(June 1949)

St. John, 1947 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bimonthly
On-sale Date
1949
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
St. John Publishing Co.
Editing
Tom Morrison (credited) (managing editor)

[Ex-SKIS Me, Please!] (Table of Contents)

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

Script
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Pencils
Art Bartsch (signed as Art Bartsch)
Inks
Art Bartsch (signed as Art Bartsch)
Colors
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Letters
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Heh, heh It won't be long now!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Pearl Pureheart; Oil Can Harry
Synopsis
Oil Can Harry pursues Pearl Pureheart on skis. Mighty Mouse pursues Oil Can Harry with a mallet.
Reprints
Keywords
anticipation; chase; mallet; skis; unwelcome surprise; winter setting

Take Pictures Day or Night (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

Duel or Snow Duel (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
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Pencils
Art Bartsch (signed as Art Bartsch)
Inks
Art Bartsch (signed as Art Bartsch)
Colors
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Letters
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
At the old trading post, we find Mighty Mouse in a duel to the finish with that snake in the grass, Oil Can Harry, as a violent storm rages outside --
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse The Perils of Pearl Pureheart [St. John Logo 1]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Pearl Pureheart; Oil Can Harry
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse and Oil Can Harry take their perpetual duel to the arctic, where Harry has frozen Pearl Pureheart in a block of ice, and Mighty Mouse is trapped by an extraordinary bolt of lightning.
Reprints
Keywords
arctic; bear; cartoon adaptation; dog-sled; duel; escalating events; helicopter; heroics; ice; ice-tongs; icicles; kayak; lightning bolt; seals; snow; snowshoes; storm; swords; waterfall; winter setting

Indexer Notes

Good Bit: While dueling with swords, Mighty Mouse slices-up Oil Can Harry like a stick of baloney - only to have the "Harry-slices" re-form into Harry himself, as the airborne slices fall one atop another.

This story is a comics adaptation of the 1949 Terrytoons theatrical animated short “A Cold Romance”, directed by Mannie Davis, but referring to Pearl Pureheart as "Little Nell". The "baloney-slicing" gag occurs twice in succession in the cartoon - but (suitably) only once in the comic. Information on "A Cold Romance" supplied by Merlin Haas, 2020.

The Wolf's Pardon (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 5.5 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the main office of the Storyland Penitentiary a famous villain is receiving his release after being a guest of the warden for the last ten years ---
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Big Bad Wolf; Storyland Penitentiary warden; Three Little Pigs; Little Red Riding Hood; two rams
Synopsis
Released from prison after ten years, the Big Bad Wolf finds that "life on the outside" ain't what it used to be.
Reprints
Keywords
best-laid-plans; cartoon adaptation; children's story parody; parole; prison; reversal of fortunes; wolf

Indexer Notes

This story is an adaptation of the 1947 Terrytoons theatrical animated short of the same name, though the last page-and-a-half offers a different ending than does the cartoon.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

St. John Publishing Co.; A Treasury of Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Shamus the Leprechaun (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
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Pencils
Jim Tyer
Inks
Jim Tyer
Colors
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Letters
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Did you ever wonder about the leprechauns, fantastic little men of the Emerald Isle?
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; various animal citizens of Irish woodland village; No Good Bear
Synopsis
Shamus the Leprechaun watches over all the animal citizens of an Irish woodland village, planting lucky shamrocks, making shoes, and doing good deeds. No Good Bear, a practitioner of evil magic, transforms himself into a giant bear, and terrorizes the village.
Reprints
Keywords
bear; creator references; forest setting; giant; Ireland; leprechaun; meta humor; wreaking havoc

Indexer Notes

Meta Moments: The names “Morrison” and “Donnelly” are on the list of persons the leprechaun is to help. References to Tom Morrison (Terrytoons writer, voice artist, director, and editor of this comic book) and Eddie Donnelly (Terrytoons animator and director). When No Good Bear strikes, the leprechaun is casually reading “Terry Toons” comics.

It's Here! It's New! It's Available Now! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

E-Z Industries / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Terror in the Tropics (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
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Pencils
Connie Rasinski (signed as CR)
Inks
Connie Rasinski (signed as CR)
Colors
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Letters
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Looking down upon the Earth far below, the Champion of Justice is attracted by smoke arising from a tiny island thousands of miles from civilization.
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Koana (next island mouse sacrifice); Black Mike (cat); Black Mike's nameless hench-cat; messenger mouse; island mouse chief; various island mice
Synopsis
On a tropical island populated by peaceful mice – and where cats are unknown – shipwrecked cats Black Mike and his unnamed henchman begin the hoax of “Kuloo The Powerful”, a mountaintop-god who demands a daily sacrificial mouse. This frightful ruse has worked for “many moons”, until the chance arrival of Mighty Mouse.
Reprints
Keywords
best-laid-plans; fear; heroics; hoax; island; mountain; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; sacrifice; sea or island setting

Indexer Notes

Though soft-pedaled in the dialogue, it is quite clear that Black Mike and his associate have consumed at least one sacrificed mouse per day, for some time. “Every day we get a tasty morsel without lifting a finger!”

The Time Machine (Table of Contents: 8)

Gandy Goose / text story / 2 pages (report information)

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Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Sourpuss was returning from a walk around Terrytown one sunny afternoon.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss; Mrs. Sourpuss
Synopsis
Gandy builds a time machine in his tool shed, in which he and Sourpuss leave 1949 to visit the future world of 1960 – where Sourpuss is confronted by his large, angry, and domineering future-wife who accuses him of “running out on [her].”
Keywords
1949; 1960; time machine; time travel; unwelcome surprise

Indexer Notes

An exceptional example of these normally mundane text stories. Gandy and Sourpuss are not instantaneously deposited in the year 1960, as often happens in such tales, but experience a rapidly-accelerating series of days and nights while traveling.

Enjoy Hilarious "Monkey-Shines" at Your Next Masquerade Party with These Amazing Life-like Rubber Masks (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Rubber-for-Molds, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The BEST costs you LESS at these Factory-To-You Savings (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Gaylark Products / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Boys! Girls! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

American Seed Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Ex-SKIS Me, Please!]
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  2. 1. Take Pictures Day or Night
    Martens-David Co.
  3. 2. Duel or Snow Duel
    Mighty Mouse The Perils of Pearl Pureheart
  4. 3. The Wolf's Pardon
  5. 4. ["First time ever! A collection of the 16 best comics of the year."]
    St. John Publishing Co.; A Treasury of Comics
  6. 5. Shamus the Leprechaun
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  7. 6. It's Here! It's New! It's Available Now!
    E-Z Industries
  8. 7. Terror in the Tropics
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  9. 8. The Time Machine
    Gandy Goose
  10. 9. Enjoy Hilarious "Monkey-Shines" at Your Next Masquerade Party with These Amazing Life-like Rubber Masks
    Rubber-for-Molds, Inc.
  11. 10. The BEST costs you LESS at these Factory-To-You Savings
    Gaylark Products
  12. 11. Boys! Girls!
    American Seed Co.
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