The Spirits of Appledown County

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The Spirits of Appledown County
The Spirits of Appledown County title card
Part of Scooby-Doo! #71
# of pages 10
Writer Rurik Tyler
Penciler Karen Matchette
Inker Scott McRae
Colorer Paul Becton
Letterer Tom Orzechowski
Editor Joan Hilty
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The Spirits of Appledown County is a story in Scooby-Doo! #71 by DC Comics.


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Strange things are happening all over the town of Appledown as ghosts, werewolves and other scary creatures are running amuck in the town. The Sheriff is being made to look incompetent by a rival who is running for the job as sheriff as the sightings become more frequent. Scooby and the gang start their investigation as they run into all of the ghosts. They narrow down the list of suspects when the sheriff's adversary faints at the sight of the ghosts. The gang catches a break when they see a vehicle speeding off after a ghost sighting as they and the sheriff track down the culprits. Two old braggarts who have to "one up" each other with tall tales have been the source of the ghosts as they only wanted to make things interesting in the town.


Main characters:

Supporting characters:


  • Headless Horseman (single appearance)(no lines)(projection)
  • Bone-eating Ogre (single appearance)(no lines)(puppet)
  • Witch Doctor (single appearance)(no lines)(puppet)
  • Werewolf Lady (single appearance)(no lines)(puppet)
  • Mr. Scane (single appearance)(redeemed)
  • Mr. Platt (single appearance)(redeemed)

Other characters:

  • Other Appledown County citizens (single appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)
  • Bubba Sinclair's secretary (single appearance)



  • TBA



Suspect Motive/reason
Mr. Scane & Mr. Platt Always told story's about the monsters they saw in the town.
Bubba Sinclair To make Sheriff Halls look bad so he wins the election.
Reporter For a news story.


Culprit Motive/reason
Mr. Scane & Mr. Platt To make things interesting in the town.


  • TBA


Karen Matchette's style varies widely from Joe Staton's work, but it's unfair to compare any artist with another. Ms. Matchette's style is still valid for rendering our favorite "meddling kids." Unfortunately she's stuck with a very crowded story. She must have been sent out to buy the Cheet-o's when the powers that be had the meeting about who was going to draw the story with the most characters. Simply increasing the page count of the short could have alleviated the crowded feel of the story. This would have given the story not only more panels but also better pacing.[1]



  1. Ray Tate in [ Firing Line Reviews]

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