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Return of the King
Return of the King title card
Part of Scooby-Doo! #34
# of pages 10
Writer Joe Edkin
Penciler Chris Jordan
Inker Dan Davis
Colorer Paul Becton
Letterer John Costanza
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Return of the King is the second story in Scooby-Doo! #34 by DC Comics.


The gang goes to Las Vegas, hoping to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Alvin Parsley, the rock 'n roll "King." Among a host of impersonators, a man suddenly appears claiming to be the one true King. Is he?


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Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Alvin Parsley (single appearance)(photograph)
  • Casino guests (single appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)
  • Alvin Parsley impersonators (single appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)
  • Police officers (single appearance)(no lines)



  • TBA



Suspect Motive/reason
Dario Badalamente Having the King appear at his hotel would be great publicity.
Jesse Disappointed that he was booed off the stage.
Prissy Parsley The King said only she should have the right to market his image.


Culprit Motive/reason
Prissy Parsley as the King She wanted to monopolize the rights to market her famous uncle's image.


  • The title is almost a direct match with the famous Tolkien novel The Return of the King.


I don't think Chris Jordan is even trying to copy, in the second puzzler, that which flitted through the airwaves, but that's quite all right. His "ultra-hip" artwork--something you may find in the cartoons of non-gritty small press books--brings the essence of the gang to Las Vegas.

Writer Joe Edkin plugs in some imaginative lyrics to the Elvis tunes that accompany the exploration into the disappearance of Alvin Parsely--ouch, but perhaps most ingenious is how he fools you with a literal red-herring. I don't know I might have been sleepy : ). He may not trick you, but you'll still enjoy the ride. [1]



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