(August 1954)

St. John, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1954
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.

[Four-Leaf Clover Luck is a Lotta Bull] (Table of Contents)

Dimwit [Terrytoons Cartoon Dog] / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
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Colors
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Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dimwit; bull; Mighty Mouse (inset); Heckle and Jeckle (inset); Gandy Goose (inset)
Synopsis
Dimwit is delighted to find a four-leaf clover, unaware that an angry bull is charging at him.
Keywords
bull; four-leaf clover luck; inattentiveness

Indexer Notes

New cover for an issue of reprints.

Why Just Wish for the Things You Want? (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Wallace Brown, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Repelling Ray (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Has the jury reached a verdict?
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; The Claw; Professor Ohm; Terrytown judge; Terrytown jury (mice); cat defense attorney; various court spectators (mice); Terrytown court bailiff (large mouse); Terrytown chief of police; various Terrytown police (mice); Mitzi Mouse (one panel cameo); various citizens of Terrytown (mice); various members of The Claw Gang
Synopsis
The Claw is convicted by a Terrytown jury and sentenced to life imprisonment, but is broken out of prison by Professor Ohm and his repelling ray machine.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

court; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; prison; prison break; ray machine; sentencing

The Overly-Convincing Hiccup Cure (Table of Contents: 3)

Dimwit [Terrytoons Cartoon Dog] / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hic -- Do you fellows -- hic -- know how to cure hiccups? Huh? Hic!
Feature Logo
Dimwit [St. John Logo 1]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; Dimwit; cop
Synopsis
Heckle and Jeckle do too good a job of scaring Dimwit out of the hiccups.
Reprints
Keywords
best of intentions; cure; getting carried away; hiccups; scare; unintended consequences

Rudy's Spectacles (Table of Contents: 4)

Rudy Rooster / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
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Letters
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
He looks so intelligent in glasses.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Rudy Rooster; college professor; optometrist; eyeglass store saleswoman; Elmer (duck); other unnamed duck
Synopsis
Rudy decides to get a pair of eyeglasses, so that he might look intelligent.
Reprints
Keywords
eyeglasses; wrong impression

Moving Day (Table of Contents: 5)

Sourpuss [Terrytoons Cartoon Cat] / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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Letters
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Get out and stay out!
Feature Logo
Sourpuss [St. John Logo]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Sourpuss; Gandy Goose; Susie (Sourpuss' girl); Susie's dad
Synopsis
Susie's dad berates Sourpuss for not having a job. Sourpuss gets a job with the "McNutt Moving Co.", and his first job is to move Susie and her dad out of their house.
Reprints
Keywords
dishes; moving day; moving van; new job; piano; wreaking havoc

Dimwit Improves Himself (Table of Contents: 6)

Heckle and Jeckle / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
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Pencils
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Inks
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
"We've got to get our finances straightened out right away!" said Jeckle to Heckle as they sat in their little living room.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; Dimwit
Synopsis
Heckle and Jeckle condition Dimwit for a job as a joke-tester at the Zenith Novelty Company, by subjecting him to a series of gags such as squirting flowers and exploding cigars.
Reprints
Keywords
coloring oddity; gags; new job; novelties

Indexer Notes

The original printing of this two-page text story was spread over the front and back inside covers. This reprint is repositioned to pages 3 and 4 of the issue’s centerfold. Despite being on interior pages, the single illustration remains in black-and-white as if it were on an inside cover.

Don't Lose Your Temper (Table of Contents: 7)

Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck] / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
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Pencils
Jim Tyer
Inks
Jim Tyer
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Confound it! I'm tired of listening to those babbling hens.
Feature Logo
Dinky [Duck] [St. John logo without character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; Rudy Rooster; hens; fox
Synopsis
Rudy replaces his flock of incessantly-cackling hens with a "robot chicken".
Reprints
Keywords
eggs; hens; robot chicken; unintended slapstick consequences

Indexer Notes

Oddly, the fox in this story is not a predator but an innocent and unwitting customer of Rudy's "robot chicken eggs".

Sourpuss Fells a Tree (Table of Contents: 8)

Sourpuss [Terrytoons Cartoon Cat] / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oh, Gandy, will you come here please?
Feature Logo
Sourpuss [St. John Logo]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Sourpuss; Gandy Goose; Kitty
Synopsis
Sourpuss shows Gandy how to properly chop down a tree so that it falls without causing any damage. Sure he does.
Reprints
Keywords
chopping; know-it-all; tree; unintended consequences

A Thousand and One Plights (Table of Contents: 9)

Heckle and Jeckle / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
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Pencils
Jim Tyer (signed)
Inks
Jim Tyer (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
I've got an idea that will make us rich.
Feature Logo
Heckle and Jeckle [St. John Logo without characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; Dimwit; lady hippo; parade of gullible victims; Officer Reilly; judge; various other police; Spud (bank robber); second unnamed bank robber; genie
Synopsis
Heckle and Jeckle literally stuff and cram Dimwit into a small bottle one quarter of his size to perpetrate a "genie scam" on the cops who look to shut down the magpies' phony fortune-telling business. When Dimwit is finally released from his impossibly small container, he becomes the not-so-mystic servant of Officer Reilly, in another wild outing aptly illustrated by Tyer.
Reprints
Keywords
bottle; comic absurdity; fortune-telling; genie; get-rich-quick; scam; series of mishaps; wrong impression

Indexer Notes

A rare, if not singular, instance of Jim Tyer signing his comic book work. Tyer's signature appears in a box at the lower right of the final panel, that would normally contain the words "The End".

Tyer Touch: In a panic the two bank robbers actually climb one of the panel gutters, clutching the gutter on both sides as if it were a fireman's pole.

Muscle Biscuit (Table of Contents: 10)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Step up, chum, and try Dr. Jeckle's Muscle Building Biscuit only a dollar.
Feature Logo
Heckle and Jeckle [St. John Logo without characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; Dimwit
Synopsis
Heckle and Jeckle sell Dimwit a phony "Muscle Building Biscuit" only to be convinced that it really works.
Reprints
Keywords
buyer beware; muscle-building; scam; wrong impression

New! 1954 "Space Commander" Vibro-Matic Walkie-Talkies (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Consumers Mart / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Men-Women-Boys-Girls Prizes Given (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

The FUNman / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Four-Leaf Clover Luck is a Lotta Bull]
    Dimwit [Terrytoons Cartoon Dog]
  2. 1. Why Just Wish for the Things You Want?
    Wallace Brown, Inc.
  3. 2. The Repelling Ray
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  4. 3. The Overly-Convincing Hiccup Cure
    Dimwit [Terrytoons Cartoon Dog]
  5. 4. Rudy's Spectacles
    Rudy Rooster
  6. 5. Moving Day
    Sourpuss [Terrytoons Cartoon Cat]
  7. 6. Dimwit Improves Himself
    Heckle and Jeckle
  8. 7. Don't Lose Your Temper
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  9. 8. Sourpuss Fells a Tree
    Sourpuss [Terrytoons Cartoon Cat]
  10. 9. A Thousand and One Plights
    Heckle and Jeckle
  11. 10. Muscle Biscuit
    Heckle and Jeckle
  12. 11. New! 1954 "Space Commander" Vibro-Matic Walkie-Talkies
    Consumers Mart
  13. 12. Men-Women-Boys-Girls Prizes Given
    The FUNman
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