(October 1955)

St. John, 1955 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly except June and July
On-sale Date
1955
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
St. John Publishing Corporation
Brand
St. John
Editing
Tom Morrison

Issue Notes

In addition to the publisher’s address, the indicia also lists an address for “Terrytoons, Inc.”, 38 Centre Ave., New Rochelle, N.Y.

[Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Knights] (Table of Contents)

Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero] / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; cat-knight-in-armor
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse "knocks the block off" a cat-knight, as if he were a "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robot" toy - or a fully opened PEZ dispenser.
Keywords
armor; horse; jousting; knight; lance; punch

Indexer Notes

New cover for an issue of reprints.

Flowers and Bees (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
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Letters
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
What kind of wallpaper did you get?
Feature Logo
Heckle and Jeckle [St. John Logo without characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; swarm of bees
Synopsis
Heckle and Jeckle's new flowery wallpaper attracts a swarm of bees.
Reprints
Keywords
bees; unexpected intrusion; wallpaper

Indexer Notes

Black and white on inside front cover.

Double Trouble (Table of Contents: 2)

Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero] / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Connie Rasinski (signed)
Inks
Connie Rasinski (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A black sedan streaks through the streets of Terrytown, its evil occupants in a desperate race with justice.
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; The Claw (villain); Muggsy (cat); various gangster cats; various Terrytown citizens (mice); various Terrytown police (mice); Terrytown police chief; Terrytown mayor; Mitzi Mouse
Synopsis
The Claw lets a look-alike substitute be arrested by the Terrytown police, lulling the city into a false sense of security, while the “real” Claw plots an all-out assault on Terrytown.
Reprints
Keywords
gangsters; heroics; imposter

Indexer Notes

In the final panel, some of the Terrytown citizens, grateful to Mighty Mouse, chant: “What a Mouse! What a Mouse!” – just as the narrator of the Mighty Mouse cartoons would often say!

Obey the Rules (Table of Contents: 3)

Gandy Goose / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Art Bartsch (signed as AB)
Inks
Art Bartsch (signed as AB)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Golly, Sourpuss, I don’t know how to thank you for taking me to the zoo!
Feature Logo
Gandy Goose [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss; alpine ibex
Synopsis
Sourpuss tells Gandy to “obey the rules”, while at the zoo. Gandy obeys… strictly.
Reprints
Keywords
alpine ibex; be-careful-what-you-wish-for; rules; zoo

Paul Terry's Cartoon Course! Lesson VI (Table of Contents: 4)

Paul Terry's Cartoon Course! / activity / 2 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Paul Terry]
Pencils
? [as Paul Terry]
Inks
? [as Paul Terry]
Colors
?
Letters
? [as Paul Terry]

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Funny human cartoon characters can be drawn in all sizes and shapes, but a few simple rules must be followed for certain results…
Genre
non-fiction
Characters
"Paul Terry" (unseen instructor)
Synopsis
"Paul Terry" (likely by means of a surrogate artist) teaches readers how to draw “funny human characters”, with examples of heads, bodies, and facial expressions.
Keywords
art lessons; cartooning; educational feature

Nothing Wrong (Table of Contents: 5)

Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck] / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Well Dinky, how was everything while I was on vacation?
Feature Logo
Dinky [Duck] [St. John logo without character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; Rudy Rooster; Matilda (hen)
Synopsis
Dinky reports on the state of the farm when Rudy returns from vacation.
Reprints
Keywords
bad news; best of intentions; escalating events; good news; sorry-you-asked; unwelcome surprise

The Watchdog (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Any dog could be just a dog.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Hector the watchdog; hunting dogs; fox; fox hunters
Synopsis
Hector the watchdog longs to be a hunting dog.
Reprints
Keywords
dogs; fox hunt; valuable lesson

House Painters (Table of Contents: 7)

Gandy Goose / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
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Pencils
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Inks
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Colors
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Letters
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
What’s the address of the house we’re supposed to paint?
Feature Logo
Gandy Goose [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss; Officer O’Toole (bulldog cop); house-painting competitor (pig); old lady
Synopsis
House painters Gandy and Sourpuss paint the wrong house.
Reprints
Keywords
best of intentions; house-painting; mix-up; traffic cop; wreaking havoc; wrong impression

Polio Precautions (Table of Contents: 8)

The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
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Pencils
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Inks
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Colors
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Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gamma Globulin – obtained from human blood – gives protection for a few weeks. However, it is in VERY SHORT SUPPLY. Meanwhile – when polio is around - follow these precautions.
Keywords
polio; precautions; public health; public service announcement

Indexer Notes

A little girl, something of a cross between Little Lulu and Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy, demonstrates the suggested precautions… “Don’t mix with new groups”, “Don’t get overtired”, “Don’t get chilled”… “But do keep clean”. Art is contained in four individual circular panels. Between pages 4 and 5 of previous story.

Beauty and the Beast (Table of Contents: 9)

Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero] / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Art Bartsch (signed as Art Bartsch)
Inks
Art Bartsch (signed as Art Bartsch)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It’s early morning in the forest and Miss Chubby Squirrel is about to rise…
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Miss Chubby Squirrel; Warren Wolf; Sammy Squirrel (not the MGM character from the “Wuff the Prairie Dog” comic feature)
Synopsis
A wolf uses the pretense of a beauty salon weight-loss program to get a weight-conscious squirrel into his clutches.
Reprints
Keywords
buyer beware; forest setting; heroics; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; spa; unwelcome surprise; weight

Indexer Notes

In this story, Mighty Mouse has a “brownish-gray coloring” rather than his usual black, and small, but noticeable, protruding “mouse front teeth”.

The Book Shop (Table of Contents: 10)

Little Roquefort / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
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Pencils
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Inks
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Colors
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Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Percy, may I borrow one of your books?
Feature Logo
Little Roquefort [St. John logo with character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Little Roquefort; Percy Puss
Synopsis
Little Roquefort puts a stack of books to good use.
Reprints
Keywords
alternative uses; books; ingenuity

[A Pie for Dimwit] (Table of Contents: 11)

Heckle and Jeckle / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
M-m-my favorite kind of food --
Feature Logo
Heckle and Jeckle [St. John Logo without characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; Dimwit
Synopsis
Dimwit makes the mistake of asking Heckle and Jeckle for some pie.
Reprints
Keywords
pie; pie-in-the-face

Indexer Notes

Top half of page. Black and white on inside back cover.

[That’s Knot Funny] (Table of Contents: 12)

Little Roquefort / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
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Inks
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Colors
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Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I wish I knew how to tie a good strong knot.
Feature Logo
Little Roquefort [St. John logo without character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Little Roquefort; Percy Puss
Synopsis
Percy shows Little Roquefort how to tie a strong knot.
Reprints
Keywords
cat; cheese; knot; mouse; rope; trickery

Indexer Notes

Lower half of page. Black and white on inside back cover.

Hurry!! Get a Cracker Jack Jingle Beanie (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Cracker Jack / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Knights]
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  2. 1. Flowers and Bees
    Heckle and Jeckle
  3. 2. Double Trouble
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  4. 3. Obey the Rules
    Gandy Goose
  5. 4. Paul Terry's Cartoon Course! Lesson VI
    Paul Terry's Cartoon Course!
  6. 5. Nothing Wrong
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  7. 6. The Watchdog
  8. 7. House Painters
    Gandy Goose
  9. 8. Polio Precautions
    The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis
  10. 9. Beauty and the Beast
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  11. 10. The Book Shop
    Little Roquefort
  12. 11. [A Pie for Dimwit]
    Heckle and Jeckle
  13. 12. [That’s Knot Funny]
    Little Roquefort
  14. 13. Hurry!! Get a Cracker Jack Jingle Beanie
    Cracker Jack
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