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The Chocolatier Chortled!
Information
Publisher DC Comics
Release date October 2000
Part of Scooby-Doo! #39
Pages 10
Writer Bob Fingerman
Pencils Eric Doescher
Inks Mike DeCarlo
Colors Paul Becton
Letters Ryan Cline
Chronology
Previous Two Heads Are Better Than None
Next Roc Around The Clock

The Chocolatier Chortled! is a story in Scooby-Doo! #39 by DC Comics.

Premise

The gang faces a ghost who allegedly drowned in a chocolate vat.

Synopsis

Characters

Character
Scooby-Doo
Shaggy Rogers
Fred Jones
Daphne Blake
Velma Dinkley
Horse and Cart Driver
President of Conglomco Confectionery
Jebediah Johannsen
Ezekiel
Chocolatier (Ezekiel's Ghost)

Villains

  • Chocolatier (Ezekiel's Ghost)

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
President of "Conglomco Candy" His candy always tasted so foul, whereas Jebediah Johannsen made the most-scrumptious candy treats.
Ezekiel It was believed his ghost had come back from the dead to haunt his old partner's farm and ruin his buisness, because Jebediah Johannsen said his soul was restless (his partner's, not his own).


Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
President of "Conglomco Candy" as the Chocolatier (Ezekiel's Ghost) He wanted to scare Jebediah Johannsen and his family away, so that he could steal the secret recipe for the very delicious chocolate made by Jebediah Johannsen.

Locations

  • Amish Country
    • "Conglomco Candy" candy factory
    • Jebediah Johannsen's place
      • Chocolate-making barn

Notes/trivia

Reception

Bob Fingerman must have seen seen Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. He must know what horror from a children's tale can achieve. Gene Wilder portrayed one of the most sinister figures in children's literature. Although a musical, the movie lost none of its threat. Think The Phantom of the Opera was the first to mix terror and music? Think again. So what do we Scooby fans get? A demonic, purple clad candyman? A scar-faced Erik? No! We are given a saccharine "faux" ghost who allegedly drowned in a chocolate vat! This is beyond weak, and quite frankly you would think portable stomachs like Shaggy and Scoob would overmatch this particular "spook," but for some reason the dynamic digestive tracts are afraid of a guy covered in chocolate.

The tantalizing odor of the sweet drawing Daphne and Velma toward the barrels of glop suggest they like the euphoric feelings induced by endorphins just like any other normal gal, but this subtext and the damn cute depiction of Daphne in the finale cannot save a very stupid story. Just out of curiosity is there any reason why the Amish needed to be here? Apart from providing the ridiculous clue, I think not! [1]

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