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Bats What I'm Afraid Of is the first of two stories in Scooby-Doo #47, by DC Comics. It was followed by Tune Goon.


The Mystery Inc. gang goes batty investigating vampire bat trouble at a creepy coal mine.


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Main characters:

Supporting characters:


  • F.D.M. Mining Co. head owners (single appearance)
  • Silver miner (single appearance)(spy's disguise)
  • Spy (single appearance)
  • Vampire bats (fruit bats) (single appearance)(no lines)(redeemed)

Other characters:

  • Waitress (single appearance)
  • Silver miners (single appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)


  • Hilltopper
    • Diner
    • Old abandoned silver mine
    • Sheriff's office
    • Storage Shed
    • Hills
    • F.M.D. Mining Company


  • TBA



Suspect Motive/reason
F.M.D. Mining Co. head owners They had offered to buy out the shares of their own silver miners and give them work elsewhere.
Norma Mae She was furious that all the town's silver miners were thinking of leaving the town. She was very rude to the gang.
Silver miner Daphne noticed that he had clean work boots, apart from all the other miners' dirty work boots.


Culprit Motive/reason
F.M.D. Mining Co. head owners To save millions and keep the silver to themselves.
Unnamed spy as the silver miner Hired by five shadowy people in the storage room.
Fruit bats from Africa as the vampire bats They were being controlled by a signal beacon into thinking that everyone was big fruits.


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Coloring mistakes=

  • None known.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • None known.


While Brett Lewis uses the village under siege plot to good effect and comes up with an inventive motive, the story fails in its use of fruit bats as a disguise for the vampire species. There's no excuse nowadays for poor research when volumes of free information is but a click away. Fruit bats or Flying Foxes do not use echolocation. They prey on fruit. Fruit, brace yourself, does not move. Fruit bats, like humans, possess excellent stereoscopic vision. Were this mistake a mere aside instead of a plot point, I would mention it only in passing.

Joe Staton also must take a few lumps for poor research. His bats with their pushed up noses and big ears look like vampire bats, but fruit bats have doggy faces, snouts and smaller ears: remember, they don't hunt via echolocation. Am I to think that the miscreants behind the scheme attached to each bat a tiny mask?

Both creators do redeem themselves. Daphne is a scream. She spots a clue on page two, throughout the mystery looks delectable and actually seems to be in serious danger when the bats attack. Naturally, Daph stoutly surpasses her fear to be her usual valuable, competent self.[1]



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