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Captain Carrot Returns!


Going on sale tomorrow (10/10) is the first issue of a new DC Comics’ three-issue mini-series, CAPTAIN CARROT AND THE FINAL ARK, reviving the Zoo Crew characters created by Roy Thomas and Scott Shaw over twenty-five years ago. The new series is written by Bongo’s Bill Morrison, drawn by Scott Shaw!, and inked by Al Gordon. Scott says:

Not a “kiddie comic” — but, like THE SIMPSONS and ROCKY AND HIS FRIENDS, with a multi-tiered sense of humor that appeals to younger readers as well. The new Captain Carrot explores a world of “funny animals” that mirrors (and parodies) those of more traditional comic books. We also make fun of comic book conventions, J. J. Abrams’ upcoming giant monster movie, DC’s 52 and COUNTDOWN series, Tex Avery, Sergio Aragonés, Prince, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Jack Kirby’s NEW GODS and much more.

Scott and Bill will appear in person tomorrow afternoon from 4pm to 6pm at Golden Apple Comics in Northridge (8967 Reseda Blvd.) to sign the first copies.

  • That’s so cool.

  • Bill Field

    That’s great! I picked up Alter Ego magazine today because it has a huge article on Captain Carrot. I haven’t read it yet, I picked it up with the Richie Rich Harvey Collection (by the way, really great job on that, Jerry!) I did not know about the new series of Captain Carrot—Bill Morrison is terrific—so I think between him and Scott Shaw it’ll be incredible!

  • Hooper

    Welcome back, Captain!

  • Jeff Goldner

    Is that a relation of Wonder Warthog’s on the left?

  • Thank god! I loved this title as a kid and its good to see that more kids of this generation will be able to enjoy it as well! GO CAPTAIN CARROT!

  • I saw a thread about this on Animation Nation and was going to ask there (but the thread was locked for some reason): Is Superman going to be in the book at all?

  • Is Superman in CAPTAIN CARROT AND THE FINAL ARK? No, but Super-Squirrel (and the Just’a Lotta Animals) make an appearance in the first issue.

    Thanks to Jerry and everyone for showing such interest and support for CAPTAIN CARROT AND THE FINAL ARK! (Yeah, I didn’t know it had an exclamation point in the title, either.) Our little team — and the Zoo Crew themselves — won’t let you down!

    No, that’s not Wonder Wart-Hog — it’s Pig-Iron, formerly Peter Porkchops — but I freely admit that his brilliant creator, Gilbert Shelton, is one of my foremost influences as a cartoonist.

  • Inkan1969

    I’m eagerly looking forward to find out what’s up with Alley in either this ish or the next. I saw the preview pages at They were gorgeous! The comic’s worth buying just for all the detail in the art.

  • Daniel Mata

    What a great issue!

  • Bill Field

    You know it’s great that true fan favorites can have such evergreen appreciation. Scott– I wondered if you can tell us any animated future or pitches from the past, plans to take the Zoo Crew from 4 color to TV screen?

  • Well, back in the 1980s, Ruby-Spears actually optioned the original CAPTAIN CARROT AND HIS AMAZING ZOO CREW! — twice! Apparently, ABC was very interested in the Zoo Crew for its SatAM lining.

    But neither Roy Thomas nor I were ever asked to participate in the pitch process, even though we not only co-created the characters, we actually own a percentage of ’em. Instead, Jeffrey Scott wrote the pitch and — from what I’ve heard — the great Jack (PAULINE PERIL) Manning drew the presentation boards.

    But this is the most ODDBALL aspect of the second pitch: apparently inspired by DYNOMUTT, this version was to star the Zoo Crew — Captain Carrot, Pig-Iron, Alley-Kat-Abra, Fastback, Yankee Poodle and Rubberduck — teamed up with WONDER WOMAN! Go figure!

    And thanks very much for the nice words!

    Hey, thanks to those who trekked out to Golden Apple yesterday; it was a very lively session and it was great to see Sharon and Ryan Liebowitz and meet one of the Liebowitz grandkids, too. I’m doing a Saturday signing at Meltdown Comics on Sunset in Hollywood, noon to 2:00 PM, so hopefully, some of you will drop by. I’ll be doing “complimentary” drawings for kids, too.

  • Inkan1969

    I’d be dubious about a corporation making a “Captain Carrot” cartoon nowadays. They’d probably turn it into “ZooNatics Unleashed”.

  • Mad Hatter

    Will “Captain Carrot an his Amazing Zoo Crew” ever become an animated series? I’d like to see that! :)