|First appearance||Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew |
#12 (February 1983)
|Created by||Roy Thomas |
|Alter ego||Benjamin Crow|
|Team affiliations||The Zoo Crew|
|Notable aliases||The Micro-Mouse|
Ability to shrink to near-microscopic size at will, while retaining his full size strength
Little Cheese (real name Chester Cheese alias "Benjamin Crow") is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, an anthropomorphic mouse. Chester Cheese is a superhero who lives on the otherdimensional world of Earth-C, an alternate Earth populated by sentient animals. His first appearance was in Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #12 (February 1983).
Fictional character biography
Chester Cheese was the son of Dr. Edam Cheese, who was conducting research on the "Lunar Longhorn," a type of cheese found on the moon by astronauts. Upon returning home one evening, Chester found his father murdered, with the killer locking him in his father's lab. Unable to escape and growing hungry, Chester decided to eat the Lunar Longhorn, the only edible thing available in the lab. The extraterrestrial cheese gave Chester the power to shrink in size at will. Chester thus went into training to become a superhero, and became "Little Cheese." Chester soon joined the Zoo Crew in bringing his father's killer to justice, and was rewarded membership with the group.
In Teen Titans #30-31 (December 2005-January 2006), Little Cheese is mentioned in a series of pages purporting to be a Zoo Crew comic published in the mainstream DC Universe, and follows the adventures of the Zoo Crew teammates in a grimmer, darker version of Earth-C, parodying the recent trend toward "grim and gritty" superhero comics. In these pages, Little Cheese is killed at the hands of Alley-Kat-Abra out of interspecies hatred.
In Captain Carrot and the Final Ark, Alley returns, revealing that her crimes were actually committed by an evil doppelganger named "Dark Alley," created by Feline Faust while she herself was banished into the future. As such, she is horrified at her double's crimes, including Little Cheese's murder, and vows to undo them as best she can.
Powers and abilities
Little Cheese possesses the ability to shrink to near-microscopic size at will, similar to that of the Silver Age Atom.
The character was originally going to be called Big Cheese with the ability to become a giant at will, much like the Legion of Super-Heroes' Colossal Boy.
In other media
On Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Little Cheese appeared on a bottle of squeezable cheese in the episode "A Bat Divided."
Little Cheese appears in the segment, "Funeral in Earth-C", in Robot Chicken DC Comics Special voiced by Seth Green, where Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern attend Captain Carrot's funeral, but Green Lantern can't keep from cracking up due to the Zoo Crew looking like talking cartoon animals. Green Lantern then leaves, where Little Cheese tells Superman that his friend was very inappropriate, causing Superman to apologize to him, but Batman starts laughing at Little Cheese's name.