12-Month Trades #5: "Captain Carrot & His Amazing Zoo Crew,V.1-2"

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Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!

Captain Carrot & His Amazing Zoo Crew was just pure fun, and in 1982, came at a good time in DC history. Introduced in a preview in the then red hot New Teen Titans book, the Crew started off meeting Superman, and ended up meeting Changeling (aka Gar Logan, Beast Boy). Post-series, they had a bizarre crossover with Oz and Wonderland, and then weren't seen again until years later, when Kid Devil was reading a comic about them in the Teen Titans, closely followed by Captain Carrot & the Final Ark!. They were just in time for the height of the multiple earths confusion, giving us the Crew on Earth C, and an animal JLA (Just'a Lotta Animals) on Earth C- (C Minus)!

The team included: Captain Carrot (fun fact: he was originally named Roger Rabbit, but the Disney movie caused DC to change it to Rodney Rabbit), Fastback, Yankee Poodle, Rubberduck, Pig-Iron (the super identity of wayback DC star, Peter Porkchops), Alley-Kat-Abra, and eventually Little Cheese. They fought some fun characters like Frogzilla, Mudd, the Wuz-Wolf, and the Time-Keeper, and fought alongside some old comic greats, like The Terrific Whatzit and Hoppy the Marvel Bunny. This series deserves a full color collection, as it was a whole lot of fun, and would probably be just as much fun today.

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Proposed Title:Captain Carrot & His Amazing Zoo Crew, Vol. 1-2.
Vol. 1 Collecting 12 Issues:New Teen Titans #16 (preview only); Captain Carrot & His Amazing Zoo Crew #1-11.
Vol. 2 Collecting 12 Issues:Captain Carrot & His Amazing Zoo Crew #12-20; The Oz-Wonderland War #1-3.
Vol 1 TPB Cover: Captain Carrot & His Amazing Zoo Crew #1

For the Volume 1 cover, I'd go with issue #1, with the Zoo Crew busting in to save Superman. It's a good team shot, and reminds us that yes, they really were part of the larger DC Universe.

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Vol 2 TPB Cover: Captain Carrot & His Amazing Zoo Crew #20

For the Volume 2 cover, I'd go with #20, the final issue. It's one of the better team shots in this grouping of covers, and with Changeling (Beast Boy) on the cover, it again reminds us that these cute and furry crimefighters were part of the fun that is the DC Universe.

Would you buy this series, if it were reprinted in TPB? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

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11 Comments
Posted by Donovan Montgomery

Another yes I would love to see. Again, I once owned this whole series but unfortunately it went missing sometime along the way :(

And for anyone who has yet to read any of these books, go, go now and find them.

Posted by cbishop

@Donovan Montgomery: This series was so much fun! I was hoping the appearance in Teen Titans was signalling a return of the Zoo Crew to comics, but no such luck. They are so missed, in my book.

Posted by Donovan Montgomery
@cbishop: i agree they are missed and that  last story was a huge dissapointment as far as i'm concerned.
Posted by cbishop

@Donovan Montgomery: The last issue, with Changeling? Or the 3-issue Oz/Wonderland thing?

Posted by Donovan Montgomery

The Final Ark story.@cbishop

Posted by cbishop

@Donovan Montgomery: I think I've blocked that one out. I bought it with glee, but don't remember the story at all. lol

Posted by Donovan Montgomery

just shows how dissapointing it was   to us fans. 
(tried responding but my phone kept wanting to flag :!    )

Posted by cbishop

@Donovan Montgomery: Gah! No flagging! lol

Yeah, unfortunately, I'm not joking when I say I don't remember the story. I *do* still remember "Crisis on Earth C-!" :D

Posted by Donovan Montgomery

I think a lot of wriiiters forgot how to write fun stories these days....except d.G.Chister (sp?)

Posted by cbishop

@Donovan Montgomery: Not sure who the writer is that you mentioned, but I don't think it's people have forgotten how to write fun. I think it's that buyers unfortunately don't buy fun. Funny animal never seems to do well. Which is a little sad. I realized awhile back that as much as I love superheroes, I very rarely reread them. The ones I reread, again and again, were things like Captain Carrot, The Road Runner, The Pink Panther, Richie Rich, and the few Archies I had in my collection. It's not that they were necessarily my favorites, but they always fired my imagination, and whatever might have seemed to be "missing" or "not followed up on enough" just fired my imagination further. Not that superheroes don't (they clearly do) but not so that I go back to reread them more than once or twice. Fun comics I read many, many times each. I miss it. And if Archie wasn't pushing Kevin Keller so hard right now, I'd probably be picking them up to get some of that fun back. (I don't mind that the character is gay - I mind that he's perfect - at everything. It makes him kind of flat, to me.)

Posted by Donovan Montgomery

@cbishop:I was thinking J.M. DeMantteis although Chichester is good to.....

I've been fortunate not to catch much Kevin when I read Archie and I agree the push is annoying whatever their reasoning for doing it. They just need to introduce them and let them live like the rest of the cast.