This post came about due to a morning’s clear out of a storage box containing old comics and diaries. It felt rather strange looking over the past but they were good memories. Shall we shall these artifacts are my equivalent of Proust’s madeleines. There are regular repeats of children’s cartoons on television and I thought this one deserved to be given quality attention.
The Scooby gang first hit our screens in 1969 and as they say the rest is history. I’m sure all Scooby afficianados looked forward to Saturday mornings to see our heroes in action. Secretly we wanted to be like them, unmasking villians, straying into danger and just having a lot of fun. Who were these fearless teens? Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, Fred Jones and Norville “Shaggy” Rogers and Scooby. The Fabulous Five of course! Their powers of detection, courage and sheer athleticism (well Scooby and Shaggy anyway) always won out. The forces of good triumphed over evil every time. The number of villains and monsters were legion but there are a few that merit a special mention (that includes Scrappy Doo, annoying little varmint!). Please feel free to argue amongst yourselves about the list.
The Black Knight
This piece of villiany was a black suit of armour with red feathers on his helmet. It was used as a disguise by Mr Wickles, the County Museum curator. He was involved in art forgery and used the disguise to scare people away from the premises. The Black Knight haunted the Museum and came alive every Full Moon. It appeared in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! – What a Night for a Knight.
Hank used this as a disguise to scare off staff and guests at the Gold City Guest Ranch in order to buy the land cheaply due to the presence of an oil field beneath it. The Miner was quite tall and had a large grey beard and moustache, wore a brown cowboy hat, which obscured his eyes, brown trousers and a long sleeved top and waistcoat. He didn’t do say much except for a few moans and grunts. The Miner appeared in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! – Mine Your Own Business.
Mummy of Ankha
The Mummy was the disguise of Dr Najib who used it to scare people away from the musuem where a valuable coin was displayed. The coin was said to unlock a drawer which contained a diamond scarab. The mummy Anka was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who was said to have placed a curse on anyone removing him from his tomb, or so Dr Najib alledged. The mummy was rather mundanely covered in rolls of paper and had the power to turn anyone into stone. During the Gang’s investigations Dr Najib and Scooby were mysteriously turned into stone, which appeared not to be the case and chase was given to catch Ankha. The Mummy appeared in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!- Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too.
Spooky Space Kook
This extra-terrestrial was the discguise of Henry Bascombe who used it to scare people away from an old airfield; which was going to re-open and in the event some of his land would be lost. This monster had the appearance of a phantom space man, rather skeletal with huge eyes. It left glowing fingerprints and footprints in its wake and had a disconcerting laugh. The Space Man appeared in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! – Spooky Space Kook.
We now come to a monster that is the stuff of nightmares for both adults and children everywhere – a Clown! Never has such an entity, even in real life, sent such an icy shiver down our backs. Harry the Hypnotist was dismissed for stealing from his employer, Mr Barnstorm and the Ghost Clown was used as a disguise for purposes of revenge. Harry’s special skill was hypnotism (!), a power that the Ghost Clown put to good use against the Gang. The Clown looked as any clown would do but had quite an evil grin. Ye gads! Scooby and Shaggy eventually got the upper hand and the Clown ended up hypnotising himself. The Clown first appeared in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! –Bedlam in the Big Top.
This disguise was used by Dr B B Bell to steal jewellery. Daphne’s aunt Olive made an appearrance in this episode. Olive was given a necklace with the symbol of a cat on it. It had supernatural association, alledgeedly turning the owner into a cat. Or so Olive thinks. Dr Bell uses this knowledge to good advantage by framing Olive for theft of numerous pieces of jewellery. The Cat Creature looked like a large humanoid cat wearing of all things a cape and gloves and had superhman strength…The Gang get to work and eventually unmaske Olive’s doctor as the Cat Creature. The Cat Creature appeared in The Scooby-Doo Show – Make A Beeline Away From That Feline.
Jadal The Evil Djinn
This monster was rather a unique being, as it was real. Jadal was large and had an olive skin (well, green-brown), red eyes, a long goatee beard and sharp teeth. He wore gold earrings, a belt and bracelets. What your avant-gard djinn is wearing this season…He’s released from his bottle by Abdullah, who becomes his new master. Abdullah has nefarious plans to take over the throne and wants Jadal to help him. Being imprisoned for 10,000 years hasn’t improved the djinn’s temper and he’s out for revenge. Eventually he’s captured and imprisoned in a bottle again. There endeth that fantastic tale. Jadal appeared in The New Scooby-Doo Movies – Mystery in Persia.
The Creeper was the disguise of the local bank manager, Mr Carswell. The number of thefts at his bank alert the gang, who decide to investigate. It appears that this Creeper can walk through walls, hence being able to rob the bank. He has the appearnce of a zombie, with yellow eyes and green skin. It’s also apparent that the creature has a violent temper but very little intelligence. Mr Carswell’s greed is his undoing eventually. The Creeper appeared in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!-Jeepers, It’s the Creeper.
Gramps the Vamp
This monster was used as a disguise by Leon, who was the uncle of Lisa Vanoff. Leon used the disguise to scare people off from Great Skull Island as his niece was in line to inherit the hotel but her uncle had other ideas. Gramps the Vamp was used to trick Lisa into believing that it was her late grandfather, a vampire, who was taking possession of her to haunt the island. He is unmasked though and Lisa is returned to a life of normality. Gramps appears in The Scooby-Doo Show – Vampire Bats and Scaredy Cats.
This monster was used as a disguise by Mr Greenway, who was involved in smuggling and would go to any lengths to protect his operations. Even killing. The Snow Ghost did attempt to finish off Velma, Scooby and Shaggy in various ways. The monster was a large creature, exceptionally tall, with white fur, orange eyes and horns on his head. He was able to fly (due to wearing transparent skis), was quite powerful and reputed to transform people into ghosts (presumably by killing them!). There was a legend associated with the Ghost, which Mr Greenway took advantage of this legend to resuurect the Snow Ghost. The creature was thought to be a yeti from Tibet, who was killed and returned to avenge itself on the monk Fu Lan Chi.. He appeared in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! – That’s Snow Ghost.