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The Grappling Guardian
Grappling Guardian
Information
Publisher DC Comics
Release date May 2003
Part of Scooby-Doo! #70
Pages 10
Writer John Rozum
Pencils John Delaney
Inks Mike DeCarlo
Colors Paul Becton
Letters Tom Orzechowski
Editing Joan Hilty
Chronology
Previous Petrified!
Next Doozy Ghoulespie

The Grappling Guardian is a story in Scooby-Doo! #70 by DC Comics.

Premise

The gang is called in to a museum to investigate a strange statue that has come to life and threatens the exhibit. The exhibit is from China and the guardian statues ghost is trying to keep everyone away. The Chinese Government sends agents to pack up the exhibit and send it back to China but Scooby and the gang start sleuthing and learn that the Chinese agents are really black-market smugglers who are smuggling items inside some of the exhibit pieces.

Synopsis

Characters

Character
Scooby-Doo
Shaggy Rogers
Fred Jones
Daphne Blake
Velma Dinkley
Cheung Man-Yuk

Villains

Suspects

Suspect Reason

Culprits

Culprit Reason

Locations

Notes/trivia

  • Chinese police agent Cheung Man-Yuk from the "Dragon's Eye" saga returns in this story.

Reception

In the second story, Scooby enjoys a standout scene that reveals a characterization hinted at in the Scooby-Doo movie. Scooby, unlike the miserable reprobate Scrappy, is actually a well-mannered and well-behaved doggie. Here we see him quickly and effeciently save the museum pieces from becoming shards of history on marble tile. A dog with taste. It's a shame DC never had rights to Scooby-Doo during the pre-Crisis. I would have loved to have seen a team-up between Krypto and Scoob.

While Joe Staton would have been ideal for detailing the second mystery, artist John Delaney and reliable inker Mike DeCarlo make able substitutes. They make the story visually funny. The standout scene is of course the aforementioned agile saves by Scoob. The first mystery rendered by Anthony Williams generates some interesting character design while promoting several sightless gags courtesy of Shaggy and Scooby.[1]

Quotes

References

  1. Ray Tate in Firing Line Reviews

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