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The real moment of laughter comes in the second story served up by Chuck Dixon. He entices the reader with some out of character behavior by habitual "chickens" Shaggy and Scooby. Now, as any real fan knows Scooby and Shaggy really are brave. They easily become frightened, and yet they still go along with Mystery Inc. to solve the crime. As the Scooby-Doo movies pointed out, they really provide an important service. Their finely tuned senses for when to run are unparalleled.
Dixon though finds a very logical means to make them brave and displays their detective work and team skills in a vignette where the odd couple waxes poetic over foods important to the main thrust of the story. Dixon furthermore subtly shows the camaraderie of the gang. Certainly, Velma, Fred and Daphne act understandably surprised at the end where the villains of the piece stand revealed, but they don't behave shocked. It's surprising, but it's not that surprising.
Joe Staton with his powerful on-model treatment of the cast and his expertise in visual understatement aid the characterization of stars. The Gang offers neither outrageous gestures nor melodramatic trappings. Scooby and Shaggy, cartooniest of Mystery Inc, gain from Staton's carefully considered expressions. He knows just how scared they should be and just how brave they should act.