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The Grappling Guardian
The Grappling Guardian title card
Description
Part of Scooby-Doo! #70
# of pages 10
Writer John Rozum
Penciler John Delaney
Inker Mike DeCarlo
Colorer Paul Becton
Letterer Tom Orzechowski
Editor Joan Hilty
Chronology
Previous story

Petrified!

Next story

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

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Characters

Main characters:

Supporting characters:

Villains:

Other characters:

  • Mrs. Feigen (single appearance)
  • Museum visitors (single appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)
  • U.S. customs agents (single appearance)(no lines)

Locations

  • Museum
  • Museum of Nanjing (mentioned)
  • China (mentioned)
  • Hong Kong (mentioned)

Objects

  • TBA

Vehicles

Suspects

Suspect Reason
Leung Kar-Fai He was nervous and behaved oddly at the exhibit opening. Seemed obsessed with the statue.
Mr. Elliot He interrupted the gang before Mr. Leung could tell them something about the statue.

Culprits

Culprit Reason
Retired stuntman as the Guardian Spirit
Hung Kam-Bo and Lee Sau-Yin
To make sure that no one finds out that the statue was filled with smuggled goods.

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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