(Spring 1948)

St. John, 1947 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
On-sale Date
1948-04-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Archer St. John
Editing
Tom Morrison (editor)

Issue Notes

First St. John issue. No interior ads in this issue. All 32 interior pages, as well as front and inside-front covers, are comics or comics-related text material.

With St. John came a company of actual Terrytoons animators, writers, and directors – including Tom Morrison, Connie Rasinski, Art Bartsch, Carlo Vinci, and Jim Tyer – to give the stories a completely different look and feel, from the Terry comics produced by Timely. A look more accurate to Terry concepts and character designs.

While this issue would largely present stories based (to varying degrees) on existing Mighty Mouse theatrical animated shorts, a well-defined continuity would soon be created for Mighty Mouse featuring regular friends (Mitzi Mouse, Professor Edam) and recurring foes (The Claw, Professor Ohm), leading to a solid series of adventure stories for the Mouse of Tomorrow.

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Third Series, Vol. 2, Part 2, No. 1, Periodicals, January-June 1948.

[Some Wheels Over the Rainbow] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse roller skates upon a rainbow.
Reprints
Keywords
doing-something-their-own-way; rainbow; roller skates; sheer joy; sky

The Hungry Mouse (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It was a worried Milton L. Mouse that paced up and down in his cramped living quarters between the wallboards.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Milton L. Mouse; Caesar the Cat
Synopsis
Milton L. Mouse and Caesar the Cat agree on a truce. Caesar circumvents the truce with trickery. Mighty Mouse comes to the rescue, signaled in a clever way by Milton.
Keywords
cat; mouse; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; trickery; truce; ulterior motives

Aladdin's Lamp (Table of Contents: 2)

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
One stormy night in the far, far east, a poor mouse named Aladdin seeks shelter in an old curio shop.
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Aladdin Mouse; genie; cat; other captive mice
Synopsis
A poor hungry mouse named Aladdin finds a magic lamp complete with genie. He lives well for a while, until a cat takes control of the lamp and the genie. But, when the genie-commanding cat demands that "every mouse in town" be brought to him, he didn't reckon on Mighty Mouse being among them.
Reprints
Keywords
Aladdin's Lamp; be-careful-what-you-wish-for; genie; heroics; magic; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal

Indexer Notes

While there is a 1947 Mighty Mouse theatrical animated short also titled "Aladdin's Lamp", this comic story is not an adaptation of that cartoon.

Adventure in Mexico (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
As our story opens, we find Mighty Mouse far from home on the way to answer an urgent call from an old friend.
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; old Mexican mouse with a cane; Sancho Lopez (toreador mouse); Maria (mouse); Maria's evil stepfather (mouse); stepfather's knife-wielding mouse-thugs; bulls; bullfighting fans (mice)
Synopsis
In Mexico, Mighty Mouse helps a noble toreador mouse win the hand of his intended bride, over the objections and treachery of the bride's evil stepfather.
Reprints
Keywords
bride; bullfighting; bulls; heroics; Mexico; partial cartoon adaptation; toreador; trickery

Indexer Notes

While not an actual adaptation or remake, this story incorporates elements of the 1946 Mighty Mouse theatrical animated short "Throwing the Bull", directed by the comic story's artist Connie Rasinski.

The Sheep Who Cried Wolf (Table of Contents: 4)

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
Let's see now... one... two...
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Duke (sheepdog); Baba (black sheep); wolf; other sheep
Synopsis
Baba the black sheep plays tricks on Duke the sheepdog and Mighty Mouse by crying "wolf!" So, who can't guess what happens next?
Reprints
Keywords
cartoon adaptation; crying-wolf; heroics; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; practical jokes; reused story; sheep; sheepdog; wolf

Indexer Notes

This story is a comic book adaptation of the 1947 Mighty Mouse theatrical animated short "Crying Wolf", directed by Connie Rasinski, but omitting certain elements of the cartoon for presumed brevity.

In the comic, Duke the sheepdog is drawn by Art Bartsch to look exactly like a gray-colored version of "Dimwit", Heckle and Jeckle's regular patsy. The dog in the cartoon is similarly drawn, but is colored tan.

Mighty Mouse in Storyland (Table of Contents: 5)

Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero] / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Connie Rasinski (signed as Connie Rasinski) (Also signed as "CR" on the last page)
Inks
Connie Rasinski (signed as Connie Rasinski) (Also signed as "CR" on the last page)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's been a long time since I visited Storyland.
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Grandma; Little Red Riding Hood; wolf (in Zoot suit); the Three Little Pigs
Synopsis
Visiting Storyland, a kingdom in the clouds, Mighty Mouse saves Little Red Riding Hood from the unwanted advances of a Zoot-suited wolf - by literally punching the wolf out of his Zoot suit. Now unhip and unclad, the wolf turns his attentions toward chasing the Three Little Pigs - but Mighty Mouse saves their bacon as well.
Reprints
Keywords
children's story characters; heroics; Little Red Riding Hood; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; partial cartoon adaptation; strange land; the Big Bad Wolf; the Three Little Pigs; Zoot suit

Indexer Notes

This story is signed twice by Connie Rasinski. His full name on the splash panel of page one, and his initials "CR" on the final panel of page six.

The portions of the story where the wolf is knocked out of his Zoot suit, loses his interest in Red Riding Hood, and turns his attentions to the Three Little Pigs (omitting a detour turn in a "Little Bo Peep sheep-trapping disguise" in between) are directly lifted from the 1945 Mighty Mouse theatrical short "Mighty Mouse and the Wolf".

Free! This Full-Color Art-Print of Mighty Mouse Suitable for Framing (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

St. John Publishing Co.; Terry-Toons Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

All the Gang Will Admire Your - Schwinn-Built Bicycle (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Schwinn / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Some Wheels Over the Rainbow]
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  2. 1. The Hungry Mouse
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  3. 2. Aladdin's Lamp
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  4. 3. Adventure in Mexico
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  5. 4. The Sheep Who Cried Wolf
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  6. 5. Mighty Mouse in Storyland
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  7. 6. Free! This Full-Color Art-Print of Mighty Mouse Suitable for Framing
    St. John Publishing Co.; Terry-Toons Comics
  8. 7. All the Gang Will Admire Your - Schwinn-Built Bicycle
    Schwinn
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