Flaming Carrot is a Super Hero
created by Bob Burden
. The character first appeared in Visions
#1 (1979), the yearly Atlanta Fantasy Fair publication. He made regular appearances there to 1987. Burden self-published the one-shot Flaming Carrot Comics
#1 (1981). But the real launch of the character took place when Dave Sims of Aardvark Vanaheim decided to hire Burden. Launching Flaming Carrot Comics
as a regular series. The series changed publishers a couple of times, running for a total of 31 issues (May, 1984- October, 1994).
During its run, Carrot also appeared in anthology titles, mini-series and a couple of crossovers, notably with Cerebus
and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
. Since Burden owns the character, any publisher doing business with the creator has access to him. Since 1994, reprints, mini-series, and crossovers have kept appearing. The Carrot's superhero group, the Mystery Men
, have at times appeared without their most famous member. And even had a film based on them.
Flaming Carrot has an origin similar to that of Don Quixote
. Alonso Quijano constantly read Chivalric Romances
. The habit drove him insane, giving him the delusion of being a vagrant knight. The Carrot, real name unknown, read 5,000 comics in a single sitting. The experience caused him brain damage and turn him into a superhero. Just like the protagonists of those comics. He went to acquire a costume, gadgets, and a distinctive mask. Depicting a giant carrot, extends from above his head to below his crotch. Perpetually on fire. He never seems to take it off.
The Carrot patrols Palookaville, a decaying section of Iron City. The City itself is described as a midwestern steel town that has seen better days. He works alongside Police Inspector Keene and the Mystery Men, other bizarre vigilantes. His speech patterns , a tendency to drop pronouns and articles when excited and often "going into long, rambling, stream-of-consciousness rants" tends to confound his opponents.