The Scooby Gang is on nice, relaxing vacation cruise. So far from land, what kind of trouble could find them here?
Of course, the answer is, a lot, because all of a sudden some sea creatures jump out of the water and climb the ship! Strangely enough, these "sea creatures" want the passengers' money and jewelry--which Daphne promptly refuses to hand over. Shortly after that, Poseidon himself emerges from the sea! Luckily for the gang, they're not alone:
Fred finds a hologram projector laying on the sea floor, revealing where Poseidon came from. Shaggy assumes the case is solved, but Velma realizes that if all six crooks on the ship are now in custody, who was running the projector? Aquaman asks some "witnesses", aka some finny friends. They start on the trail, only to be attacked by those creepy Manta Men! That can only mean one thing...that dastardly denizen of the deep is near, Black Manta!
...To be continued!
Yes, Black Manta pulls what he calls the 1977 Play, which is kidnapping Aquaman and Mera's son. Though this time, under the sure hand of writer Sholly Fisch, I'm sure things will turn out much better for our heroes.
This isn't the Sea King's first appearance in Scooby Doo Team-Up, but it is as a solo star. About time! SDTU is the closest this Scooby fan will ever get to seeing some of the team-ups I wanted to see back in the 70s, when the Scooby Gang was meeting famous guest stars like Batman and Robin, Dick Van Dyke, Sonny and Cher, and every kid's favorite, Mama Cass Elliot. It's a really cute book and I'm glad DC publishes it. Can't wait for Part 2 next issue!