Wednesday, October 31, 2012

DC Comics blog Halloween crossover (Or "I got nothin'!)

Happy Halloween, everybody! A plethora of different DC Comics-related blogs (18 in total, I believe) are having one of their semi-annual crossover events, and this one is full of spooky Halloween fun! The main theme behind this crossover was the 1998 crossover event "Ghosts", which appeared in that year's Justice League-related Annuals, although a few of the other blogs have joined in the fun with their own Halloween-type tales from their respective series.

Chad Bokelmen, blogger extraordinaire from over at the Green Lantern blog, Corps Conjecture, was the mastermind behind this idea, and was responsible for recruiting everybody you see below.

I tried! I really did. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything Captain Carrot/Halloween related. Anywhere. So I thought I'd just throw up a mention of this here, and post the links to everybody else's entries.

Here they are, in alphabetical order! Read 'em all, they're all great! And make sure to have a safe and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

■“Ghosts” @ The Aquaman Shrine

■“Bough Breaks” @ Batman: Gotham Knights Online

■“Swamp Thing’s Ghost Dance” @ The BLOG from the BOG – Swamp Thing

■“Seeing Ghosts” @ Boosterrific

■“Life Itself” @ Captain’s JLA Homepage

■“Ghosts’ – The Corpse Corps!” @ Corps Conjecture

■“What Creeps Out The Creeper?” @ DC Bloodlines

■“The Distance Gone” @ Diana Prince is the New Wonder Woman

■“Shoe Shine.. Back from the Dead” @ Firestorm Fan

■“The Death Sentence” @ Great Krypton!

■“Happy Halloween” @ I Am The Phantom Stranger

■Martian Manhunter in “Heart’s Afire” @ The Idol-Head of Diabolu

■“Legend of Driq” @ Indigo Tribe

■The Vixen in “Role Model” @ Justice League Detroit

■“Ghosts” @ Power of the Atom

■“Ragman – Ripped to Shreds!” @ Ragman – DC’s Tatterdemalion of Justice

■The Spectre in “Zor” @ Siegel & Shuster: Mythmakers

■“High-Speed Hauntings” @ Speed Force

The thing that made this extra fun for me was I didn't even know about some of these blogs before now, and they are ALL interesting and full of fun facts relating to their subject matter. Expect me to be adding them to my Links list ASAP!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Who's Who: The Definitive Podcast of the DC Universe: Volume 4 hits

Strangely enough, the day after I posted my Captain Carrot Who's Who entry, Shag and Rob over at the Fire & Water Podcast posted their fourth entry in their Who's Who: The Definitive Podcast of the DC Universe podcast.

This episode, of course, covers Issue 4 of the series and by extension, Captain Carrot. They were also kind enough to drop a mention of Captain Carrot's Burrow and mention my name, so episode 4 will always hold a special place in my shriveled little heart. Thanks guys!! If I ever have a podcast (God help us), I'll return the favor.

Clickety click HERE to go to the download page!! And enjoy. To quote Ryan Daly from the Black Canary Fan blogsite, "Nobody talks for two hours about characters I mostly don’t care about better than Rob and Shag!" Haha!!

And be sure to tune in next week (I'm assuming. I could be wrong, it happens. Rarely. Okay, maybe not so rarely) for the new episode of the regular F&W podcast, where (again, I'm assuming) the guys will be talking about Firestorm #13, the first issue of the new direction for that title, with Dan Jurgens taking over the writing chores, (SO EXCITED FOR THIS!! WISH MY DAMN COPY WOULD JUST GET HERE ALREADY!!!) and Aquaman #13, which is probably just a typical issue. ;) Sorry Rob, I'm still waiting for my copies of issues 1 to 12 to show up before I actually read any Aquaman. I'm sure I'll be more enthusiastic once I've read the darn book!

On another, unrelated note today is the first day I typed the name of this blog into Google Search and had it show up! So yay me! It also showed up on a random Captain Carrot search, although in that case it was on page two of the results. But still, yay me!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Who's Who in the Zoo Crew - Captain Carrot

I thought it would be fun to post the Who's Who entries for the Zoo Crew. So, here in the first entry, who better to start us off than the Captain himself?

This handbook entry first appeared in the June 1985 issue of Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe. The issue number (or volume number as it states on the cover) is #4.

Who's Who is a great series, and I urge everybody to track down the back issues if they can. Maybe DC will do an updated version one of these days.

So that's my Who's Who entry for this time. Who would you like to see posted next? Let me know. If not, I'll just choose my own. And if you don't like who I pick, oh well, you had your chance.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Funeral in Earth-C

For those of you who haven't had a chance to catch Robot Chicken's DC Comics Special, which aired September 9th, 2012, here is the Captain Carrot skit, "Funeral in Earth-C". Enjoy. And be sure to check out the rest of the episode if you can. Funny stuff.

Damn Batman. What a dork.

The Return of Captain K'Rot...wait. What?

Keith Howell alerted me to this yesterday over on facebook, and Captain Carrot co-creator Scott Shaw has also been posting it. It's an interesting (or not, depending on how you look at it, or what it actually ends up being) little item that shows up in DC's solicitations for January 2013.

Backup story art by SCOTT KOLINS
1:100 Variant cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
On sale JANUARY 16 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
• Introducing THE HUNTED, spinning directly out of this month’s GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ANNUAL #1!
• Featuring the New 52 gallery of space heroes: The Star Rovers, Star Hawkins, Space Cabbie, Tom Tomorrow, Captain K’Rot, and Star Ranger!
• Also introducing Jediah Caul, a disgraced Green Lantern stripped of his power ring, who is hunted for sport on a televised reality show!•
• LARFLEEZE steals the spotlight in his first ongoing series of backup stories! What happens when Larfleeze, the ultimate hoarder, is robbed...of everything!

So this new series spins out of the Green Lantern: New Guardians Annual #1, also on sale in January, and features amongst its many characters, a Captain K'Rot.


Is this the New 52 revamping our beloved character for the new universe? Is he still going to look like a Funny Animal, or will they screw him up and draw him realistically? Scott Kolins is on art duty, so I'm sure he's more than capable of keeping him looking Funny Animal-like, but who knows if he will. Hell, we don't even know if this Captain K'Rot guy is, in fact, based on Captain Carrot. Part of me is hoping it is, and the other part is rolling his eyes, hugging his knees to himself and muttering, "Why? WHY do you have to do this?" all while rocking back and forth in the corner of the room.

And, if it is New 52 Captain Carrot, are we going to see the rest of the Zoo Crew? Only time will tell. I'll be picking up the book regardless. They just cancelled Blue Beetle, ending in January, so I need something new to add to the pull list. This will obviously go well with the other four Green Lantern titles, all of which I am currently reading.

So keep your eyes open for this new title, on sale at your LCS January 16, 2013.

Your First Assignment!

So I was mindlessly browsing the Internet earlier, trying valiantly to keep the contents of my stomach in my stomach (I have the flu. Whoopee!),when I stumbled across this picture:

As you can see, it features the Justa Lotta Animals, the team from Earth-C-Minus, meeting up with the Justice Society of America.

My question is, does anybody know what this panel is from? I've looked through my Captain Carrot back issues (the JLA first appeared, as real characters, in CCAHAZC #14 during the "Crisis on Earth-C-Minus" storyline) and I do NOT see this panel anywhere.

Is it just a special panel Jerry Ordway did up for fun? Or am I just blind and it's right there in front of my face?

If you know, please let me know.

Welcome to the Burrow!

Hi everybody, and welcome to my second (and probably last) blogsite, Captain Carrot's Burrow. It's the new place on the Internet to come and celebrate your love for those fantastic Funny Animal comics published by DC Comics.

First off, I would like to point out that I am a Marvelite, or is it Marvel Zombie? I'm not sure what the proper term is these days. What I mean is, for years, I pretty much read only Marvel. I think I made a conscious decision at some point in time to actually get rid of all my DC stuff, and just concentrate on one universe. That was a lame decision. I must have been high, or something. Don't get me wrong, I still loved the DC characters, I just didn't want to be reading about two different comic book worlds, and since most of my favorite characters were at Marvel, I stuck with them.

"Yeah, Sean. That was extremely stupid of you. But why are you telling us this?"

Well, I'm telling you this because Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew is a DC book. And I'm making a blog about them. AND some other DC stuff might creep in from time to time. AND I am by no means a DC expert. So, on occasion, I may make...*gasp* mistakes!!!!

There. I said it.

I may make mistakes from time to time when it comes to DC history. I'm not saying I will for sure, but it is possible. The only DC books I've kept up with semi-consistently over the last 15 years would be Firestorm and Justice League of America, so my knowledge of the DC Universe as a whole is limited. That being said, I will try to keep the errors to a minimum. Feel free to trash me and set me right if I do screw up.

What do I hope to accomplish here? Well, raising awareness of the awesomeness that is Roy Thomas and Scott Shaw's Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew funny book, for one.(Maybe even enough to get DC to give them a new series? Probably not, but one can dream.) I plan to review all the Captain Carrot appearances, maybe post some fan art, keep you all up to date on any new Captain Carrot news. Stuff like that. So keep checking back. You never know what could happen.

And be sure to check out Firestorm Fan and The Aquaman Shrine. And their collaboration podcast, Fire and Water. Those are the two DC fan blogs that inspired me to do this blog in the first place. So thanks to Shag Matthews and Rob Kelley for the inspiration. (Rob, you can kick my ass later if I spelled your last name wrong.) Edit: I have just been informed by Rob himself that I can be expecting an ass-kicking. It's spelled "Kelly" with one "e". Sorry, Rob. That's what I get for posting with the flu. Please, not the face!!!

And a special thanks to Keith Howell who threw together my fantastic Captain Carrot's Burrow banner you see up at the top of the page. I love it!

So where do we stand right now? Well, I'm just waiting for my copy of New Teen Titans #16 to show up (that's Captain Carrot's FIRST appearance, for you unedumacated people), and then we'll get started on the reviews.

And people!!! Feel free to let me know of anything Captain Carrot-related you may find. News, pictures, interviews with the creators, etc etc. I will be setting up an e-mail account JUST for this blog, so you'll be able to contact me through there with any juicy tidbits you may find. Always looking for some good reporters!

Until next time!