Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Scribblenauts Unmasked: Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew. And HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO ME!

So, have you picked up this game yet? I had a heck of a time finding a copy, and really wanted to show some screen shots of the Zoo Crew, so I contacted Shag Matthews over at Firestorm Fan. Shag had recently put up an entry much like this one featuring all the Firestorm characters that are featured in the game, so I assumed he had a copy. (You can find Shag's Firestorm Scribblenauts entry here.)

He didn't.

But, he informed me, Keith G. Baker did. And that's who Shag had gotten all his cool screen-grabs from. So I facebooked Keith and asked him nicely if he could do the same for me. And thankfully, he happily agreed.

So here we go. Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure is one in a series of games that 5th Cell has put out. It is available for purchase now on PC, the WiiU and the Nintendo 3DS (which is the version I finally managed to track down). The game is set in the DC Universe and features hundreds of your favorite characters, heroes and villains alike. Imagine my shock and happiness to hear that Captain Carrot and the gang had made the cut.

But enough of my babbling. Let's roll on the screen shots, courtesy of Keith.

First up, Captain Carrot himself.




...and her Magic Wanda

Yankee Poodle

And there you have the original Zoo Crew as they appear in Scibblenauts: Unmasked. But wait! There are a few more Captain Carrot related characters to be found in the game.

We've got Little Cheese...

...and American Eagle!

And, of course, the team shot.

Is that it? Well, not really. We've got ONE MORE.


Yup, that's right. Batmouse. Both Keith and I couldn't quite figure out why Batmouse has an entry but yet,the other Just'a Lotta Animals characters do not. Oh well, maybe in an update. (Do 3DS games even have updates?) But really, no Super-Squirrel? And I really was hoping Firestork would be in there. Come on!

And no Earth-C villains to be seen either. No Frogzilla, no Wuz-Wolf, no nothin'. But you know what? I'm okay (kind of) with that. I'm just happy to see the Zoo Crew getting its due. Besides, I guess we can count these two shady bastards as Captain Carrot villains that are in the game:



Well, there you have it. I'd like to thank Keith once again, both for taking the time to grab these pics for me, and for looking through the game to find as many Earth-C characters as he could. Since I bought the game, I have done my own painstaking search trying to find something he may have missed, but he got them all. Thanks also to Shag for steering in me Keith's direction.

And overall, the game itself is pretty fun. Go pick up a copy today. Here's the website again, in case you're too lazy to scroll back to the top. Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure

Oh, and I made it a whole year (today, by the way. I will accept cash in lieu of presents) and this blog hasn't exploded in my face yet. I've made a bunch of new friends, most of whose websites are posted on the right-hand side of the page and a few whose aren't. I'd like to thank EVERYBODY who has contributed, or hassled me to write something, or mentioned me on their site or podcast, or just plain old stopped by to call me names. I love you all! Platonically, I mean!

Most important of all, I survived Captain K'Rot!!!

What's in store for Year Two of Captain Carrot's Burrow?

No clue. Maybe I'll actually get around to reviewing the comics? Maaaaaaybe.....

Keep on Crewzin! Year One has been great!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Mystery comic strip!

Marcus Mebes posted this Captain Carrot strip earlier tonight on the Bring Back Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew! page on facebook, asking if anybody knew where it came from.

I hadn't seen this picture before, and from the replies on facebook, neither had anybody else. So I shot off a private message to Scott Shaw! himself, and he replied almost instantly saying he was't entirely sure, but he thought it was from Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special, which in and of itself, I had never heard of. A quick google search later and I came up with this:

Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special '91. I am assuming this is the above strip's point of origin. If you look at the list of contributing artists listed on the cover, you can see Scott's name. So until somebody tells me otherwise, I'm pretty sure I have tracked it down. If anybody out there can confirm, that would be great!

The strip itself is great, and Marcus is gonna color it up. I'll be sure to post the finished version on here when he gets it finished.

(I especially love the caption box that says "No gritty revisionist comeback for the Zoo Crew!" and then at the bottom, "Until DC gets desperate!" Well, Captain K'Rot certainly reeked of desperation!)

So now we know what the Zoo Crew was up to in between the Oz/Wonderland War mini-series and their appearance in the 2003 Teen Titans series issues 30 and 31. Well, up until shortly before the events in those issues, as the Zoo Crews' lives went all to hell by then.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Random Panel of the Day #1

Yeah, I'm a copy cat. Sue me. Wait, don't do that.

Got the idea from both Rob Kelly at the Aquaman Shrine and Shag Matthews at Firestorm Fan.

Anyway, here it is. Where's it from?

New blog/website added,

While stumbling blindly around facebook the last couple of days, trying desperately to figure out which issue of the 1980 series, New Teen Titans, was the last to feature original stories (it was in fact issue #58), I realized I was getting nowhere fast. So I headed on over to Firestorm Fan to check Shag's links to see if he had a Teen Titans site posted. And lo and behold, he did! Shag saves the day. Again. Ugh. Hahaha, just kidding Shag, I don't know what I would do without you.

A quick scan through the site quickly solved my "which issue?" problem, and then I found myself looking through a lot more of the site. It really is the go-to site if you have any questions about the Teen Titans. There is a lot of fun and informative stuff to be found on, so get on over there if you're a fan.

And yes, I'm on a bit of a Titans kick right now. Thinking of starting a collection. I used to be quite the fan of the series back around the time of the 1980 series, and still am to this day. Currently, however, the only issue I own are the three to have Captain Carrot stories and all of the New 52 series. Time to get collecting, I think.

In the meantime, I've downloaded all 5 seasons of Teen Titans the animated series and am gonna give that show a watch. I've heard it's pretty good.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Golden Age Connection #1.5

I'm calling this the Golden Age Connection 1.5 because...well, it's not really what I had in mind for those particular blog entries. You see, it doesn't really feature Captain Carrot in any way. It's just something that I found interesting, and thought I would share. And I guess it does sort of tie in the the Captain Carrot series, or at the very least, Earth-C.

You've all read New Teen Titans #16 and Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew # 1 in which Superman travels to Earth-C for the first time and meets up with Captain Carrot and eventually the rest of the Zoo Crew. If you haven't, what the heck are you even doing on this page?

Is this the first time Superman, or a Superman, has been to Earth-C? This little tidbit I found today says otherwise.

The panels above appeared in Funny Stuff #22 (June 1947) and shows the Golden-Age Superman cameoing in the "The Dodo and the Frog" strip that was featured in that issue. The Dodo and the Frog, as every CCAHAZC fan knows, would later appear in Captain Carrot #3, with the Frog turning out to be the villain of that issue, Frogzilla. (Oops, SPOILERS!!! Yeah right.)

Like I said, just thought this was interesting, and it was something I was previously unaware of.

Make of it what you will.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Still Alive, and some Captain Carrot/Justa Lotta Animals Fan Art!

Yup, I'm still here. I've just been busy moving to a new city (Thunder Bay) and starting a new job, getting the Man-Cave set up, and pretty much everything else that could possibly keep me from having time to work on the blog.

That being said, I'm still too busy for this at the moment, but I happened across these super cool and fun Captain Carrot pieces as I was looking around on deviantART today. I hope you get a kick out of them.

The art was by Robert Magnuson, or RMagnuson, as he's known on the deviantART website. Check out some of his other stuff.