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Ghoul Ascending a Staircase is the second story in Scooby-Doo #103, by DC Comics.

Premise

Over a few weeks a woman sees a painting in her building change, showing a ghoulish figure getting closer and closer to her apartment.

Synopsis

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Characters

Main characters:

Supporting characters:

Villains:

Other characters:

  • None

Locations

  • Apartment house

Objects

  • TBA

Vehicles

  • TBA

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Tenant of apartment 1A Said he saw the original painting and thought that the lady of apartment 3A was quite crazy.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Landlord as the Painting Ghoul He thought that if he could get the lady of apartment 3A to move out, he could raise the rent on her apartment, which he said was rent-stabilized.
Tenant of apartment 1A The landlord threatened him with eviction.

Notes/trivia

  • This is a rare occasion when Scooby-Doo and Shaggy are so desperate and cornered that they fight back, overwhelming the villain with physical force; Scooby actually bites the monster.

Cultural references

  • Something like this happened to Roddy McDowall's character in the Night Gallery episode The Cemetery.
  • The title plays off the name of a famous painting by Marcel Duchamp called Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2.

Coloring mistakes

  • None known.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • None known.

Reception

"Ghoul Ascending Staircase" is genius. I never read a story like this before, and I am an avid reader of comic books and prose. It's fairplay yet on the surface surreal, and the story's creativity and cunning just left me absolutely stunned. Staton's and Ottolini's singular supporting cast only added more to a sturdy framework.[1]

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