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Brew's Crew: The Amazing True Tail of Captain Carrot and his Zoo Crew!

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Contributing Editor
created 12/14/2012 - 3:30pm, updated 12/14/2012 - 7:13pm

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(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with cosmic comics and their many denizens. Mr. Brewer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CosmicBookNews.com. He welcomes both raves and opposing views – but mostly raves.)

By Byron Brewer

If you have been on any message board in the last week, you know who he is. Or at least you think you do.

He is the man of the hour, the man with the power, the man to sweet to be sour.

But he really isn’t a man at all … not by a hare!

He is … DC’s own Captain Carrot, and he will be returning in a fashion in the third issue of the CBNwildly-anticipated sci-fi anthology series, Threshold, being written by Keith Giffen, the man behind Marvel’s Annihilation.

But that news has been done to death. What we want to explore today in Brew’s Crew is not Captain K’rot of Threshold, but Captain Carrot, the funny animal Superman homage created by Roy Thomas and Scott Shaw and first appearing in a special insert in The New Teen Titans #16 (1982).

This now-controversial cosmic captain actually did live in the DC “Multiverse,” first on an alternate Earth designated as Earth-C and later redesignated as Earth-26.

This extra-dimensional bunny was called Roger Rabbit early in his stories, but as the series (and yes it did last here and there quite a spell) rolled on, the super-rabbit’s secret ID became Rodney Rabbit to avoid legal issues with the Disney film star/detective.

Like Harold H. Harold in so many Tomb of Dracula spoofs, Rodney worked as a writer/artist for his world’s version of DC Comics! For example, he oversaw Just’a Lotta Animals, his world’s JLA comic.

After his initial appearance in New Teen Titans #16, Captain Carrot appeared in 20 issues of his own series, Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew! The 20-issue run was written by Thomas and penciled by Shaw and Stan Goldberg, with Al Gordon inking issues #6-14.

According to the final issue of the series, the book was cancelled in favor of placing the Zoo Crew in a number of miniseries, but only one such miniseries, the three-issue Oz/Wonderland War (in which the characters became involved in an inter-dimensional war involving the worlds of L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll, which I would love to read), was ever published.

Captain Carrot returned in a mini-series titled Captain Carrot and the Final Ark! (October–December 2007, written by Bill Morrison, penciled by Shaw and inked by Gordon). The end of that series shows their Earth to be rendered uninhabitable. The Captain has an ocean liner loaded with refugees that is transported off-planet by the Just’a Lotta Animals. The ship is then accidentally sent from Earth-26 to New Earth.

The Justice League encounters the ship and lands it safely, though all the passengers, including Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew, are transformed into non-anthropomorphic animals. That zapster Zatanna, unaware of the animals' true nature, claims Rodney as a pet for her magic act.

However, in the climatic battle in Final Crisis #7, Captain Carrot participates, his anthropomorphic form and powers (along with those of his Zoo Crew teammates) restored by the renegade Monitor Nix Uotan.

In Zatanna #4 (October 2010), it is revealed that during his time on New Earth, Rodney fathered a child named Lucky with one of Zatanna's rabbits, who is still in her keep.

It will be interesting to see what Captain Carrot … or Captain K’rot … will be like in DC’s New 52, eh, as comic creators past pull lawsuits out of their hats!

 
 

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