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Mystery Date is a story in Scooby-Doo #61, by DC Comics.

Premise

Charlene, a contestant on the reality show Perfect Link goes on a date with Fred Jones and has quite a bad experience when the usual monsters and mysteries show up.

Synopsis

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Characters

Main characters:

Supporting characters:

Villains:

  • Werewolf (single appearance)(no lines)(cook's disguise)
  • Burger Drome short order cook (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Mayan Mummy (single appearance)(no lines)(Evil brother-in-law's disguise)
  • Projectionist's evil brother-in-law (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Go-Go Ghouls (single appearance)(no lines)(janitor and robot's disguises)
  • GoGo-A-GoGo Dance Club janitor (single appearance)(no lines)

Other characters:

  • Burger Drone manager (only time mentioned)
  • Coolsville Cineplex projectionist (only time mentioned)
  • GoGo-A-GoGo Dance Club's twin cocktail waitresses (only time mentioned)

Locations

  • Coolsville
    • Perfect Link
    • Burger Drone
    • Coolsville Cineplex
    • GoGo-A-GoGo Dance Club

Objects

  • TBA

Vehicles

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Burger Drone manager Fred called her crooked.
Coolsville Cineplex projectionist Was cheated out of owning the Coolsville Cineplex by his evil brother-in-law.
GoGo-A-GoGo Dance Club's twin cocktail waitresses Twin ghosts could only mean they did this.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Burger Drome short order cook as the Werewolf Probably wanted to pay back the manager for treating him badly.
Projectionist's evil brother-in-law as the Mayan Mummy A gimmick to bring in customers.
GoGo-A-GoGo Dance Club janitor and a robot as the Go-Go Ghouls Was down on his luck.

Notes/trivia

  • The fact that Fred was familiar with the suspect possibilities at each location suggests there was no coincidence -- Fred selected the date locations because they were the sites of ongoing Mystery Inc. investigations.

Miscellaneous

Reprints

Coloring mistakes

  • None known.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or oddities

  • None known.

Reception

The first story offers the reader a pure tale of humor. Frank Strom puts Freddie Jones on a Blind Date type of show with a hilarious name. His date may be impressed by Fred's good looks and physique, but she is not impressed by his thirst to solve mysteries.

"Perfect Link" is another story that plays with the concept of Fred and the others being eternal teenagers. Immediately the victim of the night comments on Freddie's dated ascot and the Mystery Machine.

As the date progresses, Freddie keeps bumping into "nut jobs in masks" as well as other members of Mystery Inc. who correct his inaccurate deductions. Even Shaggy and Scooby manages to hoist Fred on his own petard. Clearly this is not his night, and the evening just gets steadily worse.

Vincent DePorter who penciled and inked some fine The Adventures of the DCU does stellar work here. Fred's always grinning. Velma's characteristic walk is dead-on, and Charlene's reactions to Fred's seeming mental instability gives her more character than her curves would normally suggest. Mr. DePorter also manages to include some grin-worthy slapstick as when Fred reacts as if Charlene were Daphne and knows exactly what he is planning.[1]

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