Saturday, December 4, 2010

Those Meddling Kids!

We usually don't post about stuff like this, but the other day our son told us that he saw Two-Gun Bob turn up in an episode of Scooby-Doo — well, it wasn't Two-Gun Bob exactly, but...

The episode, "The Shrieking Terror," is part of a new cartoon series titled Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. The Scooby-Doo gang goes off to college where they meet Harlan Ellison (who actually provides his own voice for the show).

 In the show, Harlan is confronted at a lecture by a Robert E. Howard stand-in named "Howard E. Robertson" (there's also a writer named H. P. Hatecraft in the show — do you detect a theme?).

 Before long a Lovecraftian beastie starts to terrorize Ellison and the campus.

Once foiled and unmasked, the monster turns out to be none other than "Howard E. Robertson".

...and he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those meddling kids!

UPDATE: In our comments section, Rick Tucker is absolutely right. Don't watch this cartoon thinking that these characters actually portray REH or HPL. Despite looking a bit like REH (Hatecraft doesn't really look much like HPL), the Howard E. Robertson character is shown as a fannish dolt out to get revenge on anyone who doesn't share his devotion to Hatecraft. And yeah, It's irritating to see the Howard stand-in portrayed this way. Hopefully Scooby-Doo cartoons aren't most people's source of biographical information — but you know they probably are.


  1. Bwahahaha, oh how on earth did I miss this?

    *scours Youtube for "The Shrieking Terror"*

  2. I like the cartoon but I was a little put off by the short sheeting Howard and Lovecraft received. I'm all for good camp but Harlan is also perceived in real life as a crank of sorts. He's a nice and remarkably talented guy with a quick and often biting wit. That's somewhat played up in the toon but Howard's portrayed as a bit of a lout and zealously devoted to Hate(Love)craft's legacy, to the point of potentially injuring people.
    Otherwise it's a pretty spankin' episode and, in my opinion, the series is potentially the best in the franchise over the last 40 years of mostly boring, ludicrous and even asinine incarnations.

  3. Your son is too old to be watching Scooby Doo!

  4. You're NEVER too old for Scooby.

    (still lusting after Velma)

  5. I have to wonder how Ellison would react if he were portrayed (say as "Ellie Harlanson") as a lout insanely devoted to the legacy of a dead author. Given how paranoid he is about the use of his works/name/likeness, I doubt he'd be a happy camper.