Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling pop culture commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!
Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #5 – July, 1982
Cover Art by Scott Shaw
If you are like me then you’ve often wondered how the Easter holiday became such a crazy amalgamation of Christian resurrection, colorful hard-boiled eggs, springtime parades and judgmental giant bunnies; but in DC Comics’ alternate Earth-C universe, inhabited by Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew, yet another odd variable was thrown into this mix – aliens!
Captain Carrot and his team (Alley-Kat-Abra, Fastback, Pig-Iron, Rubberduck and Yankee Poodle) appeared on the comic book scene in 1982 as a special insert in The New Teen Titans #16, and in their own early eighties’ series, Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew.
In issue #5 of the series, in a spoof of the films Raiders of the Lost Ark and Chariots of the Gods, the heroes uncover the mystery of Easter Bunny Island, where an ancient race of space rabbits hid eggs containing alien monsters in the form of egg yolks.
As Oklahoma Bones, Jr. recounts the story of his Dad’s adventures on the lost island, the armor-clad Pig-Iron (AKA Peter Porkchops) inadvertently unleashes the yolk monster that Okie (Senior) had recovered from the strange island decades earlier, and funny animal wackiness ensues.
Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew were created by the legendary comic writer, Roy Thomas, and illustrator Scott Shaw. But crew member Peter Porkchops first appeared in Leading Comics #23 (1947) and he had his own comic series for several years (of the non-superhero variety.)
Here’s hoping all of our readers have an excellent Easter holiday – and please try to avoid any alien egg yolks!
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