Fortune favors the bold! Plus his war cry taught a generation of comics readers a very useful word for Scrabble. Dark Horse Comics just announced that they will bring back Bob Burden’s Flaming Carrot Comics in a reasonably priced, and reasonably surreal, omnibus edition. I could not be happier to have it gathered in one place.
Why should you care? Aside from being chock full of madcap brilliance, the Flaming Carrot teamed up with both Death and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles before it was cool, and whether you knew it or not, has (sort of) been adapted to film — through the pages of this book, the Flaming Carrot joins his local league of heroes, the Mystery Men. Right before superheroes took over the cinema, Mystery Men appeared, starring Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, and Geoffrey Rush. Its timing wasn’t quite right, but that seems appropriate for that team.
This isn’t quite complete — likely due to rights complications, a couple of Flaming Carrot issues seem to be missing, and it looks like the Mystery Men spin-offs aren’t there. But regardless, you need this. I need this. The world needs the Flaming Carrot again.
Now how about the Flaming Carrot Big Little Book Bob Burden once promised?
From Dark Horse:
Hey kids! Check out a comic book series that in recent years, many comic book readers believed to have never existed – being nothing more than a ridiculous legend or an amusing joke.
But before there ever was a Deadpool, Twin Peaks, or Lady Gaga; the Flaming Carrot’s madcap madness, manic mayhem, and insolent mischief was delighting intellectuals, confounding critics, and amusing pets as one of the most iconic and seminal vanguards of the 80s’ New Wave comic revolution.
Now, out of print for years, Dark Horse Comics brings you Bob Burden’s 400-page Flaming Carrot Comics Omnibus, written and illustrated by Bob Burden, taking us right down the rabbit hole of creativity-gone-off-the-tracks and over the rainbow.
Propagating dreamlike surrealism, disturbing violence, sexual adventurism, bar-hopping, and a bizarre and nightmarish costume, the world’s first postmodern super-man battled Road Hogs From Outer Space, went on drinking binges with Death, teamed up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to save the “Umpire State Building”, bounced around on a nuclear powered pogo stick, and ordered some of that new Brussels sprout flavored ice cream that wasn’t even on the menu yet.
Now, when the industry needs it the most: The world’s first surrealist super hero comic returns! The pied piper of fun! The poor man’s H-Bomb! The one-man Mardis Gras! The further adventures of the strangest man alive! Fresh as cracked wheat! Doctor recommended. Maximum strength formula. New hope for a nation suffocating in the swill of its own mediocrity!
Flaming Carrot Comics Omnibus goes on sale September 18, 2019, and is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop. This whopping 416-page paperback volume will collect Flaming Carrot #1-2, 4-11, 25-27 and will retail for $24.99.