I know I wrote an outline for this next story some time back, but I thought it was time to revisit the concept, in the wake of the mini-crossover in Scooby-Doo Team-Up 6. That issue was a bit of a cheat (if you read it, you know what I mean) due to writer Sholly Fisch not doing his homework. However, I'm going to put that outline aside and do a different story idea. All characters, other than incidentals created for this story, are copyright DC Comics/Hanna-Barbera/Warner Bros.. Setting: November 1979 =============================================== Chapter 1: It began rather innocently when Fred Jones & Daphne Blake had gone shopping at the Coolsville Mall one Saturday afternoon. Two actors, hired to play Batman & Robin for the benefit of the Boys Club, were late for their scheduled show at the mall, and manager Frank Stephens was getting worried. Two hours late. "The children are getting restless. Their parents are testy.", Stephens groaned to a janitor, Herman Burke. "This day is ruined." "Maybe not, Mr. Stephens.", Burke said. "See that young man? He, I think, could pass for Batman in a pinch." While Stephens contemplates the prospect of recruiting Fred, the actors were finally en route to the mall, after a couple of stops along the way. "I told you we had to stop and drop the stuff off before we did the show, lamebrain.", "Batman", alias Henry Holbrook, said. "But, no, clock watcher, you said we don't have time." "And we don't, big brother.", Mark Holbrook, playing Robin, replied. "Luckily, no one will look in the trunk of the Batmobile. 'Sides, by now, the cops are probably tailing the real Dynamic Duo." Actually, the police weren't after Batman & Robin. The Caped Crusaders were away on another case. However, when Superman, who was looking after Gotham City for his friends, answered Commissioner James Gordon's summons, he was stunned to learn of the robberies. "Of course, I can vouch for Batman & Robin's whereabouts, Commissioner. They've been in San Francisco on a Justice League matter with Wonder Woman the last two days. They should be returning by nightfall, as they wrapped the case a short time ago.", he said. "Then how to account for two men masquerading as the Dynamic Duo, even sounding like them?", Gordon asked. "They had everyone fooled, including the bank president." "Don't worry, Commissioner. I'll find them." Back in Coolsville, the Holbrook brothers finally arrived at the mall to do their show. In character, they explained their delay by claiming they had to answer an emergency summons in Gotham City to track down three of their worst enemies, The Riddler, Catwoman, & The Penguin. The kids bought into the act, and everything went smoothly. Due to the late start, two later shows previously scheduled were cancelled. However, the day didn't end well for Frank Stephens. Having gone to dinner, he returned to his office around six and found it had been broken into. The money raised for the Boys Club to build a newer, modern facility had been stolen. At 6:30, Stephens received a call from the talent agency. "I tried getting hold of you earlier, sir, but you weren't available.", Terry Luman said. "Those actors who worked the mall today were fired a week ago. The replacements I hired never came to work yesterday, and were found tied up in their hotel. Their costumes were stolen." "Are you serious, man?", Stephens inquired. "Then this day is a total loss!" ============================================== "You missed your chance to be a big star, Fred.", Daphne teased over dinner. "Those actors made it after all, though they had to cancel the last two performances." "That's what bugs me.", Fred replied. "Two hours late, and only one show? Something doesn't add up." "You're right, Fred, it doesn't add up.", Norville "Shaggy" Rogers said as he joined the couple. "Just heard on the news that the mall's office safe was robbed. The Boys Club isn't getting their building money just yet." "How? Mr. Stephens gave the Club president that prop check, which usually means the money would follow later.", Daphne wondered. "I don't know. I've been trying to figure that one out on the way here.", Shaggy replied. Meanwhile, in Washington, Wonder Woman had been scheduled to address some high school kids, but due to the case in San Francisco, wouldn't make it in time. In this case, there was a handy, ready substitute available----Jayna, one half of the Wonder Twins, who adopted the form of the Amazing Amazon and had rehearsed the speech Diana had written for the occasion. Unfortunately, she wouldn't get the chance to appear on stage. Her brother, Zan, in his civilian guise as Gotham City High student John Fleming, was waiting along with 2 dozen other students, including his girlfriend, Mary Lou Turner, who had no idea why Joanna hadn't made the trip. "All I know, honey, is that Joanna was helping Professor Nichols with a lab project, and couldn't come.", John said. "She's missing out on all the fun." "Then you and I can fill her in at school on Monday.", Mary replied. Backstage, though, government agent Alphonso Nelson approached the disguised alien, not knowing who she really was. The government was unaware that the real Wonder Woman was on her way home from San Francisco. "Excuse me, Wonder Woman, may I see you a moment, please?", he inquired. "Oh, of course.", Jayna answered, doing a perfect mimic of Diana's voice. However, the smile turned into a frown when she saw three other agents waiting for her & Nelson. "I am so sorry to do this, but I am placing you under arrest on suspicion of armed robbery.", Nelson said, holding a pair of handcuffs. "Seriously? Can you prove it?" "Yes, I think we can." =============================================== But, at the same time, Wonder Woman had finally arrived in Washington, and was stunned to find another woman dressed exactly like her exiting a bank. She could see that this ersatz Amazon was actually wearing a black wig over red hair. Capturing the thief was no problem. But when Diana reached the police station, she found Jayna, in handcuffs, and a stunned Nelson. "What is going on here?", she asked. "I-I-I-I think I've made a grave error.", Nelson replied, seeing the real thief in custody. After a quick explanation, the female Super Friends headed back to the theatre. Just then, they received a message from Flash at the Hall of Justice, reporting the series of Bat-robberies in Gotham, Coolsville, and areas in between. "Someone's trying to discredit us.", Flash said. "Could be the Legion of Doom." "We've got a stop to make, then we'll be at the Hall.", Wonder Woman replied. ======================================================= Batman & Robin had returned to Gotham, but were able to avoid being pinned for the thefts at three banks that morning, thanks to Superman. The Dynamic Duo then headed for the Hall of Justice themselves, unaware that their criminal dopplegangers were still on the loose. "You think this might be a Legion of Doom plot, Batman?", Robin asked. "Given the complexity, perhaps. We'll know for sure soon enough, old chum.", Batman assured him. ======================================================== Ok, so where does Scooby fit into all this? We'll see in chapter 2.