Ruh-Roh! Don't look now, but I think I might have a NEW favorite comic book!
Back in THIS POST, I told of my purely accidental discovery of the new SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP title, by spying the issue below on a comic book retailer's racks.
I enjoyed all three of the Batman-related team-ups offered by this title, Batman and Robin, Ace the Bat-Hound, and Bat-Mite, and looked forward to more.
Recreating that wondrous Saturday afternoon chronicled in the linked post, I picked-up the current issues of BATMAN '66, ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE, and (of course) SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP, on Saturday, May 17.
Guess which one I read first?
Also, which two, of the three comics above, have a character in common on their respective covers?
My first impulse would be to say NONE... but, here is the beauty of the SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP title... at least over its first four wonderful issues.
When we last saw ROBIN in the pages of SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP, he looked like this...
Yet, in the new SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 4, he looks like this!
Yes, that's really Robin, folks!
But, if THAT'S Robin, who is THIS?
Well, just as SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 1 reconciled the respective "worlds" of THE NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES and BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD below...
...Let's let SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 4 handle THIS burning question, shall we? (Click to Enlarge comic panel images for greater clarity!)
DAMN! Isn't that magnificent?! Even a reference to Casey Kasem, who actually voiced Robin BEFORE he voiced Shaggy (in THIS SERIES), not to mention in the Batman team-ups of THE NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES!
I can't quite find the connection between someone voicing both Robin and Speedy -- but, given this title's brief but spectacular track record, I'm certain it's a great gag too!
|Let's run down the list of ALL our voice actors, from Filmation -- on, and see who we have in common!|
In fact, that's precisely what I (pardon the expression) "marvel" over from this new DC Comic... The fact that it ACTUALLY SAYS (out loud and for all to hear... er, READ) exactly what we are obsessively thinking, as fans!
Extreme kudos to the writer of this series, Sholly Fisch, for bringing some exceptionally clever bits to his stories!
After all, if SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP is going to have, as its playground, all of DC Comics, Warner Bros., and Hanna-Barbera to work with, character version conflicts are bound to come up...
...And I can't think of a better way to deal with them than what Sholly Fisch has done.
Can't wait for more... and still holding out hope for a team-up with Freakazoid!
|Scooby-Doo is my PAL, Cosgrove! He'll return my calls... eventually!|