Former Occupations: Many
Known Relatives: Unnamed mother and brother, Don Coyote (stepfather) & 2 stepbrothers, Merton McSnurtle (uncle)
Base of Operations: Follywood, Califurnia, Earth-C or Earth-26*
Group Affiliation: The Zoo Crew
First Appearance: The New Teen Titans #16, February 1982
Created by: Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway & Scott Shaw!
See Also: Fastbak
When rays from space started making people act like apes, Superman flew to investigate, only to discover a barrier trapping him in the Earth’s atmosphere. Spotting a meteor passing through unhindered, he grabbed it, hurled it back outward, and hung on for the ride. When he hit the barrier, the meteor exploded, and Superman was transported to an alternate universe, Earth C, populated by anthropomorphic “funny animals.”
Six meteor fragments, charged by Superman’s powers, fell to earth across the United Species of America, from Los Antelope to Gnu York, where similar rays from space were de-evolving their citizens. The six struck by meteorite fragments gained super-powers, and together followed Superman to the planet Pluto, where they found that Starro the Conquerer had come to their universe and was planning to take over their devolved world.
One of the new heroes was a turtle from the Okey-Dokey swamp named Timmy Joe Terrapin. Timmy meant well, but was always too slow to hold down a job. Trying to catch a bus somewhere in the state of Kornsas, he was hit by the meteorite and gained super-speed, becoming Fastback, the Reptilian Rocket!
The Terrific Whatzit
Known Relatives: Timmy Joe Terrapin (nephew)
First Appearance: Funny Stuff #1 (Summer 1944)
Created by: Martin Naydel
While Fastback is unaware of it, his uncle McSnurtle was the Weird War II-era
hero, the Terrific Whatzit. The Terrific Whatzit had super speed, super strength, and
could fly. He earned his name from the fact that he removed his shell when in costume,
so no one could tell what he was—which made it extremely easy to keep his identity
secret. The Terrific Whatzit is retired now, but his nephew carries on the fight against
The Crash—again a turtle—comes from a similar “funny animals” world which
mirrors the pre-Crisis Earth 1 (usually referred to as Earth C-),
and was a member of the JLA—the Just’a Lotta Animals. Interestingly, the
Just’a Lotta Animals are well-known comic book characters on Earth C, and their
series is presently written and drawn by Roger Rodney Rabbit, also known as...
- Fastback: Speed Force #1 (November 1997) - Phil Jimenez
- The Terrific Whatzit: Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #9 (November 1982) - Scott Shaw and Al Gordon
- The Crash: Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #14 (April 1983) - Scott Shaw and Al Gordon
- Who’s Who in the DC Universe #7 - Fastback (September 1985)
- Regular in Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew (1982–1984)
- The Oz-Wonderland War (3-issue miniseries, 1986), E. Nelson Bridwell, Joey Cavalieri & Carol Lay
- Speed Force #1 (November 1997): Pin-up by Phil Jimenez
- Captain Carrot and the Final Ark (3-issue miniseries, 2007), Bill Morrison, Scott Shaw! & Al Gordon
- The Terrific Whatzit:
- Regular in Funny Stuff (1944–1946)
- Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #9 (November 1982): “Time Varmints,” Scott Shaw and Roy Thomas
- The Crash:
- Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #14–15 (April–May 1983): “Crisis on Earth C” and “Crisis on Earth C-Minus,” Scott Shaw and E. Nelson Bridwell
- Captain Carrot and the Final Ark #3 (2008): “The Surreal Life,” Bill Morrison, Scott Shaw! & Al Gordon
When the Zoo Crew first appeared in 1984, its world was given the designation of Earth-C in the original, pre-Crisis multiverse (no doubt for Captain Carrot). After Crisis on Infinite Earths, which did away with the multiverse, they were treated as fictional characters in comic books published within the DC Universe. Fragments of such a story appeared in Teen Titans v.3 #30–31 (2006) as “Whatever Happened to Captain Carrot?”—a parody of the grim-and-gritty trend in super-hero comics. Fastback did not appear, being trapped in the future.
After Infinite Crisis and 52, a new, 52-world multiverse was created. One of the universes, designated Earth-26, turns out to be very much like the old Earth-C, and features in the mini-series, Captain Carrot and the Final Ark (billed as “A Countdown Tie-In—Really?”). While it acknowledges the events in “Whatever Happened to...” it returns to the comedic tone of the original series.