(March 1951)

St. John, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1951
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
St. John Publishing Co.
Editing
Tom Morrison (editor)

Issue Notes

52-page version. A 36-page version also exists.

[Dinky's Matinee Idolizing] (Table of Contents)

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

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Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Dinky Duck; Pearl Pureheart; Dimwit; Heckle; Jeckle; Oil Can Harry
Synopsis
Dinky Duck tries to emulate a "movie theatre stand-up" of Mighty Mouse.
Keywords
character stand-up; happiness; hero worship; movie theatre; ticket line

Indexer Notes

Mighty Mouse himself doesn't actually appear on this cover, but is represented by the "movie theatre stand-up". Nevertheless, he still "steals" the cover image.

No Joking Allowed (Table of Contents: 1)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Get out! You've served your sentence - let's not have any trouble again!
Feature Logo
Heckle and Jeckle [St. John Logo without characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; police chief
Synopsis
After bring released from jail, Heckle and Jeckle's first action is to play a practical joke on the police chief - making it a very short stay on the outside.
Keywords
caught-in-the-act; jail; practical jokes; unwelcome surprise

Indexer Notes

Black and white on inside front cover.

Was It a Dream? (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
Jeepers, Mom, that was the best birthday party a feller ever had!
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; little boy mouse; two hungry cats; Jack; beanstalk-cloud giant; "The Hen that Laid the Golden Eggs"
Synopsis
A little mouse boy receives many presents for his birthday, but his favorite is a stuffed doll of his hero Mighty Mouse. Once asleep after a happy day, two hungry cats come through the boy’s bedroom window, intending to take the little mouse for their dinner. He is rescued by the Mighty Mouse rag-doll come to life… or was he? Also, did he really come along to watch as Mighty Mouse saves Jack (of "Beanstalk" fame) from the giant? Only Mighty Mouse knows for sure... or does he?
Keywords
birthday; castle; cats; dreams; fairy tale; giant; heroics; mice; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; present; rag-doll; sleep

Indexer Notes

A heartwarming story, with a nice little open question at the end.

Bee Ware Bear Bee Ware (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Boy - oh, boy - there's nothing like a vacation in the country - I'll sure enjoy a good rest for a change!
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; many bees with spears; Queen Bee; Old Honey Bear
Synopsis
Old Honey Bear, a huge grizzly with an equally huge candy-striped sweet tooth, regularly raids the bees' stores of honey - until Mighty Mouse intervenes.
Keywords
bear; bee-hive; bees; heroics; honey; honeycombs; nectar; pollen; raider

The Power of Suggestion (Table of Contents: 4)

Gandy Goose / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
And for my final demonstration I shall require the assistance of an individual of an unusual type of mentality!
Feature Logo
Gandy Goose [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss; stage hypnotist; audience members; motorist with flat tire; theatrical agent; theatrical agent's assistants; police chief; police officers
Synopsis
Inspired by a stage show hypnotist, Sourpuss studies the craft and hypnotizes Gandy into becoming a strong-man. He then looks to exploit the goose into performing a series of theatrical gigs.
Keywords
getting carried away; hypnosis

Happy is the Home ---? (Table of Contents: 5)

Terry Bears / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Yes, sir, every parent should have one of these books - no home is complete without one - raise children the scientific way.
Feature Logo
Terry Bears [St. John logo as "Weather Bears"]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Terry Bears; Papa; book salesman (fox)
Synopsis
Papa buys a book on "How to Raise Children", and is sorry he did.
Keywords
best of intentions; book; leave-well-enough-alone; parenting; title or logo modification

Indexer Notes

References the permissive approach to child raising that was prevalent in the 1950s.

Early comic book appearances of the Terry Bears briefly had the characters billed as "Weather Bears".

Rudy Eavesdrops (Table of Contents: 6)

Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck] / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here comes Dinky and his girl friend.
Feature Logo
Dinky [Duck] [St. John logo without character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; Rudy Rooster; Dotty Duck
Synopsis
Rudy hides in a barrel to eavesdrop on Dinky and Dotty. He shouldn't have.
Reprints
Keywords
barrel; best-laid-plans; eavesdropping; unintended slapstick consequences; unwelcome surprise

The Retriever (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hi, Gandy!
Feature Logo
Gandy Goose [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss; dog; cop
Synopsis
Sourpuss puts Gandy's retriever dog to the test.
Reprints
Keywords
dog; fetching the stick; unwelcome surprise

Shrewd Sourpuss (Table of Contents: 8)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
"Are you coming to help me carry home the groceries?" asked Gandy as he opened the door, about to leave for the store.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss; four beaver kids; Tootsie La Goo; Butch (bulldog)
Synopsis
Sourpuss ropes Gandy into his new "Baby Sitting and Escort Service", with Gandy sitting the wild kids, and Sourpuss claiming the tough duty of escorting pretty women.
Keywords
baby sitting; business; escort service; get-rich-quick

[Harry's Indian Wars!] (Table of Contents: 9)

Mighty Mouse The Perils of Pearl Pureheart / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
In our last episode, we left our heroine in the clutches of Oil Can Harry.
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; lots of Indians
Synopsis
Oil Can Harry recruits an incredible number of warlike Indians to subdue Mighty Mouse. To do so, he travels from his western mountain lair all the way to New York City to send smoke signals from the top of the Empire State Building. When the warriors show up in New York, Harry leads them all the way back west for the battle. The braves bring tanks, cannon, airplanes, and even carry a full-size battleship across land for the attack. Just in case that's not enough, Harry's back-up plan involves a shrinking machine that reduces Mighty Mouse to such a size that he can be tied to a pork chop.
Keywords
comic absurdity; melodrama; Native Americans; war

Indexer Notes

A masterpiece of comic-book absurdity by Jim Tyer, despite the dated Native American caricatures.

Sticky Fingers (Table of Contents: 10)

Little Roquefort / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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Ah - a firecracker - There'll be no mice left in this house as soon as I light this.
Feature Logo
Little Roquefort [St. John logo without "Little"]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Little Roquefort; Percy Puss
Synopsis
Percy grabs a firecracker to use against Roquefort, but finds he can not let it loose from his hand.
Keywords
cat; firecracker; mouse

Indexer Notes

Top half of page.

Statement of The Ownership, Management and Circulation (Table of Contents: 11)

statement of ownership / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Richard E. Decker (business manager)
Letters
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Keywords
government reporting; regulations

Indexer Notes

Statement of Ownership for October 1, 1950. No circulation figures appear as part of this report. Lower half of page.

Insect Paste (Table of Contents: 12)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
What have you got there, Chum?
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Heckle and Jeckle [St. John Logo without characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; Dimwit
Synopsis
Dimwit invents an insect repellant, using his own unique logic.
Keywords
bees; buyer beware; doing-something-their-own-way; invention; sorry-you-asked

Indexer Notes

On final interior page of the comic.

A Tall Story (Table of Contents: 13)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Say, this is interesting.
Feature Logo
Gandy Goose [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss
Synopsis
Sourpuss scoffs when Gandy considers buying a pair of elevator shoes.
Keywords
elevator shoes; size differential

Indexer Notes

Black and white on inside back cover.

Wanted Boys & Girls to Get These Swell Prizes (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

American Seed Company, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Dinky's Matinee Idolizing]
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  2. 1. No Joking Allowed
    Heckle and Jeckle
  3. 2. Was It a Dream?
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  4. 3. Bee Ware Bear Bee Ware
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  5. 4. The Power of Suggestion
    Gandy Goose
  6. 5. Happy is the Home ---?
    Terry Bears
  7. 6. Rudy Eavesdrops
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  8. 7. The Retriever
    Gandy Goose
  9. 8. Shrewd Sourpuss
    Gandy Goose
  10. 9. [Harry's Indian Wars!]
    Mighty Mouse The Perils of Pearl Pureheart
  11. 10. Sticky Fingers
    Little Roquefort
  12. 11. Statement of The Ownership, Management and Circulation
  13. 12. Insect Paste
    Heckle and Jeckle
  14. 13. A Tall Story
    Gandy Goose
  15. 14. Wanted Boys & Girls to Get These Swell Prizes
    American Seed Company, Inc.
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