Thanks to Samuel Kirkwood for coming up with this poll idea!
The results from last week were super close, and we have a tie for the winner!
What is your favorite Scooby-Doo comic series?
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? (2010) - 13
Scooby Apocalypse - 13
Scooby-Doo (1997) - 12
Scooby-Doo! Team Up - 11
Scooby-Doo...Where Are You! (1970) - 5
Scooby-Doo Archie Comics - 3
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc - 3
Scooby-Doo! World of Mystery - 1
Scooby-Doo Marvel Comics - 1
Laff-a-Lympics - 0
Four brand new listings for Batman and Scooby-Doo Mysteries novels have popped up on Amazon with an August 1 release date. Michael Anthony Steele will be writing all the books, but comic artist Dario Brizuela is credited for two of the books. The titles are "The Crazy Convention Caper," "The Case of the Cursed Crop," "The Chilling Ice Rink Escapade" and "Escape from Mystery Island." Each book will cost $6.95 for the paperback version and $26.65 for the hardcover version. There's no images available, so I have no idea if these are connected to the comic series just announced in any way.
Thanks to Deandre aka Scoobyfan4ever for letting me know about these!
Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School always manages to bring back tons of good memories and nostalgia from childhood for me. The girl ghouls in the film have arguably acquired a decent-sized following in the fandom over the years, between fan art, fanfiction, and even a random appearance in the Halloween special of OK KO: Let's Be Heroes! in 2018. Since Ghoul School is my favorite Scooby movie to date, I've always wished the girl ghouls would have appeared in more than one Scooby production. While we sadly didn't get that, we did get a TV show that follows the premise of Ghoul School almost exactly. That series is Gravedale High, a TV show from 1990 (two years after Ghoul School) that ran for 13 episodes. In the show, Rick Moranis plays a human teacher named Max Schneider who is hired to work at a school full of ghouls. Sounds pretty familiar, right? Even more familiarly, the series was written by Glenn Leopold, who wrote Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School! In this article, I wanted to highlight and review Gravedale High as sort of a sequel in spirit (there's a bad ghoul pun in there somewhere haha) to Ghoul School.
While there is no danger of supernatural threat like Revolta, I still feel this series is very much like a Ghoul School spin-off show would have been. If you'll forgive the brief plug of my own work, I very much intended my own fanfic about the girl ghouls, titled Fangs for the Memories, to be a coming-of-age style show where the girls have to overcome problems of growing up. This is exactly what we get here: a slice-of-life show about the lives of several monster students. What I really like about this show is that the coming-of-age aspect of it isn't super in-your-face or like a bad after-school special. Most episodes center around a single monster student and the plot is about a problem they face as teenagers.
The characters are also super relatable, and the fact that they all (except one) get their own episode arc makes them quite easy to get to know. There are 9 students in all. The first of which is Frankentyke, who I'll get out of the way because he's the one character that annoys me. He's a very bratty Frankenstein monster, whose name similarly parodies Frankenstein in the same vein as Elsa Frankenteen. As the Wikipedia article about him says, he's the result of if you combined Frankenstein's Monster and Bart Simpson lol. Which is actually pretty accurate, as he says "man" after nearly every line he has. His brattiness and constant overuse of "man" personally annoys me, but it's not unwatchable. Unfortunately, Frankentyke does get three episodes dedicated to him: one in which he feels neglected by his big shot little brother, another where he's ashamed of his father so he creates his own dad, and lastly, one where he is hired as a jockey. The jockey episode is my least favorite of the entire series, simply because it's not very coming-of-age-ish and feels very much like filler. It's also an odd storyline, because Frankentyke is hired as a jockey after it is suddenly discovered he's good with horses, which seems implausible. To conclude my bio of Frankentyke, I'd also go so far as to say he's the most rebellious of the students. Frankentyke is voiced by Frank Welker.
Also voiced by Frank Welker is J.P. Ghastly III, a rich student that loves money and buying stocks. J.P. is kind of a goblinish student, but it's never really confirmed what type of monster he is. J.P. is the one student who does not get his own episode, oddly, so there's really little to say about him.
Sid is an invisible man voiced by Maurice LaMarche, who's perhaps most famous in the Scooby fandom for voicing Vincent Van Ghoul in SDMI and Curse of the 13th Ghost. Sid loves doing impersonations and very much embodies the class clown trope. Sid's episode arc involves him getting sick and going to the hospital, which causes the ghouls to have to venture out into the human world.
Let me start before introducing Cleo that her full name would have likely never been used in today's day and age, due to it potentially being somewhat offensive. Cleo's full name is Cleofatra, and she's a nerdy mummy. She loves soap operas, and in her episode, she becomes pen pals with the star of a monster soap opera, who falls in love with her. However, she has self-esteem issues, which prove problematic in this same episode because she sends a picture of her beautiful best friend, and it ends up being a lesson of sorts about pretending to be someone you're not (in this case, literally).
Gil Waterman is a California surfer dude sea monster (he even has a surfer accent). He and Frankentyke are best friends. He loves surfing, and in the episode that focuses the most on him, he is discovered by a surfer named Kahuna Bob and drops out of school. This causes Kahuna Bob to have to join the monster class, to convince Gil to come back...which kind of makes no sense as we never see Kahuna Bob in the class ever again.
Blanche is a zombie with a Southern Belle's voice, who likes to shop at the mall. I'm guessing what the writers were going for here was to riff on the phrase "mall zombie," which isn't really a saying anymore (which is basically like a material girl/shopaholic, if you haven't heard of the saying, I guess the closest thing to that now would be the phrase "basic bitch" lol?) Can't say I really loved her character either, but I didn't hate her like I do Frankentyke. She's just very whiney and comes off as completely helpless.
Reggie Moonshroud is a nerdy werewolf. He's shown to be really bad at practical skills in the series finale, which centers around Reggie's fear of learning to drive. While he eventually gets the hang of it, he causes a minor car accident, and the woman in the car he hit (literally the definition of a Karen, if that term would have existed in the 90s lol) pretends to be brutally injured and sues him.
At last, we get to my favorite character, Vinnie Stoker (his last name being borrowed from the author of Dracula, Bram Stoker). Vinnie is a Fonz-like vampire, who always acts very cool, and constantly begins each sentence with "Ay, yo!" You're probably wondering why I'm okay with this and not Frankentyke saying "man" at the end of every sentence...I'm not really sure myself haha. I guess I find Vinnie being a parody of the Fonz kind of endearing lol. He generally is the laziest of the students, and always shows up late to class. In his episode arc, he suddenly gains a fear of flying.
Duzer, short for Medusa, is the final student. She's very much a stuck-up Valley girl. Her catchphrase is "get a life!" and she has a crush on Vinnie. I really like Duzer as well, and I'd say she's my second favorite character after Vinnie. She gets two different episodes centered around her: the first being when she borrows money from the class to buy a dress but it gets destroyed, and she has to find a job to pay her friends back. The second episode is about Duzer taking over the school newspaper, and uses it to publish fake news.
Max Schenider is the teacher of the delinquent class of monsters, made up of the nine students above. He's very level-headed and down-to-Earth, and manages to earn the monsters' respect despite their reluctance to trust him at the beginning of the series. Even though we don't get to see Max's first day teaching the class, the students really do get a lot nicer as the series goes on, which is cool to see them all develop as characters. He's quite shocked and a bit afraid of the monsters' strange habits at first, similar to Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy in Ghoul School, but Max does eventually start warming up.
Besides our main characters, we get a few other students throughout: Suey, a pig, Rover, a dog who speaks like Scooby does, and a human fly named Busby. We also get Headmistress Crone, who's the very strict owner of Gravedale High. Coach Cadaver, a hotheaded sleazy coach, also shows up in several episodes of the series. I actually didn't know this until just now when I looked it up, but he's voiced by Jonathan Winters! Come to think of it, the coach sounds incredibly similar to when Jonathan Winters was pretending to be a general in the barn during "The Frickert Fracas." We also get a chef named Sal, a bad-breathed 5000 year old mummy named Mr. Tuttner (voiced by Tim Curry) and Boneyard, an undertaker-like character who is a driver. I guess there's also Clawford, the pet cat, and a mouse named Bella that he always chases, but any scene with Clawford and Bella just seems like filler to me.
Overall, I think this series is a great coming-of-age show that deals with issues of growing up such as being yourself, being responsible, letting fame go to your head, fear, jealousy, and much more. Listing out all those lessons probably makes it sound more boring than it is, but seriously, it's a great show that knows how to have fun and be witty/silly along the way.
I wish I could share a place to watch this, but there really isn't any. This show has been kind of forgotten about and has never gotten any releases on DVD and digital. I wanted to review it on here just because it's so much what I've always imagined Ghoul School would be like if it was a series. Hopefully you enjoyed this review and maybe it even provided a blast from the past if you've seen this series before. For those who haven't seen it and want to, I guess the best I can offer is that there are certainly less than legal ways to watch it online, which is all I'll say haha.
In possibly the oddest news of this year, Funko has announced it will be released a collectible Silas Long Soda, which is the name of the werewolf from "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf?" It's unclear though if it's just a collectible soda can, or if there's actually soda in it. The soda will be released in April, though the specific date was not announced. The limited edition item has already sold out somehow, but you can view more images of the product here.
Credit to ScoobyAddict for finding this info, which she put in a blogpost.
Published in 1942, The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton is about a group of four teenage mystery solvers and their dog Timmy. There were 24 books in the series, but due to the critical acclaim, there have been several other short stories and spin-offs published, including three TV series, an audio drama set on CD, two musicals, 14 choose-your-own adventure books, six video games, many comics, and several parody books and films. This series bears a striking resemblance to Scooby-Doo in genre, despite being released almost 30 years before it.
Thanks so much to Greybishop for sharing this fun fact idea!
Here are the results from last week's poll:
What is your favorite Scooby-Doo video game?
Night of 100 Frights - 29
First Frights - 12
Mystery Mayhem - 7
Unmasked - 5
Cyber Chase - 4
Who's Watching Who? - 3
Spooky Swamp - 2
Scooby-Doo Mystery - 2
Classic Creep Capers - 2
My Friend Scooby-Doo - 2
Mystery of the Fun Park Phantom - 1
Scooby-Doo (2002) - 1
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed - 1
Cartoon Universe - 1
Maze Chase - 0
Scooby-Doo (1986) - 0
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo - 0
Showdown in Ghost Town - 0
Phantom of the Knight - 0
Jinx at the Sphinx - 0
The Glowing Bug Man - 0
The Scary Stone Dragon - 0
Frights, Camera, Mystery! - 0
Mystery Cases - 0
Despite all movies beginning with Legend of the Vampire being animated in widescreen, none of them were released this way on DVD up until Camp Scare. To this day, only five of them have been released in widescreen on Blu-Ray.
Thanks to Colin for sharing this fun fact idea!
Thanks to a kind user on the ScoobyAddicts forum, CreepsAndCrawls, we now have an image of the UK back cover of Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob. Though the US back cover has not been released, it is safe to say that it will look nearly identical to this given past DTV releases.
Here are the results from last week:
Which episode has the creepiest clown villain?
Bedlam in the Big Top - 37
Night the Clown Cried (I & II) - 21
Into the Mouth of Madcap - 14
A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown - 11
Terror, Thy Name is Zombo - 3
The Ghouliest Show on Earth - 3
Quit Clowning! - 2
The Crazy Carnival Caper - 0
In a new interview with the writer of Daphne & Velma novels, Morgan Baden, it's been revealed that the Daphne & Velma series of young adult novels is a trilogy, which will end after the third novel set to be released in June. The interview also revealed that the third novel will be titled "Buried Secrets."
Though the first book was written by Josephine Ruby, a pseudonym, it's sort of hinted that this was Morgan Baden as well in the interview.
Morgan also shares the summary for book 3:
"In Buried Secrets, a television show based on the mysteries of Crystal Cove is being filmed in town, and of course Daphne and Velma are involved with it…and of course, some mysterious things happen. We really heightened the stakes in this book in significant ways, thanks to your suggestions, Beth! People get hurt…and someone even gets murdered. So Daphne and Velma, with help from Shaggy and Fred, have a really big case on their hands."
One thing worth noting from this interview is that it says the book will be released in July, despite that news just broke out yesterday that the release date will be June 1, 2021. I believe that the article saying it will be released in July is a typo, because even the hyperlink right before the mention of July links to sources that say June 1 is the release date.
Thanks so much to Gibby Norton to bringing this interview to my attention! You can check out the interview in its entirety here.
~ WildwindVampire ~