The Mystery Inc. Gang take a trip to Brooklyn to attend the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, but run into trouble when a monster called the Coney Island Kelp threatens to ruin the parade and swipe the trophy for the best float in the parade. But how come?
The man in the mermaid costume in the first panel resembles the story's penciler, Joe Staton.
The prize-givers resemble King Triton and Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid.
Vito Delsante's "Seaside Frights" seems obvious, but Delsante treats his audience instead to a fairplay mystery in which the gang searches for and finds clues as well as a motive for the crime. Readers can play along or simply watch Delsante's on model characterization of Scooby-Doo and Mystery Inc.
Joe Staton, Horacio Ottolini and Heroic Age make this mystery easy on the eyes and a splendid animated romp. Delsante adds a genuinely fun twist that fits with the personality of cast, and Staton accomplishes the timing needed to make the joke work.