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The Scarab Lives!

Blue Scarab attacking Shaggy Rogers and Jerry Sloan

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Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (first series; 1979-1980)
Episode # 101
US Air date September 22, 1979
Written by Mark Evanier[1]
Directed by Ray Patterson
Carl Urbano
Oscar Dufau
George Gordon
Charles A. Nichols
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The Scarab Lives! is the first episode of the original half-hour, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo.


The title character of Shaggy and Scooby's favorites comic book, The Blue Scarab, comes to life, and haunts his creator, Jerry Sloan.


Jerry Sloan, a cartoonist, is being menaced by his own comic book creation, the Blue Scarab, a superhero, who is forcing Sloan to stop drawing comic books of the Scarab. The gang and their new friend, Scooby's nephew who wants to fight monsters and ghosts, Scrappy-Doo, hear about the menace in Jerry Sloan's studio and decide to help, since The Blue Scarab is Shaggy and Scooby's favorite comic book.

After they interview him, Scooby and Shaggy stay at the studio, while Daphne, Velma, and Fred talk to Jerry Sloan's publisher, Mr. Hardy. Mr. Hardy tells the gang if Sloan doesn't keep writing comics, he'll be fired! Meanwhile, at their studio, the Blue Scarab returns, threatening Sloan to stop making the comics and if he doesn't, he will turn to a life of crime, and then the Blue Scarab vanishes just as Fred and the girls arrive. Scrappy chases the Blue Scarab as he is leaving, and tries to catch him, but instead, accidentally catches Mr. Sloan's assistant, Howard Gruger, who quits because of the Scarab business.

Shaggy discovers that the Blue Scarab is doing the same thing that the character is doing in an unpublished comic book of Sloan's, turning to a life of crime, almost as if the real-life Scarab is acting out the unpublished comic. Sloan tells the gang the only person who has read the unpublished comic is Mr. Hardy.

The Blue Scarab begins a crime spree across town, robbing a jewelry store, then a bank and then the local museum. The gang chase the Scarab around the city, trying to foil his robberies, but they don't succeed. The gang then try to figure out where the Scarab could be heading next, after hearing that Sloan has quit until the Scarab is captured. Velma deduces that the Scarab should be at the newspaper printing factory, and they follow him there to capture him. They find him in the machinery room, and Shaggy, Scooby, and Scrappy accidentally wind up on a conveyor belt, heading towards a machine with a sharp blade coming at them. They manage to escape and in the process, capture the Blue Scarab by wrapping him up in unprinted paper.

Back at the studio, the gang explain the clues that helped them figure out what was going on. Because of the crimes, whoever was pretending to be the Scarab, had to have read the unpublished comic. Their second clue is that whoever it was might be a good artist. The Scarab was painted pretty well on the wall. It could have been Sloan's competitor, Floyd Hotchkiss, the best artist in town. But their last clue is the Blue Scarab's disappearance in the hallway. And the only person in the hall was Sloan's assistant, Howard Gruger; Sloan unmasks the Scarab as Gruger. He padded his suit, and loaded it with gadgets like Sloan created in his comic. Grueger was sick and tired of being Sloan's unknown assistant, and dressed up like the Blue Scarab to destroy the Scarab so he could create his own character.


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Suspect Motive/reason
Mr. Hardy Had a copy of the unpublished comic.
Floyd Hotchkiss Sloan's rival.
Howard Gruger Appeared in the hallway after the Scarab disappeared.


Culprit Motive/reason
Howard Gruger as the Blue Scarab To destroy the Scarab so he could create his own character.


Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Lennie Weinrib Scrappy-Doo
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Frank Welker Fred Jones
Heather North Kenney Daphne Blake
Patricia Stevens Velma Dinkley
Jack Angel Jerry Sloan
Pat Fraley Howard Gruger
Blue Scarab


  • The episode was adapted from Mark of the Scarab!, Mark Evanier's own comic story written for Gold Key Comics's Scooby Doo... Mystery Comics #24.[2]
  • Adding Scrappy was the result of trying to keep Scooby-Doo alive. If the "new element" of Scrappy hadn't impressed ABC, otherwise the series wouldn't have been greenlit/renewed,[1][3] and another show would take its place (also written by Evanier).[1] In some respect, it was a pilot, and not just another episode, so Evanier's agent had to negotiate a higher pay than usual with Business Affairs for Hanna-Barbera. This wasn't agreed on, and Evanier was fired until (eighteen minutes) later, when Joseph Barbera personally stepped in to sort things out.[1]
  • His "origin" was in fact in the opening, where Scooby had to collect Scrappy from a train station, where he'd been parceled away in a wooden crate, with eye holes (why or who put him in there is unknown). It then basically sets up the premise, by having the two of them meeting real monsters, that Scrappy wants to take on, where as Scooby tries to avoid them and keep Scrappy away from them, too. All the monsters end up being easy to defeat, from a mummy's bandages unwrapping until there's nothing there or a scarecrow losing its pumpkin head. Scooby eventually gets the both of them in the waiting area (where the rest of the gang have stayed the entire time), and collapses.
    • Scrappy was eventually given a true origin of sorts (aside of the fact it was his birth) in the Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo short, Scrappy's Birthday. On Scrappy-Doo's birthday, Scooby and Shaggy flashback to when Scrappy was born, and after getting them into grief with an angry orderly, declares to his mom that he wants to join them; implying that it's always just been Scooby and Shaggy (and from that point on Scrappy), and Mystery Inc. doesn't exist. The fact that Fred, Daphne, and Velma had been removed from the shorts probably made that easier (although they continued to live on, to an extent, as background silhouettes in some of the title cards).
  • The standard title card that had started to be used regularly about halfway through The Scooby-Doo Show, where Mystery Inc. run out of the Mystery Machine into a spooky mansion, had been modified to include Scrappy, trying to get Scooby and Shaggy into the same spooky mansion, and also to downplay Fred, Daphne, and Velma, by putting them in the background as (running) silhouettes, the same as mentioned above.
  • The animation of this episode, and the other episode Evanier wrote, have been noted as having better animation than the episodes that weren't written by him.[4]

Cultural references

  • When the stack of comics falls on Scooby, one of them has Yogi Bear on its front cover.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • None known.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • None known.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning Studio Notes
Greek Ο Σκαραβαίος Ζει! The Scarab Lives! Audio Visual Aired on Greek TV and featured in Complete Season 1 set.

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