Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! is a DC Comics comic book about a team of funny animal superheroes called the Zoo Crew. The characters first appeared in a special insert in The New Teen Titans #16 (February 1982), followed by a series published from 1982 to 1983.
The Zoo Crew characters were created by Roy Thomas and Scott Shaw
Our Library doesn’t have the insert from New Teen Titans #16
Here is some information on this insert
The series can be found here
Currently we have only issue 1
Which is a “done in one issue”, unlike most comics today
Issue 1 is a continuation of the insert in New Teen Titans
I still wear shirts with these guys on it and watch the cartoons. My first exposure was a video a family friend rented that had the pilot episode on it. Next thing I knew, the cartoon was everywhere as they took over my cartoon watching and toy collection. While they aren’t exactly DC characters, they are in few minis with Batman, as you have posted an image from.
One time I was at a convention
When the Mickey Mouse Club song was played
The chorus for
Donald Duck was much louder than for Mickey
The first time I got an idea how popular the artist Carl Barks was in Fandom
I remember a Road Runner comic.
He had a wife son and daughter. The wife wore a pearl necklace around her neck
And they all talked
Another case of transfer to another medium being different
The Flintstones haa a pet Dinosaur called Dino. One issue of the Flintstones series by Mark Russell had arguments between Dino and the assorted animal appliances that had to work while Dino didn’t have to. I will do a post on that issue.
I had the first issue of Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles but don’t have it any longer
And I read Cerebrus the Aardvark for many many issues
I don’t remember any DC or Marvel funny animal series in the 1950s or 60s. Much later was Howard the Duck.
Outside of superheroes, I think Mickey and Bugs Bunny are tied. They came before superheroes, but not by much. I remember waking up early and realizing Saturday mornings had cartoons. I had to be around 3 almost 4. There was a Star Wars cartoon with Ewoks and Super Friends. The rest is history from there.
We didn’t have cable so I would have to watch Snagglepuss, Hong Kong Phooey, and Top Cat at my grandparents house as they had cable and more importantly, Nickelodeon.
I don’t remember my first encounter with funny animals, but watched all the Looney Tunes cartoons. I also watched all the early Hanna-Barbara cartoons. Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Top Cat, and so many more.
I also don’t remember my first funny animal comic, but I did read the occasional Dell comic featuring Looney Tunes crew. The Looney Tunes are my favorites, especially the original Theatrical Shorts.
I am a huge fan of Cerebus the Aardvark. Dave Sim did great commentary on the comics industry and then went far beyond that. The Zoo Crew came out when I was in college so I never read it.
Now that I think about it, I think some of the earliest comics I ever read were Disney comics. Doing a little research, I think they might have been Gladstone Comics, which reprinted a lot of his work.