(September 1951)

St. John, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1951
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
St. John Publishing Co.
Editing
Tom Morrison (editor)

[The Tortoise and the Hare… and the Mouse] (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; tortoise; hare
Synopsis
In the classic race, Mighty Mouse helps the tortoise beat the hare.
Keywords
hare; race; tortoise

[Wrestling with a Problem] (Table of Contents: 1)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Eureka! I've discovered a new wrestling hold that'll make me unbeatable!
Feature Logo
Gandy Goose [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss
Synopsis
Gandy finds a way to escape Sourpuss’ unbeatable wrestling hold.
Keywords
bragging; know-it-all; unwelcome surprise; wrestling

Indexer Notes

Black and white on inside front cover.

A Battle Royal (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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Jim Tyer
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Jim Tyer
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Riot call – all cars – fire department – crash trucks!
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; mad scientist (death); cave-man creatures; Professor Timmins (museum curator); farmer; cow; various anthropormorphic police, fire fighters, and civilians
Synopsis
A goony mad scientist revives a series of fossilized caveman creatures, who go on a rampage. Mighty Mouse punches them back into chunks of stone, to be used to “pave all the main streets in town”.
Reprints
Keywords
caveman; heroics; mad scientist; science-out-of-control

Indexer Notes

Jim Tyer credit supplied to indexer by animation historian and author Thad Komorowski.

[Watch Fishing] (Table of Contents: 3)

Gandy Goose / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hello, Sourpuss, how do you like my new method of fishing?
Feature Logo
Gandy Goose [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss
Synopsis
Gandy confounds Sourpuss with a new fishing method.
Reprints
Keywords
club; doing-something-their-own-way; fishing; lump-on-head; watch

[Discount Mind Reading] (Table of Contents: 4)

Sourpuss [Terrytoons Cartoon Cat] / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
How much to read my mind?
Feature Logo
Sourpuss [St. John Logo]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss
Synopsis
Mind-reader Gandy offers Sourpuss a reduced rate.
Reprints
Keywords
crystal ball; mind-reading; sorry-you-asked

[Imperiled by Jungle Animals] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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Pencils
Jim Tyer
Inks
Jim Tyer
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
In our last episode, Pearl Pureheart had been rescued by Mighty Mouse after a terrific battle.
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; Trader Korn; various jungle animals; express company delivery man; wild cat cannibals
Synopsis
Oil Can Harry unleashes a pack of wild jungle animals on Mighty Mouse.
Reprints
Keywords
comic absurdity; heroics; jungle animals

Indexer Notes

Jim Tyer credit supplied to indexer by animation historian and author Thad Komorowski.

Much Ado About Nothing (Table of Contents: 6)

Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck] / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Golly, Mr. Rudy has certainly become superstitious!
Feature Logo
Dinky [Duck] [St. John logo without character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky (duck); Mr. Rudy (rooster); hens; hawk
Synopsis
Is Dinky a bad-luck duck? Mr. Rudy thinks so.
Reprints
Keywords
bad luck; barnyard; superstition; wrong impression

Indexer Notes

Dinky’s feathers are black in this story, to allow Mr. Rudy to make a connection between Dinky and the bad-luck of black cats, etc. In many other comic book stories, Dinky’s feathers are grey.

A Mouse in the House (Table of Contents: 7)

Farmer Gray / text story / 2 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
"Well," said the cat, yawning and stretching, "Since I have nothing else to do, I guess I'll just read the Farmer's Newspaper."
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Farmer Gray; Little Roquefort (mouse); Whiskers (cat)
Synopsis
Whiskers needs a mouse to keep his job as a mouse-catcher.
Reprints
Keywords
cat; farmer; mouse; newspaper want ad

Helping Mama (Table of Contents: 8)

Terry Bears / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
What's that, Mama?
Feature Logo
Terry Bears [St. John logo as "Weather Bears"]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Weather Bears (aka "The Terry Bears"); Mama; Papa
Synopsis
The little bears simultaneously help Mama, and injure Papa.
Keywords
best of intentions; plaster; pratfall; rope; scaffold

Indexer Notes

Early on, the characters that would be known as "The Terry Bears", were called "The Weather Bears".

The Candy Cottage (Table of Contents: 9)

Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero] / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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Connie Rasinski (signed as CR)
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Connie Rasinski (signed as CR)
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Once upon a time, in the days of witches and fairies, there lived a poor old woodchopper and his family.
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Hansel and Gretel-like mice; Papa and Mama mice; evil witch; broom-riding cats
Synopsis
The story of Hansel and Gretel with Mighty Mouse added to save the day.
Reprints
Keywords
broom; candy house; cannon; cat; fairy tale; Hansel and Gretel; heroics; magic axe; stew pot; vacuum cleaner; witch

Indexer Notes

Initials "CR" on last page, indicating artist Connie Rasinski. While the other two Mighty Mouse stories in this issue are off-the-wall-crazy, as one might expect from Jim Tyer, this story plays the Hansel and Gretel narrative fairly straight, as opposed to the type of “fairy tale parody” often found in cartoons and comics.

The Moose Call (Table of Contents: 10)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Look, chum, I found a whistle but it doesn’t work.
Feature Logo
Heckle and Jeckle [St. John Logo without characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; Dimwit
Synopsis
Heckle and Jeckle pawn a worthless silent whistle off on Dimwit as a moose call.
Keywords
buyer beware; con-job; whistle

Indexer Notes

Black and white on inside back cover.

All Three Only $1.00 (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Martin Industries / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [The Tortoise and the Hare… and the Mouse]
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  2. 1. [Wrestling with a Problem]
    Gandy Goose
  3. 2. A Battle Royal
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  4. 3. [Watch Fishing]
    Gandy Goose
  5. 4. [Discount Mind Reading]
    Sourpuss [Terrytoons Cartoon Cat]
  6. 5. [Imperiled by Jungle Animals]
    Mighty Mouse The Perils of Pearl Pureheart
  7. 6. Much Ado About Nothing
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  8. 7. A Mouse in the House
    Farmer Gray
  9. 8. Helping Mama
    Terry Bears
  10. 9. The Candy Cottage
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  11. 10. The Moose Call
    Heckle and Jeckle
  12. 11. All Three Only $1.00
    Martin Industries
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