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The Phantom Clown (Gold Key Comics story)

Phantom Clown

The Phantom Clown (GK) title card

Part of Scooby Doo... Where Are You! #9
# of pages 26
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The Phantom Clown is the single story of Scooby Doo... Where Are You! #9, by Gold Key Comics.


The circus is in town, but not for long, if the Phantom Clown scares away all the acts. When the gang try to help, they fall victim to his hypnotizing coin.


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Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Big Bertha (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Lion (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Elephant (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Police officer (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Circus attendees (single appearance)(no lines)





  • None


Culprit Motive/reason
Petros, the Palm-Reader as the Phantom Clown He made Big Bertha look like a jinx, so Mr. Barnstorm would sell his circus cheap.


  • This story is an adaptation of Bedlam in the Big Top, from the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! TV series. The following changes have been made:
    • The circus went unnamed in the cartoon.
    • The Ghost Clown is renamed the Phantom Clown, and in different colours.
    • Samson the Strongman is simply, Samson.
    • Mr. Barnstorm has gone from being a young man with black hair to a middle-aged man with balding, brown hair.
    • The culprit is called "Petros, the Palm-Reader" in this version, instead of Harry the Hypnotist. Also, was doing it for revenge for being fired after he had been caught stealing from the circus. Big Bertha isn't in the cartoon at all.
    • In the end, none of the acts return (including Samson), so Shaggy and the others volunteer to help out the ringmaster by being hypnotized to do dangerous circus stunts for him until he can get new performers.
  • Velma can count in German.




Shaggy: Y-You go up and get him! I'll put something soft underneath!
Velma: Like your backbone?

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