|The Curse of the Jungle Tomb|
|Release date||September 2000|
|Part of||Scooby-Doo! #38|
|Next||Techno? Heck, No!|
A Mayan Temple is seemingly haunted by a Jaguar spirit.
- Jaguar Spirit
|Maria||She had warned Professor Quatermass about the curse of the jungle tomb.|
- Mayan Temple
John Rozum once again treats readers to a fairplay mystery where everything has a logical explanation. It's funny how in that respect Scooby-Doo is more realistic than any other book on the rack. Every ghost Mystery Incorporated has investigated turns out to be a human in a mask. It's not a formula. It's taking the detective genre into the cartoon realm without losing the very essence that distinguishes the field from its cousins, horror fiction and science fiction. In a way, Scooby-Doo, when compared to Batman, shares more in common with Sherlock Holmes.
Mr. Rozum fortifies his tale with some interesting facts known about Mayan temples. His transposition of a well known monkey habitat to that of the jaguar further strengthens the foundation of his story, and the interesting motive shows just how easily a smart writer can find flexibility in the old "I would have gotten away with it if not for you meddling kids." Finding Professor Quatermass in an unusual habitat is incidentally is a very nice touch and a novel way to pay tribute to the classic character.
The artwork by Joe Staton is simply awesome. He draws jaguars and architecture with equal aplomb. He evokes a mood with curling shadows and contrasts it with an opening sight gag involving hot peppers and Scooby's astounding appetite. What's more, and this is by no means a minor point, Daphne wears a bikini. Please note however that Daphne's beauty is in her proportion and grace not solely in the amount of comic book flesh exposed.