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Three Phantoms Too Many

Gang meet Technicolor Phantoms (MC)

Three Phantoms Too Many title card

Publisher Marvel Comics
Date published October 1977
Part of Scooby-Doo #1
# of pages 10
Writer Bill Zeigler
Penciler Dan Spiegle
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Three Phantoms Too Many is the first of two stories in Scooby-Doo #1, by Marvel Comics. It was followed by The Horrible Hound Sound.


The gang crash outside an ice cream van during a rainy night, and find it to be haunted by three colorful phantoms.


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Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Radio announcer (only time heard)
  • Police officer (single appearance)





Suspect Motive/reason
Mr. Grizzly He knew all about the phantoms, and was the only one not scared away.
Avery Queen He was wearing a suspicious fake cast.


Culprit Motive/reason
Mr. Grizzly and two unnamed accomplices as the phantoms They robbed an armored car and hid it in the factory's garage and painted it to look like the rest of the ice cream trucks. Then they dressed up as phantoms to scare everyone away.


  • This is an adaptation of the The Ghost of the Bad Humor Man episode,from The Scooby-Doo Show. The following changes have been made:
    • In the cartoon, the Mystery Machine slips over gobsickles, not ice cream bars.
    • In the cartoon, the Happy Humor Ice Cream Factory is called, the Happy Humor Ice Cream Co.
    • Mr. Grizzley is changed to "Mr. Grizzly," and it isn't revealed to be an alias of Sammy the Shrimp.
  • Scooby's use of thought bubbles to communicate for the reader, used by Western Publishing and Charlton Comics, have been dropped, in favour of his using his speech from the cartoon (although there's still one instance where he substitutes speaking for a thought bubble).



Shaggy: I don't know about you cats, but us chickens are departing these grounds!

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