Harlan Ellison plays himself on Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated in tonight’s (October 18) episode “Shrieking Madness”:
Things don’t go as planned when a creature called CHAR GAR GOTHAKON begins terrorizing the campus. Turns out this beast is a fictional character come to life. A creation of the author H.P. HATECRAFT who is a professor at the school. Although one of the other professors, HARLAN ELLISON, claims Hatecraft is a fraud, the creature is definitely real. And when it attacks and carries off Hatecraft to his doom, the gang realizes it has to come together once again to solve this mystery and save Hatecraft’s life.
Ellison aptly says in his online announcement, “The words ‘a hoot’ come to mind.”
[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]
The illo doesn’t *look* like Harlan Ellison, though. Not even like a Harlan Ellison from 50 some odd years ago…
I can’t guarantee this is Harlan’s character in the episode. If nothing else, this cell displays the “Hatecraft” book.
When I reviewed the available cells this showed the lone character who seemed not to be the villain or part of the regular Scooby gang. Maybe somebody watched the episode and can say for sure whether it’s Harlan.
In any case, appearing on a Scooby-Doo episode sure doesn’t carry the cachet of appearing on The Simpsons… or even on Family Guy. I’m not even sure its as desireable as appearing on American Dad. I think I’d rather be on The Smurfs, frankly.
No, that isn’t the cartoon Harlan you have there. Since the Scooby gang hasn’t changed (except for the slimming-down of Velma) since the ’70s, the Harlan they used is roughly the Ellison of the ’70s as well.