(October 1947)

St. John, 1947 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1947
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Archer St. John
Editing
Tom Morrison (editor)

Issue Notes

Second St. John issue of this title after 59 issues from Timely/Marvel.

No ads in this issue. All 36 pages are comics or comics-related text material.

[Taking a Little Off the Top] (Table of Contents)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
You look much better with your hair parted!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; cat
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse bends a cat's rifle backward, giving the cat's hair a "parting-shot".
Keywords
hair; parting; rifle; shot

Benny the Lazy Beaver (Table of Contents: 1)

Benny the Lazy Beaver / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Morrison; ?
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
TIM--BER!! Old Man Beaver's shout rang loud and clear through the forest.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Benny the Lazy Beaver; Old Man Beaver; Mrs. Blue Jay; Mr. Blue Jay; Fisheye Fox; Foulball Fox; Griswald Grizzly
Synopsis
Benny the Lazy Beaver isn't interested in gnawing-down trees and building dams like the other beavers. Instead, he is alternately lazy and overly artistic. Feeling that he'll never fit in with the other busy-beavers, Benny takes off for the Big City. He never gets there because, en-route, he encounters Fisheye and Foulball Fox, operators of a fur shop that specializes in beaver hats and coats.
Keywords
beavers; being-different; coats; dam; forest setting; foxes; fur; hats; learning one’s lesson; story-adapted-from-a-cartoon; there’s-no-place-like-home; trees

Indexer Notes

Begins on the inside front cover (page 1) and concludes on the inside back cover (page 2). One black and white illustration on page 1.

This is an expanded text adaptation of the 1947 Mighty Mouse theatrical cartoon "Lazy Little Beaver" - though, oddly, excluding Mighty Mouse, and having a wolf as the villainous furrier. Without Mighty Mouse to "save the day" in this text version, Benny must rely on his wits to escape the felonious fox furriers.

The cartoon was co-written by Tom Morrison (the editor of this comic), so this story was very likely adapted/written by him as well. The cartoon was directed by Connie Rasinski, who almost certainly contributed to the interior story art of this comic.

The Flying Disc (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'm going now, Professor. Are you sure you'll be all right alone?
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; The Claw; proto-version of Professor Edam; Joe (mouse lab assistant), various mouse citizens of Terrytown; cat fighter pilots
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse agrees to be the test pilot for an experimental saucer-like spacecraft intended to take the Terrytown mice off-Earth, and away from the cats forever. The Claw gets wind of this and leads a cat fighter-squadron to obliterate the spacecraft.
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Keywords
aerial battle; cats; fighter planes; heroics; mice; notable coloring modification; prototype of recurring character(s); space ship

Indexer Notes

A tall (for a mouse), lanky, bearded mouse character, referred to only as "The Professor", appears in this story. This would seem to be the prototype for the later, recurring mouse scientist Professor Edam. The Claw's fur is colored brown, rather than its usual gray.

Lunch for Bunny (Table of Contents: 3)

Heckle and Jeckle / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
I say old bean, it looks like that bunny is in a bit of trouble.
Feature Logo
Heckle and Jeckle [St. John Logo without characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; Bunny; Mrs. Bunny; three Bunny kids; Fido (bulldog)
Synopsis
With their trademark slapstick trickery, Heckle and Jeckle help a bunny get needed vegetables for his family from a vegetable garden guarded by a mean bulldog.
Keywords
angry bees; beehive; bulldog; bunnies; glue; heckling; magpies; mallet; scarecrow; shotgun; trickery; vegetables; wreaking havoc

Indexer Notes

The bunnies in this story are particularly cute, and the violence particularly cartoony.

Adventure in Arabia (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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Far away, in an ancient mystic land, the cruel leader of an outlaw gang, prepares to attack a peaceful little city.
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; The Great One (Arab-cat bandit leader); goony-eyed Arab-cat sorcerer; various Arab-cat bandits; Arab-mouse sultan; various Arab-mouse citizens and soldiers; Mitzi Mouse
Synopsis
The Great One, leader of a tribe of Arab-cat bandits, overruns a peaceful Arab-mouse city, collecting all the mice for a sumptuous celebratory meal. Before the celebration can begin, The Great One commands his goony-eyed sorcerer to deliver to him the most delectable, tender young mouse of all, which he will consume to mark his victory. The sorcerer's crystal ball reveals Mitzi, far away in Terrytown, to be that prized mouse - but not if Mighty Mouse has anything to say about it.
Keywords
bandits; cats; crystal ball; desert setting; far-off land; flying carpet; heroics; hypnotism; magic; mice; Middle East; notable coloring modification; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; sorcerer; walled city

Indexer Notes

This story shows an early St. John design of Mitzi with greyish fur, and long, flowing hair.

Open Season (Table of Contents: 5)

Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck] / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
A toast to our departing friend!
Feature Logo
Dinky [Duck] [St. John logo without character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck, Chesty; Dimwit; duck hunters; turtle; dog catcher
Synopsis
Chesty and Dimwit count down the minutes until duck season opens, and they can blast Dinky.
Keywords
best-laid-plans; duck; hunting; notable coloring modification; reversal of fortunes; uncharacteristic situation

Indexer Notes

Dinky is colored gray (as he occasionally is), as opposed to his usual black. He is also uncharacteristically cast as a duck-in-the-wild that can be hunted, vs. his usual situation as a barnyard duck.

The Secondhand Taxi (Table of Contents: 6)

Gandy Goose / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here's ten dollars, my good man. Keep the change.
Feature Logo
Gandy Goose [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss; two con-men; businessman in a hurry; De Soako Motor Car Co. representative
Synopsis
Gandy and Sourpuss are conned into buying an old broken-down taxicab.
Keywords
buyer beware; con; series of mishaps; suckers; taxicab

Indexer Notes

"De Soako" is a parody reference to the then-famous "DeSoto" automobile brand of the Chrysler Corporation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeSoto_(automobile)

[Gandy Drops His (Rear) Guard] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
What's going on here?
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss
Synopsis
Would-be prizefighter Gandy demonstrates his "perfect defense against any blow", which Sourpuss quickly counters ending yet another aspiration for Gandy.
Keywords
aspiration; defensive strategy; prizefighting; unwelcome surprise

Indexer Notes

Color story on back cover. Gandy brags of his defensive strategy "In this position even Joe Louis couldn't hurt me!" Sourpuss saves Joe Louis the trouble.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Taking a Little Off the Top]
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  2. 1. Benny the Lazy Beaver
    Benny the Lazy Beaver
  3. 2. The Flying Disc
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  4. 3. Lunch for Bunny
    Heckle and Jeckle
  5. 4. Adventure in Arabia
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  6. 5. Open Season
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  7. 6. The Secondhand Taxi
    Gandy Goose
  8. 7. [Gandy Drops His (Rear) Guard]
    Gandy Goose
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