By Philip Schweier
Mar 28, 2018 - 5:12
During the broadcast of the Louie Jervis charity telethon, the Scoobies are drawn to investigate reports of a monster backstage. But they’re not the only interested parties. They are soon joined by Angel & the Ape, a detective team comprised of a young blonde and a clothed simian who also happens to be a part-time cartoonist.
Joining them is the team known as the Inferior Five – five super-heroes who are everything the Justice League is not: clumsy, slow and cowardly. And coincidentally, Bunny of the Inferior Five is half-sister to Angel O’Day.
Both teams we featured in short-lived series during the late 1960s. The Inferior Five ran in 10 issues beginning in 1967, with Angel & the Ape debuting the following year, running for six issues. During this same time, Stanley & His Monster was a regular feature of Fox and the Crow, until taking over the title in 1969. But what does that have to with the Scoobie’s current mystery? Maybe you can guess.
What I enjoy most about Scooby-Doo Team-Up is that it seems to allow the creative team to draw from just about anywhere in the 80+ years of DC Comics history. For an old-time comic book reader like myself, it’s a joy to see these obscure characters be resurrected, if only for a single issue. But who knows? Maybe a writer or editor will manage to reinvigorate them for the current audience.