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ALTER EGO #72 (100 pages, $6.95) spotlights Captain Carrot & The Ghost of Milt Caniff! Behind a new SCOTT SHAW! cover of the 1980s Zoo Crew, Roy Thomas and Scott Shaw! document the creation of Captain Carrot, with art & artifacts, many of them never before seen, by SCOTT SHAW!, ROY THOMAS, RICK HOBERG, STAN GOLDBERG, MIKE SEKOWSKY, JOHN COSTANZA, E. NELSON BRIDWELL, CAROL LAY, and others! Also, there’s an incisive interview with DICK ROCKWELL, Golden Age artist (Black Diamond Western, etc.) and 36-year ghost artist on MILTON CANIFF’s Steve Canyon! Plus, there’s P.C. Hamerlinck’s FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America) with Marc Swayze, C.C. Beck, and others, Michael T. Gilbert and Mr. Monster’s Comic Crypt, and more! Edited by Roy Thomas.

Text of Alter Ego #72

  • $6.95In the USA

    No. 72September2007

    Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew, Starro TM & 2007 DC Comics.

    Roy Thomas 24-CarrotComics Fanzine

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  • Alter EgoTM is published monthly by TwoMorrows, 10407 Bedfordtown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614, USA. Phone: (919) 449-0344.Roy Thomas, Editor. John Morrow, Publisher. Alter Ego Editorial Offices: 32 Bluebird Trail, St. Matthews, SC 29135, USA.Fax: (803) 826-6501; e-mail: Send subscription funds to TwoMorrows, NOT to the editorial offices.Single issues: $9 US ($11.00 Canada, $16 elsewhere). Twelve-issue subscriptions: $78 US, $132 Canada, $180 elsewhere. All charactersare their respective companies. All material their creators unless otherwise noted. All editorial matter Roy Thomas. Alter Ego isa TM of Roy & Dann Thomas. FCA is a TM of P.C. Hamerlinck. Printed in Canada. ISSN: 1932-6890


    This issue is dedicated to the memory ofDon Christensen & Marshall Rogers

    ContentsWriter/Editorial: Bringing Out The Beast In Me . . . . . . . . . . . 2Rabbits And Turtles And PigsOh, My! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Mike Curtis takes an affectionate look back at the Zoo Crew.

    Not Just Another Funny-Animal Comic!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7Scott Shaw! and Roy Thomas on the 1981 creation of Captain Carrotand beyond.

    Pens And Nadles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31Ken Nadle on Golden Age DC humor-mongers Larry & Martin Nadle.

    The Drawing Board Is My Sanctuary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39Dick Rockwell talks to Jim Amash about drawing comic books and Steve Canyon.

    Mr. Monsters Comic Crypt! Kooky Krossovers (Part 2) . . . 55Michael T. Gilbert finishes off those tintinabulatin 1940s team-ups at MLJ & Quality.

    Robert Schoenfeld, R.I.P. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63Bill Schelly & Bob Latona salute the late-1960s editor of Gosh Wow!, et al.

    Tributes To Don Christensen & Marshall Rogers . . . . . . . . . 68re: [comments, correspondence, & corrections] . . . . . . . . . 71FCA [Fawcett Collectors Of America] #131 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77Marc Swayze on scripting and C.C. Beck on drawingpresented by P.C. Hamerlinck.

    On Our Cover: Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! began life as a funny-animalversion of the Justice League of America, so original CC artist Scott Shaw!he of the exclam-atory monickerflawlessly executed this anthropomorphic homage to the iconic MikeSekowsky/Murphy Anderson cover of The Brave and the Bold #28 (March 1960). Nuff said?[Characters TM & 2007 DC Comics.]

    Above: One of Scotts very first concept sketches of the good Captainnever before published!See pp. 12-25 for more of same! [2007 DC Comics.]

    Vol. 3, No. 72 / September 2007EditorRoy Thomas

    Associate EditorsBill SchellyJim Amash

    Design & LayoutChristopher Day

    FCA EditorP.C. Hamerlinck

    Comic Crypt EditorMichael T. Gilbert

    Editorial Honor RollJerry G. Bails (founder)Ronn Foss, Biljo WhiteMike Friedrich

    Production AssistantChris Irving

    Circulation DirectorBob Brodsky, Cookiesoup PeriodicalDistribution, LLC

    Cover ArtistScott Shaw!

    Cover ColoristTom Ziuko

    With Special Thanks to:Rob AllenHeidi AmashNick ArroyoPaul BachBob BaileyRod BeckFrank BrunnerMike CatronCharles ChamberlinMike & Carole

    CurtisJeff DellMichal DewallyChris ElliottJohn R. EllisCharles EttingerMichael EuryMark EvanierRex FerrellGreg FischerShane FoleyJanet GilbertStan GoldbergTim GordonHarry GuytonJennifer HamerlinckDavid HedgecockFred HembeckRick HobergShawntae HowardJeff KapalkaDenis KitchenRichard KyleThomas G. Lammers

    Robert LatonaScott LeMienArthur LortieBruce MasonFran MateraJim McQuarrieSheldon MoldoffBrian K. MorrisWill MurrayJim MurtaughKen NadleDave ODellJake OsterMark PanicciaBarry PearlRubn ProcopioRobby ReedSteven RoweScott, Judith, &

    Kirby Shaw!Keif SimonBhob StewartMarc SwayzeJeff TaylorDann ThomasDave TrimbleKen Van CourtJim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.Michael VanceDr. Michael J.

    VassalloGreg VondruskaHames WareMike Zeck

  • ctually, I thought long and hard before I decided to do thisissue of Alter Ego.

    For several years now, cartoonists Scott Shaw! and Jim Engeland I have been discussing an issue of A/E devoted to funny-animalsuper-heroes like Supermouse, Hoppy the Marvel BunnyandCaptain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, the comic book Scottand I co-produced in the early 1980s. We may get around to it yet.

    A few months ago, however, Scott e-mailed me that hed just beenasked to draw a revival of Captain Carrotwithout me as writer.After both of us getting nowhere making individual proposals fromtime to time over the years for a revival of the title, we had agreedneither of us would make a separate approach to a DC editor againbut Scott hadnt initiated this series; an editor had gone to writer BillMorrison of Bongo Comics, then to Scott. While I remain virulentlyhostile to the idea that a new Captain Carrot series has been launchedwith one of the series two main creators cut out of the loop very muchagainst his willlet there be no mealy-mouthed mistake about that!Ididnt have it in me to ask Scott to turn down the opportunity to drawthe characters again. After all, theyre a far larger percentage of hiscomic book legacy than they are of mineand Im keeping quitebusy with the Marvel Illustrated series and work for TwoMorrowsand Heroic Publications, thank you very much. So let me make itclear that Ive no animosity toward Scottor Billfor taking the gig.As to those involved over their heads well, dont get me started.

    On the other hand, I was slightly (if only slightly) mollified to learnthat, in conjunction with this revival, Captain Carrot #1-20i.e., the

    entire canon, except for the final 6 issues, which were put together asthe three-issue mini-series The Oz-Wonderland War in 1985-86were to be published as a 500-page Showcase volume. Moreover, Ireceived a reasonably hefty royalty check for my work reprintedthereinand it arrived two months before the black-&-white bookwent on sale! Youve gotta give at least a few points credit for that.

    So Scott and I decided wed talk about the original Captain Carrotrun for an A/E issue to come out around the same time as the newoneand I invited Mike Curtis, editor and co-publisher of ShandaFantasy Press, to write a brief overview of the 1980s comic.

    By coincidence, Id also recently invited Ken Nadle to write abouthis father, Golden Age DC humor-comics editor Larry Nadle, and hisuncle Martin Nadle. The latter had been the 1940s artist of McSnurtlethe TurtleThe Terrific Whatzit, a speedster terrapin whod made acomeback guest appearance in an 80s issue of Captain Carrot. Thatseemed like a perfect fit for the issue, as well.

    But weve also got plenty of goodies for readers who prefer theirheroes, artists, and writers humanincluding an interview with thelate Dick Rockwell, 1950s comic book artist who ghosted Milt Caniffsnewspaper strip Steve Canyon for more than a third of a century. Weregret that Dick passed away a year or so back, not long after JimAmash interviewed him but we know his family, as well as manycomics enthusiasts, are looking forward to reading the interview at last.


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    [Dr. Strange & Clea TM & 2007 Marvel Characters Inc.]

    Never before seen! A gorgeous FRANK BRUNNER painting of Dr. Strange and Cleahangin out at 177A Bleecker Street!

    Formerly far-out FRANK BRUNNER annotates his own spooky art of Dr. Strange,Howard the Duck, Death, and the whole gruesome gang!

    CHARLES BIROthe murderous maestro of Golden Age comics like Crime DoesNot Pay, Boy Comics, & Daredevil! A never-published interviewplus, JIM AMASHtalks to BIROS DAUGHTERS about their fabulously talented and influential dad!

    A Deadly Dose of REALITY! ROBERT GERSON tells RICHARD ARNDT about hisearly-70s horror comicas illustrated by MICHAEL W. KALUTA, BERNIEWRIGHTSON, JEFFREY JONES, & others!





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    4 writer/editorial

    Bringing Out The Beast In Me

  • ooking through the DC comicsof the mid-1980s, one sees namesthat are still household words

    among comic fans today. Titles likeArionLord of Atlantis! Or OmegaMen! Or I, Vampire! Sword of TheAtom! Or even How to Sell GRIT!

    Well... I guess these names arent reallyso well remembered. But theres oneseries which flourished during thatdecade and which still has a fan followingtoday, even of advance of its return in thenext few weeksCaptain Carrot AndHis Amazing Zoo Crew!

    Captain Carrot certainly was anoffbeat series, especially for a titlepublished within that decade. DC hadgreatly expanded just a few years before,only to suffer the Great Implosion at theend of the 1970s,