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- David Runningwater (single appearance)
- Senor Ramos (single appearance)
- Senor Ramos's associate (single appearance)
- Ghost of Peter Crossbones (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)
- Peter Crossbones (only time mentioned)
- Texas / Mexico border
- Area De Control
- The stream
- Cattle rustlers' hideout
|David Runningwater||He knew the legend of the Phantom Herd. He was one of the first two people to see the Phantom Herd and the Ghost of Peter Crossbones.|
|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.|
|Ross Noyes as Ghost of Peter Crossbones||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.