|Captain Carrot in issue #5. Art by Scott Shaw! and Chad Grothkopf. Look at those feet!|
|First appearance||New Teen Titans #16 (Feb. 1982)|
|Created by|| Roy Thomas (writer)|
Scott Shaw! (artist)
|Alter ego||Roger Rodney Rabbit|
|Team affiliations||The Zoo Crew|
Enhanced vision and hearing
Ability to leap long distances
Captain Carrot (Roger Rodney Rabbit) is a fictional anthropomorphic superhero published by DC Comics. His first appearance was in a special insert in The New Teen Titans #16 (cover-dated Feb. 1982). He was created by Roy Thomas and Scott Shaw.
Fictional character biography
Captain Carrot is depicted as a superhero who lived on the other-dimensional world of Earth-C, an alternate Earth populated by sentient animals, which was later redesignated Earth-26 in the new DC multiverse. At the beginning of the Captain Carrot series, he was referred to as "Roger Rabbit"; later in the series, "Rodney Rabbit" was usually used, to avoid legal issues involving the literary (and later film) character Roger Rabbit. Rodney was officially stated to be his middle name in the letters column.
In his alter ego, Rodney works for Earth-C's DC Comics as a writer and artist, primarily on the comic "Just'a Lotta Animals."
After their initial appearance in New Teen Titans #16, Captain Carrot and his team appeared in 20 issues of their own series, Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!. The 20 issue run was written by Roy Thomas and penciled by Scott Shaw! and Stan Goldberg with Al Gordon inking issues, #s 6-14. According to the final issue of the series, the book was cancelled in favour of placing the Zoo Crew in a number of miniseries, but only one such miniseries, the three-issue Oz/Wonderland War (in which the characters became involved in an interdimensional war involving the worlds of L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll), was ever published.
The Captain and Crew returned in a miniseries titled Captain Carrot and the Final Ark! (October–December 2007, written by Bill Morrison and drawn by Scott Shaw! and Al Gordon). The end of that series shows their Earth to be rendered uninhabitable and the Captain has an ocean liner loaded with refugees that is transported off the planet by the Just'a Lotta Animals. The ship is then accidentally sent from Earth-26 to New Earth. The Justice League encounters the ship and lands it safely, though all the passengers, including the Captain and the Zoo Crew, are transformed into non-anthropomorphic animals. The superheroine magician, Zatanna, unaware of the animals' true nature, claims Rodney as a pet for her magic act.
However, in the climatic battle in Final Crisis #7, Captain Carrot participates, his anthropomorphic form and powers (along with those of his Zoo Crew teammates) restored by the renegade Monitor Nix Uotan.
In Zatanna #4 (October 2010), it is revealed that during his time on New Earth, Rodney fathered a child named Lucky with one of Zatanna's rabbits, who is still in her keeping.
The Zoo Crew also exists in the post-Crisis DC Universe as popular cartoon characters. In her own series, Wonder Woman passes by Captain Carrot's action figure in a Tokyo toy shop.
Powers and abilities
- Upon eating a "cosmic carrot," Rodney is imbued with various superpowers, including limited invulnerability, super-strength, enhanced speed, stamina, hearing, and vision, and the ability to make gigantic, powerful leaps. Later in the series, Captain Carrot was able to achieve full flight.
- Rodney's powers are the only ones out of the Zoo Crew that are not permanent; after 24 hours or a period of extreme exertion, Captain Carrot's powers wear off, and Rodney reverts to being normal again. As such Rodney keeps a grow-op to ensure a continuous supply of carrots and keeps two holstered on his costume for recharges when necessary.