(October-December 1959)

Dell, 1959 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
On-sale Date
1959-10
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
Dell
Editing
?
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Silver Age U. S.
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

First Dell Issue. Has a duplicate issue number (144) with the previous publisher, Pines.

Keywords
change in publisher; duplicate issue number

[Not the Way He Plane-d It?] (Table of Contents)

Mighty Mouse / cover / 1 page (report information)

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Inks
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Colors
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Letters
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Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; cat pilot
Synopsis
A flying Mighty Mouse plows through a cat’s plane. His expression makes it look unintentional.
Keywords
accident; airplane; cat; flying; speed

Indexer Notes

On prior covers with similarly themed gags, this would have been a purposeful act on the part of Mighty Mouse to disable the cat’s plane. Here, however, he looks almost as surprised as the cat.

The Mighty Model (Table of Contents: 1)

Mighty Mouse / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Paul S. Newman
Pencils
Dan Gormley
Inks
Dan Gormley
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gee, Mike, I’m flattered that a famous sculptor like you sent for me!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse, Mike Angelo (sculptor)
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse works with a famous sculptor - just not the way he hoped.
Keywords
sculptor; statue; wrong impression

Indexer Notes

Black and white on inside front cover. Newman and Gormley credits for all interior stories are from the book “American Funny Animal Comics in the 20th Century Volume Two” by Alberto Becattini (2019), page 15.

The Cheese Map (Table of Contents: 2)

Mighty Mouse / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Paul S. Newman
Pencils
Dan Gormley
Inks
Dan Gormley
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Run! That boulder is rolling right through Mouseville!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; various citizens of Mouseville (mice); Hep Cat; two henchmen-cats
Synopsis
A map is discovered leading to the vast stolen cheese cache of legendary cheese thief “Limburger Lou”. Even Mighty Mouse succumbs to curiosity regarding this fabled stash, and leads a bunch of mice from Mouseville in search of it. In reality, the treasure trail is a grueling test of strength and endurance designed to deplete Mighty Mouse’s powers, and allow Hep Cat to pick Mouseville clean of its citizens.
Keywords
cheese; map; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; ruse; trap

Indexer Notes

“Hep Cat” is drawn with the same character design as Mighty Mouse’s recurring nemesis “The Claw”, from the prior St. John comic book series – only “Hep Cat” had black fur, while The Claw” had brown.

An Ill Wind (Table of Contents: 3)

Heckle and Jeckle / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Paul S. Newman
Pencils
Dan Gormley
Inks
Dan Gormley
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Get it!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; various characters waearing hats
Synopsis
Heckle and Jeckle find a way to make retrieving windblown hats for a reward into a going concern.
Reprints
Keywords
enterprise; hats; ingenuity; reward; wind

Double Trouble (Table of Contents: 4)

Mighty Mouse / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Paul S. Newman
Pencils
Dan Gormley
Inks
Dan Gormley
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
As mayor of Mouseville, I have the honor to pull the lever that will open our new dam!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; mayor of Mouseville; various citizens of Mouseville (mice); Shifty (a cat); two henchmen-cats
Synopsis
Shifty devises a two-pronged attack, unleashing a cat-raid on one end of Mouseville and blowing up the dam at the other end, forcing Mighty Mouse to be in two places at once.
Keywords
dam; diversion; flood; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal

Indexer Notes

Not to be confused with a story of the same name originating in Terry-Toons Comics (St. John, 1947 Series) #70 October 1948 and two subsequent St. John reprints.

The Salesman (Table of Contents: 5)

Heckle and Jeckle / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
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Inks
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Colors
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Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
“What a mess,” said Dimwit the dog as he surveyed the interior of his house.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; Dimwit
Synopsis
Selling cleaning implements door-to-door, Heckle and Jeckle pay a call on Dimwit.
Keywords
floor polisher; free-demonstration; outsmarting one’s-self; salesmen; vacuum cleaner

The Bowling Alley (Table of Contents: 6)

Heckle and Jeckle / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Paul S. Newman
Pencils
Dan Gormley
Inks
Dan Gormley
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
And stay out!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; old landlord; new landlord
Synopsis
Heckle and Jeckle rent a cheap room, only to discover that it’s directly over a bowling alley. They can’t sleep, and they’re not about to take this lying down.
Reprints
Keywords
bowling; buyer beware; need-for-peace-and-quiet; room-for-rent; sleep problems; unwelcome surprise; wreaking havoc

An Unlucky Friend (Table of Contents: 7)

Mighty Mouse / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Paul S. Newman
Pencils
Dan Gormley
Inks
Dan Gormley
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hurry! Get inside!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Calamity Charlie (intro); various citizens of Mouseville (mice); Mitzi Mouse; bull
Synopsis
Calamity Charlie, a dour mouse clad in undertaker’s garb, comes to Mouseville. The citizens are afraid because wherever Calamity Charlie goes, something awful happens. Mighty Mouse secretly uses his super powers in an effort to dispel the bad-luck myth that follows Charlie.
Keywords
bad-luck; bridge; bull; fear; flower pot; high-voltage lines; picnic; rolling boulder; superstition

Fragile Glassware (Table of Contents: 8)

Mighty Mouse / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Paul S. Newman
Pencils
Dan Gormley
Inks
Dan Gormley
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Phew!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; glassware salesman
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse's inadvertent mighty-slam of a china shop door sends all the breakable merchandise flying. Can he catch the cups, save the stemware, and protect the plates?
Keywords
breakables; china shop; door slamming; unintended slapstick consequences

Indexer Notes

Story has only one spoken word (“Phew!”), more a “sigh of relief” than actual dialogue. Otherwise this is a pantomime story. Black and white on inside back cover.

More Boys and Girls Ride Schwinn Than Any Other Bike! (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Schwinn / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Not the Way He Plane-d It?]
    Mighty Mouse
  2. 1. The Mighty Model
    Mighty Mouse
  3. 2. The Cheese Map
    Mighty Mouse
  4. 3. An Ill Wind
    Heckle and Jeckle
  5. 4. Double Trouble
    Mighty Mouse
  6. 5. The Salesman
    Heckle and Jeckle
  7. 6. The Bowling Alley
    Heckle and Jeckle
  8. 7. An Unlucky Friend
    Mighty Mouse
  9. 8. Fragile Glassware
    Mighty Mouse
  10. 9. More Boys and Girls Ride Schwinn Than Any Other Bike!
    Schwinn
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