Sunday, October 18, 2020

#IReadsYou Review: SCOOBY-DOO, Where Are You? #105


STORY: Sholly Fisch; Barney Topper
PENCILS: Walter Carzon; Dan DeCarlo
INKS: Horacio Ottolini; Dan Davis
COLORS: Silvana Brys; Paul Becton
LETTERS: Saida Temofonte; Jenna Garcia
EDITORS: Courtney Jordan; Joan Hilty (reprint)
COVER: Walter Carzon and Horacio Ottolini with Silvana Brys
32pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (October 2020)

Ages 8+

“Clearing the Troll Posts”

Welcome, dear readers, to my continuing journey through the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? comic book series, which began publication in 2010.  I renewed my subscription (for a second time), and this is the seventh issue of my third subscription run that I have received.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #105 opens with “Clearing the Troll Posts,” which is written by Sholly Fisch and drawn by Walter Carzon and Horacio OttoliniMystery Inc.Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma discover that Daphne's favorite “vlogger” (video blogger), “Screengirl,” is in trouble.  It seems that she is being trolled by the monstrous “Internet Troll” who is trashing Screengirl's tech.  Can Mystery Inc. unravel the mystery of the Internet Troll, or is there more to this i-haunting than some trolling?

The second story, “Scare Wear,” is, as usual, a reprint and is written by Barney Topper and drawn by Dan DeCarlo and Dan Davis.  [This story was originally published in Scooby-Doo #51 (cover date: October 2001).]  Mystery Inc. is excited about seeing pop star, Ashley Stunn, who is also a fashion icon.  Ashley's outfits, designed by Tim Goodfiger, are a sensation... but those outfits are also haunted!  And the spooks are threatening Ashley's well-being.  Can Mystery Inc. unravel the threads of this designer mystery?

“Clearing the Troll Posts,” the new story in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #105, does not amount to much, and it is hardly worth talking about.  However, the reprint story, “Scare Wear,” is of interest because its pencil art was produced by the late Dan DeCarlo (1919-2001), the great Archie Comics artist who developed Archie Comics' house style, the visual and graphic style that would shape the art of Archie Comics for over 40 years.

DeCarlo and is one of the creators of such popular Archie Comics' franchises as Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats, and Cheryl Blossom.  It was because of his lawsuit against Archie Comics over the rights to Josie and the Pussycats that got DeCarlo banished from the publisher.  Before he died, DeCarlo drew comics for other publishers, including two Scooby-Doo comics stories, one of which is “Scare Wear.”

I recommend Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #105 to fans of Scooby-Doo comic books, and, this time, especially to fans of the late, great Dan DeCarlo.  So, until next time, Scooby-Dooby-Doo!

6 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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