Comic Book Caper originally aired on November 6, 1982, as part of the Scooby & Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour, and was later repackaged as season 3 of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo. As I enjoyed the The Scarab Lives so much I wanted to see what the Scooby could do with the comic book world once again.
This episode was written by Gordon Kent and Jack Enyart and features the Fearless Detective Agency guarding a valuable comic book called ‘Slime Boy’ at a Comic Book convention. Of course, it is stolen, and it’s up to the gang to get it back!
Comic Book Caper
In a blink-or you’ll miss it scene, we see some colourful cosplay outfits amongst the fans at the comic book convention. My favourite has to be the I Dream of Jeanie costume. Although I dig the fake Superman costume.
Shaggy is pleased that their Uncle Fearless has hired them for the wonderful job of guarding the Slimeboy display where issue one of The Adventures of Slimeboy is on display. The artists did an excellent job here. Slimeboy looks AMAZING.
Scooby, meanwhile, is enjoying his time at the Comic Convention reading ‘Rocky the Wonderhorse.’ Mr. Bigsby, the Adventures of Slimeboy comic book owner, and Mr. Morley (who seems like he’s dressed like Pee-Wee Herman), the convention manager, introduce themselves to Shaggy and the gang.
Mr. Morley advises the gang that the convention is open until midnight, and gosh darn it, that comic better not get stolen.
Out of the blue, Slimeboy himself appears and steals his own comic. Even worse, he traps the gang in the glass protective case that was housing the comic. This only momentarily stops Scrappy, who soon runs after Slimeboy.
Shaggy thinks he’s caught the costumed thief and rips a mask off of one of the cosplayers, who turns out to be an elderly lady dressed as Slimeboy.
There are dozens of Slimeboy cosplayers at the convention. What is the Fearless Detective Agency to do? Turns out that it’s not a huge deal as Slimeboy can be recognized as the bad guy holding the valuable comic book.
The gang manages to swipe the comic away from Slimeboy, and a chase ensues until Slimeboy steals it back. The gang are in luck, however, as Slimeboy has left some pretty slimy footprints for them to follow.
The footprints, fortunately, lead them to an abandoned Slimeboy suit. Fortunately Scooby finds a clue, a lost button. Disguised as Wonderhorse, Scooby and Shaggy scour the convention looking for someone missing a button.
Quickly, they discover it’s Mr. Morley, the convention manager.
Mr. Morely runs off, and the gang chase him. Still dressed as Wonderhorse, Scooby and Shaggy chase Mr. Morely all the way to the Police Station where he is arrested.
I give this episode a 6 out of 10. While it’s a fun episode, I have no desire to watch this one again. For 1982 they made good use out of the Comic Convention atmosphere, as Comics weren’t even all that popular back them (compared to now)
Slimeboy looked pretty cool, and at 8 minutes, this is a painless episode to watch. I also found it funny that Mr. Morley does sorta look like Pee-Wee Herman, and it’s quite possible as Pee-Wee Herman made his on-stage debut on February 7, 1981, which is a year and a bit before this episode.
If I didn’t love comic books, this would probably be a 4, as very little happens in this one, and it leans more towards comedy than spookiness.
Until next time, Stay Spooky!