One year ago:
The recently paroled Fat Kat paced back and forth in his office in downtown Los Antelopes. He had just gotten out of the big house after two years in prison, and if it hadn’t been for his lawyers discreetly bribing the parole board, he wouldn’t have even gotten out on parole.
What he was thinking about now, however, was some way to get back at the Zoo Crew, the ones who had put him away and who later even made that infernal Little Cheese one of their members. (*) The trouble was, how could he do it? He couldn’t have anybody from his gang do the hit, since that could easily be traced back to him, and he’d immediately be thrown back in prison. Besides, the Zoo Crew was incredibly hard to kill, as all of that team’s enemies could testify.
[(*) Editor’s note: See “Of Mice and Menace,” Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #12 (February, 1983) and “The Naked Ape,” Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #20 (November, 1983).]
Still, he reasoned, the Zoo Crew had made its share of rather powerful enemies. Surely there must be a few rather greedy, independent super-animals who wouldn’t ask questions, wouldn’t connect anything back to him if they were caught, and wouldn’t be afraid of taking a crack at the Zoo Crew. He just needed to offer the right price.
Bingo. Fat Kat would use a series of dummy companies so that the money he would spend would be less likely to be traced back to him. It might take a while to make all of the necessary preparations, but he could afford to wait. After all, if the contract wasn’t put out until more than a year after his parole, nobody would make the connection.
After he set up enough dummy companies, he would then secretly put an open kill contract out on the Zoo Crew — one billion dollars for each member of the Zoo Crew killed, and a two-billion-dollar bonus to any super-hit-animal who could somehow manage to bump off all seven Zoo Crewers, as well any new members that might join the team by then. With that thought in mind, Fat Kat knew he had preparations to make.