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…