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The Case of the Cinema Spirit

Cinema Spirit

The Case of the Cinema Spirit title card

Part of Scooby-Doo! #56
# of pages 12
Writer Chuck Dixon
Penciler Joe Staton
Inker Mike DeCarlo
Colorer Paul Becton
Letterer Sergio Garcia
Editor Joan Hilty
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The Case Of The Cinema Spirit is a story in Scooby-Doo! #56 by DC Comics.


The Scooby Gang discover the secret of a haunted make-up case once owned by one of the masters of the silent movie era.


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Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Auctioneer (only time heard)
  • Auction goers (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Maria Alvarez (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)
  • Movie goers (single appearance)(no lines)


  • Auction house
  • Public library
  • Harold Hassenfus' home
  • Movie theater


  • TBA



  • None


Culprit Motive/reason
Horatio Hassenfus To find the lost Hassenfus and Alvarez movies to be reunited with Maria.


  • TBA


Chuck Dixon strikes again. Granted, he keeps the gang in character which admittedly surprised me. The dialogue he writes for them fits the voices I grew up with while watching the show, and the central premise of the plot actually is inventive. However, the mystery is easy to solve and relies on not one but three clichés. Futhermore, it seems to break the tried and tested formula of there being no ghosts in the world of Scooby-Doo. Still, for Chuck Dixon this brief mystery is the equivalent of Shakespeare.

Joe Staton's artwork doesn't get the attention it deserves from Mike DeCarlo. Although, Daphne gets quite a bit of the spotlight as she bids on a famous actor's make-up kit. [1]



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