The Phantom Herd

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The Phantom Herd
Part of Scooby-Doo! #86
# of pages 8
Writer John Rozum
Penciler Leo Batic
Inker Horacio Ottolini
Colorer Heroic Age
Letterer Pat Brosseau
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The Phantom Herd is a story in Scooby-Doo! #86 by DC Comics.


The Scooby gang solves the mystery of the Phantom Cattle Herd.



Main characters:

Supporting characters:


  • Peter Crossbones's ghost (single appearance)(disguise)/
  • Ross Noyes (single appearance)
  • Phantom Herd of Cattle (single appearance)(no lines)(disguise)/
  • Cows (single appearance)(no lines)(redeemed)
  • Cattle rustlers (single appearance)

Other characters:


  • Texas
    • Texas / Mexico border
    • Desert
    • Area De Control (Senor Ramos's place)
    • The stream
    • Cattle rustlers' hideout


  • TBA


  • TBA


Suspect Motive/reason
David Runningwater He knew the legend of the Phantom Herd. He was one of the first two people to see the Phantom Herd and Peter Crossbones's ghost
Ross Noyes He insisted that Senor Ramos's stolen cows were the Phantom Herd. He was one of the first two people to see the Phantom Herd.
Senor Ramos He believed that the Phantom Herd was a whole bunch of nonsence.
Senor Ramos's associate Creepy appearance.


Culprit Motive/reason
Ross Noyes as Peter Crossbones's ghost Apparently, David Runningwater had discovered that he was the ringleader of those mean old cattle rustlers on the loose, because the cattle rustlers thought that the easiest way to fool any border guards who were on patrol with their scheme was just to buy the border guards's co-operation.
Cattle rustlers They were stealing the cattle from all across the southern border.
Stolen cattle as the Phantom Herd of Cattle The cattle rustlers were disguising their stolen cattle and the drivers as the ghost herd of Peter Crossbones's ghost, by using the legend of the ghost of Peter Crossbones to cover up their crime.



Rozum sobers up somewhat for "The Phantom Herd." His method for creating the illusion of spectral haunting is original and fits into a fairplay mystery. The characterization paints Shaggy and Scooby as less buffoonish. Scooby contributes an important debunking clue, and Shaggy isn't quite so scared of the ghost cow concept until he sees their eerie mosey well depicted by Leo Batic.

I can't help myself. I love Scooby-Doo. This issue of the comic book is as good as the best of the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? series. It's reassuring to know that somewhere out there a group of "meddling kids and their dumb dog" are foiling the schemes of crooks everywhere. [1]



  1. Ray Tate in Firing Line Reviews

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