harry Smead
Female director
Madame Louisa
B. L. Thompson (mentioned only)
Mary
Marty Gold
Crew members
Obsessive fan with glasses

Villains

  • Psychic Fiend Spirit

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Harry Smead A wedding picture on his desk in his office, revealed him to have once been Madame Louisa's own fromer husband.
Madame Louisa It was believed that a vengeful spirit was taking control of her own body.
Mary She just could not wait to pull out as the producer of Madame Louisa's show.
Marty Gold He was worried because his own client's contract with the studio was just about up.
Crew members They hated Madame Louisa for being so pushy and never saying "Thank You" to them.
Obsessive fan with glasses He was discovered on one of the camera shots of the audience to being taking out a camera, just before Madame Louisa went into her so-called trance.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Culprit Motive/reason

Locations

  • Coolsville
    • Coolsville T.V. Studio
      • "Psychic Phenomena" set
      • Director's room
      • Madame Louisa's dressing room
      • Backstage area
      • Outside area
      • Crew members's break room
      • Harry Smead's office
      • Seance

Notes/trivia

Reception

The gang speak like themselves and behave within character, but they drag this first mystery out far too long. Since magic has until the highly recommended Scooby-Doo movie never been accepted in Mystery Inc.'s adventures, the puzzle's solution seems obvious.

The motive of the first mystery doesn't really make too much sense. While I appreciate that money is the root cause, the event described rarely if ever happens in the land of television.

The artwork by Scott Neely offers a strikingly different look to that of Joe Staton's usual effortless depiction of Scoob and the Gang, and Neely gives the characters a lot of depth and distinction while keeping Mystery Inc. on model to make a valid interpretation. [1]

Quotes

References

  1. Ray Tate in Firing Line Reviews

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