(December 1948)

St. John, 1947 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1948
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
St. John Publishing Co.
Editing
Tom Morrison

Issue Notes

In addition to the publisher’s address, the indicia also lists an address for “Terrytoons, Inc.”, 271 North Ave., New Rochelle, N.Y.

[Movie Startled!] (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 (on movie screen); crowd of panicked cats
Synopsis
The mere presence of Mighty Mouse on a movie theatre's big screen is enough to scare away an audience of suddenly panicked cats.
Keywords
fright; movie theatre; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; panic; reused gag

Indexer Notes

This cover gag is later reworked for the cover of Paul Terry’s Terrytoon Comics (St. John, 1951 series) #84 (January 1951), featuring Mighty Mouse on a television screen frightening off a hungry cat. The progression of Mighty Mouse from theatrical short subject to television staple is noted by these covers in tandem.

The Most Amazing Factory-To-You Introductory Offer Ever Made to Magazine Readers Not One… Not Two… But ALL 3 (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

M.P.K Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Perils of Pearl Pureheart (Table of Contents: 2)

Mighty Mouse; The Perils of Pearl Pureheart / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A new thrill-packed series of daffy adventures!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Pearl Pureheart; Oil Can Harry; Col. Pureheart; vicious vultures; East River crocodiles; various New York police (bulldogs)
Synopsis
In New York City, Oil Can Harry imperils Pearl Pureheart and her papa Col. Pureheart.
Reprints
Keywords
Brooklyn Bridge; cliffhangers; crocodiles; East River; escapes; fourth-wall-breaking; helicopter; melodrama; New York City; paddy wagon; perils; police; satire; skyscrapers; vultures

Indexer Notes

First installment of the wacky Mighty Mouse sub-series “The Perils of Pearl Pureheart”, patterned after the melodramatic cinematic “Perils of Pauline”. Though the series often sports “Episode Numbers” (sometimes ridiculously high episode numbers, at that), it is not a continued saga, but an issue-self-contained series of satirical perils and escapes, over many diverse settings and locales, that runs throughout the various Mighty Mouse comics published by St. John – including many reprints in later St. John issues. Unlike stories in the “regular” St. John Mighty Mouse continuity, which would feature Mitzi Mouse, The Claw, Professor Ohm, etc., this series utilizes Pearl Pureheart and Oil Can Harry, recurring characters from the series of Mighty Mouse theatrical animated shorts – and uses them to great humorous advantage.

A Strange Adventure (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This is the oddest invitation I've ever received.
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; palace guards of Mousetania; the Prince of Mousetania; Simple Simon; Humpty Dumpty; Little Boy Blue; Old King Cole; Cinderella; the Big Bad Wolf; various other fairy tale characters; many princess mice; Mighty Mouse's three night-shirted nephews
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse is invited to a Royal Ball by the wacky Prince of Mousetania, at his palace on the moon. Many characters from different fairy tales are present.
Reprints
Keywords
abounding oddities; castle; fairy tale characters; moon; strange land

Indexer Notes

The Prince of Mousetania and Cinderella appear as mice. All other storybook characters appear as their traditional selves.

The House Builders (Table of Contents: 4)

Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero] / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
One summer's day, three mice were walking through the woods just outside Terrytown.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Jack; Henry; Tom (three mice); Mighty Mouse
Synopsis
Three mice, Jack, Henry, and Tom, decide to build themselves a new house at the top of a high hill overlooking Terrytown. As the work-effort mounts, the mice begin to take increasingly ill-advised shortcuts to complete the job. A storm comes up and turns into a hurricane, showing the mice how unsafe and unstable their house really is. Mighty Mouse saves them from falling to their doom, trapped in their slipshod house - but refuses to help them "rebuild it properly", leaving the would-be builders to learn their own lesson.
Reprints
Keywords
builders; house; know-it-all; learning one’s lesson; shortcuts; storm

Barnyard Blitz (Table of Contents: 5)

Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero] / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Well, well - It looks like we're going to have a nice tender young chick for dinner.
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Rudy Rooster; baby chick; hens; two hungry vultures; pig; goat; rabbit; duck
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse saves would-be tough-guy Rudy Rooster's baby chick from two hungry vultures, but Rudy still gets-in a little bragging at the end
Reprints
Keywords
baby chick; braggart; heroics; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; rooster; Terry-Toons character crossover; vultures

Indexer Notes

Crossover with the Rudy Rooster character from the Dinky Duck feature.

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

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

Wings of Doom (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In answer to a frantic message from an old friend, the Champion of Justice descends on the camp of Igor, King of the Gypsies.
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Mitzi Mouse; Igor Mouse (King of the Gypsies); various Gypsy mice; elderly gypsy mouse; army of vampire bat-cats
Synopsis
The Gypsy Mouse camp's celebration of the Festival of the Full Moon is invaded by an army of vampire bat-cats.
Reprints
Keywords
cartoon adaptation; celebration; Gypsies; heroics; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; prediction of doom; reused story; vampire bat-cats

Indexer Notes

A reworking of the 1945 Mighty Mouse theatrical animated short “Gypsy Life”, but without the typical Terry-Toons “operatic stylings” and decidedly set in the St. John Mighty Mouse comic book continuity. For instance, MM’s comics girlfriend Mitzi appears in the story and the two face danger together whereas, in the cartoon, there’s an attractive female Gypsy mouse (that looks like Mitzi) but has no “regular” connection to our hero. Most likely, Tom Morrison wrote both the cartoon and its subsequent comic book version. Artist Connie Rasinski directed the cartoon as well as drew this comics adaptation. – Animation connection credit per Merlin Haas 2020-08-07.

The vampire bat-cats speak a strange variation of the English language, described thusly: "Note to Readers: To understand the mysterious Bat language, cross out 'EELZ' whenever it appears in a word. To write it, put 'EELZ' before each vowel." Example from the story: "EELZOUCH! MEELZY FEELZEET!" = "Ouch! My feet!".

Make Money with Your Own Juke Box Bank (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

American Merchandising Company / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

America’s Greatest Junior Typewriter Value! (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

American Merchandising Company / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Take Pictures Day or Night (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Martins-David Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Our Biggest Bulb Bargain (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Michigan Bulb Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Movie Startled!]
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  2. 1. The Most Amazing Factory-To-You Introductory Offer Ever Made to Magazine Readers Not One… Not Two… But ALL 3
    M.P.K Company
  3. 2. The Perils of Pearl Pureheart
    Mighty Mouse; The Perils of Pearl Pureheart
  4. 3. A Strange Adventure
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  5. 4. The House Builders
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  6. 5. Barnyard Blitz
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  7. 6. Free! This Full-Color Art-Print of Mighty Mouse Suitable for Framing
    St. John Publishing; Terry-Toons Comics
  8. 7. Wings of Doom
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  9. 8. Make Money with Your Own Juke Box Bank
    American Merchandising Company
  10. 9. America’s Greatest Junior Typewriter Value!
    American Merchandising Company
  11. 10. Take Pictures Day or Night
    Martins-David Co.
  12. 11. Our Biggest Bulb Bargain
    Michigan Bulb Company
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