Scooby-Doo’s Best Moment On Paradise Island

Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5 came out last week, and the Scooby gang traveled to Paradise Island to help Wonder Woman with a spooky mystery, on the recommendation of Batman no less! The book was fantastic; it was fun and amusing, with lots of great gags and cool references to Wonder Woman’s mythos. The setting seemed to be Wonder Woman ca. 1975 or so. Hippolyta was blonde, Nubia was a key character in the story, and Wonder Woman’s outfit and the appearance of the Amazons generally matched this era.

Daphne and Velma got to tour the island and train with the Amazons while Freddy and Shaggy had to wait in the invisible jet, because men aren’t allowed to set foot on Paradise Island (at least with the invisible jet, they got a decent view!). Luckily for Scooby-Doo, the rule doesn’t apply to dogs and he got to trot around and see what’s up. He sang the theme song from the Wonder Woman television show as he explored Paradise Island:


And then, in the best moment from the whole comic, Scooby exclaimed “Suffering Sappho!” in shock as a minotaur attacked the Amazons:


“Suffering Sappho!” is, of course, one of Wonder Woman’s trademark catchphrases, along with favourites like “Merciful Minerva!” and “Thunderbolts of Jove!” It’s also the only one of her catchphrases that references an ancient figure known primarily for lesbianism, a fact that has been used by some (including me!) to point out a lesbian subtext in Silver Age Wonder Woman comics. I love that writer Sholly Fisch worked it into Scooby-Doo Team-Up. It’s a great reference.

Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5 is an absolute blast, and one of my favourite comic books of the year thus far! You should definitely check it out if you haven’t yet. It’s available in comic shops everywhere, and the first half of the book is available for digital download online.

Published by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale.

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