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Return of the King is the second of two stories in Scooby-Doo #34, by DC Comics. It was preceded by The Hound of the Basket Cases.


The gang goes to Las Vegas, hoping to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Alvin Parsley, the rock 'n roll "King." Among a host of impersonators, a man suddenly appears claiming to be the one true King. Is he?


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Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Alvin Parsley (single appearance)(photograph)
  • Casino guests (single appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)
  • Alvin Parsley impersonators (single appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)
  • Police officers (single appearance)(no lines)



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Suspect Motive/reason
Dario Badalamente Having the King appear at his hotel would be great publicity.
Prissy Parsley Disgusted how the hotel makes money off the memory of her uncle.
Jesse He was booed off stage.


Culprit Motive/reason
Prissy Parsley as the King To monopolize the rights to market her famous uncle's image.


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Cultural references

  • The title is almost a direct match with the famous Tolkien novel The Return of the King. It is also an allusion to the nickname of Elvis Presley, who is also parodied with Alvin Parsley.
  • Prissy Parsley also sounds like Priscilla Presley, Elvis's wife.


In his Line of Fire Review for Comics Bulletin, Ray Tate thought writer Joe Edkin "plugs in some imaginative lyrics to the Elvis tunes that accompany the exploration into the disappearance of Alvin Parsely", while believing the literal red-herring to be "ingenious". He also thought Chris Jordan's "ultra-hip artwork...brings the essence of the gang to Las Vegas."[1]



  1. Tate, Ray (March 12, 2000)."Scooby-Doo #34 Review". Comics Bulletin. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
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