Cartoon of the Day: Go Away Ghost Ship

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Go Away Ghost Ship

Go Away Ghost Ship

From the ORIGINAL Scooby-Doo series, Go Away Ghost Ship first aired on this date in 1969 on CBS-TV. When Frank Sina­tra sang “Strangers in the Night,” did he know he would inspire the name for the longest-running car­toon on net­work TV? Prob­a­bly not. Nonethe­less, that Great Dane named Scooby-Doo (as in “dooby dooby doo”) has appeared on tele­vi­sion under no less than twelve titles.

When the 300-year-old ghost of Red­beard The Pirate and his pirate ghost ship come out of a spooky night’s fog and raid a chan­nel freighter, the reluc­tant Scooby-Doo and the teen sleuths find them­selves in another baf­fling mys­tery. Pur­su­ing the ghost ship, our kids’ boat is sliced in two, and Shag and Scooby are cap­tured by pirates and made to cook din­ner. The gang uncov­ers the Ghost Of Red­beard for what he really is: C.L. Mag­nus, the raided freighter’s owner who’d been raid­ing his own ships and sell­ing the goods for the insur­ance money, and using an ancient revenge to cover up his scheme.

This story was adapted in Issue #6 (10252–106, June 1971) of Gold Key Comics’ Hanna-Barbera Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (“The Ghost Of Redbeard”).

And I woulda got­ten away with it, too, if it wasn’t for those ras­cally kids…

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