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The Phantom Herd
Information
Publisher DC Comics
Release date September 2004
Part of Scooby-Doo! #86
Pages 8
Writer John Rozum
Pencils Leo Batic
Inks Horacio Ottolini
Colors Heroic Age
Letters Pat Brosseau
Chronology
Previous Daphne's Dilemma
Next The Monster Of Shoogy Cove

The Phantom Herd is a story in Scooby-Doo! #86 by DC Comics.

Premise

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

Synopsis

Characters

Character
Scooby-Doo
Shaggy Rogers
Fred Jones
Daphne Blake
Velma Dinkley
David Runningwater
Ross Noyes
Peter Crossbones
Peter Crossbones's Ghost
Senor Ramos
Senor Ramos's associate

Villains

  • Phantom Herd of Cattle
  • Peter Crossbones's Ghost

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
David Runningwater He was the first of the first two people to see the Phantom Herd and the Ghost of Peter Crossbones. He knew the legend of the Phantom Herd.
Ross Noyes He insisted that Senor Ramos's stolen cows were the Phantom Herd. He was the second 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.

Culprits

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.

Locations

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

Notes/trivia

Reception

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]

Quotes

References

  1. Ray Tate in Firing Line Reviews

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