Cartoons and Monsters

DC has released their solicitations for the comics they’ll be shipping in October. Lots of stuff about Countdown, the Crime Syndicate, the New Gods, the Sinestro Corps, the Justice League, the Justice Society, and much more.

But for me, there were only two comics listed that really set my geeky heart a-thumpin’.

During the early ’80s, I, along with a lot of other people, re-discovered comics, thanks to Chris Claremont’s work on Marvel’s X-Men, and Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s work on DC’s Teen Titans. But not me. I got back into comics because of “Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew.” And it’s not like I was the only fan of funny-animal superheroics — the Zoo Crew has acquired a dedicated cult following over the years, despite more than a decade of open contempt from DC’s bigwigs.

But we wore them down.


Written by Bill Morrison

Art by Scott Shaw! & Al Gordon

Cover by Shaw! & Morrison

The Zoo Crew is back in a 3-issue COUNTDOWN tie-in miniseries! Captain Carrot reunites the team to face a threat that begins at the “Sandy Eggo Comic-Con” and quickly menaces the entire world ! The gang’s all here: Fastback, Pig-Iron, Yankee Poodle, American Eagle, Alley-Kat-Abra, and the Captain himself, taking on the Salamandroid!

On sale October 10 – 1 of 3 – 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

I have no earthly idea how this is supposed to tie into “Countdown.” But hey, the Zoo Crew’s back! Everyone do the happy dance!

For the second one, you have to go back further — as far back as I seem to be able to remember, I’ve loved monster movies (even when I wasn’t allowed to watch them as a child), monster makeup, scary stories, and Halloween. It’s now just about the only holiday I really celebrate, and by the time October gets here, y’all should expect to see me running around town in a vampire cape, biting random people on the leg, and making werewolf noises.

And DC knows what I like to read in October.


Written and illustrated by various

Cover by Gene Ha

Don’t miss this collection of 13 stories of tricks and treats by some of comics’ top creators, including writers Steve Niles, Mark Waid, Steve Seagal, Dan DiDio, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Peter Johnson (TV’s Supernatural), David Arquette (Scream), Cliff Dorfman (Entourage) and many more with art by Ian Churchill, Dean Ormston, Dustin Nguyen , Bernard Chang and others! The inmates of Arkham horrify each other with terrifying tales involving Superman and zombies, Batman and vampires, Robin and werewolves, Aquaman and witches, Flash and the dead, and more! Plus, the return of Resurrection Man!

On sale October 31 – 80 pg, FC, $5.99 US

It’s an Eighty Page Giant — with monsters! HUZZAH!

That is, by the way, an entirely awesome cover, but everything Gene Ha draws is golden.

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