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Wail of a Tale
Wail of a Tale title card
Part of Scooby-Doo! #76
# of pages 12
Writer Frank Strom
Penciler Anthony Williams
Inker Dan Davis
Colorer Paul Becton
Letterer Tom Orzechowski
Editor Joan Hilty
Previous story

Lean, Mean Mystery Machine

Next story

Fashion Emergency

Wail of a Tale is the first of two stories in Scooby-Doo! #76 by DC Comics.


Scooby and the gang have to catch a hypnotic Siren who is trying to ruin a beauty contest.


Insert details here.


Main characters:

Supporting characters:


  • Siren (single appearance)(no lines)(Marty's disguise)
  • Marty (single appearance)

Other characters:

  • Beauty contestants (single appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)
    • Natalie (single appearance)
  • Natalie's father (single appearance)
  • Barge captain (single appearance)
  • Announcer (single appearance)



  • TBA


  • Barge


Suspect Motive/reason
Theo Skulkmeter He didn't believe in the Siren and he was trying to make sure that the "Miss Tri-State Beauty Pageant" went down without a hitch. Otherwise, he would sell the theater where it was held for a tidy profit.
Gloria Glamour She was determined to win the "Miss Tri-State Beauty Pageant" no matter what it took.
Marty He was obviously wanting to do anything to make his client, Gloria Glamour, win the "Miss Tri-State Beauty Pageant".


Culprit Motive/reason
Marty as the Siren He was the agent of Gloria Glamour and wanted to drive off other contestants so she would win.


  • TBA


I was getting a little worried about the quality of storytelling in Scooby-Doo. This issue sends a wave of relief by giving fans two delicious Scooby Snacks by Frank Strom and Anthony Williams.

Both stories thread the same needle. The keyword is beauty, kiddies. In the first story, a very shockingly drawn and fascinating faux monster stalks a pageant for motives all its own.

The method of the "monster's" attack acknowledges myth and inventively proves to be a soggy impediment for Mystery Inc. who look quite fit under the pencils, inks and colors of Williams, Davis and Becton. The consequences of the attacks allow for the subversion of Scooby-Doo formula without uncharacteristic action, and I can easily see the ending actually happening.[1]



  1. Ray Tate in Firing Line Reviews

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