(February 1953)

St. John, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
100
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1953
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
St. John Publishing Company
Brand
St. John
Editing
Tom Morrison (editor)

Issue Notes

Keywords
giant issue

[Mighty Mouse, the Giant Robot Router!] (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; giant robot; three captive mice
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse frees three captive mice from the clutches of a giant robot.
Keywords
giant robot; heroics

Indexer Notes

Illustrates the issue's lead story.

Musical Whirling Angel Chimes (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Illinois Merchandise Mart / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Adventure of the Steel Slaves (Table of Contents: 2)

Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero] / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
All right, Bradford, 3/1,000,000 of a degree more heat, reduce moisture by XYNR / # squared.
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo with Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Mitzi Mouse; Professor Edam; Bradford (cat spy); The Claw; Professor Ohm; Butch (big brawny cat); robot boxer; robot jet pilot; two robot guards; large robot army; two sailor cats; terrified mouse citizens; special emergency flying squad (winged robots)
Synopsis
Bradford, a cat spy working for Professor Edam steals the professor's discovery of "a new metal absolutely sensitive to radio-rays", and turns it over to The Claw and Professor Ohm. With it, the evil cats build a nearly-invincible, radio-controlled robot army. ..."Nearly-invincible", that is!
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Keywords
great discovery; heroics; metal; radio-control; robots; spy; wreaking havoc

Indexer Notes

When the story was later reprinted in a Gold Key Comic - Mighty Mouse (Western, 1964 Series) #162 (January 1965) - it was retitled "The Steel Slaves".

Krakatoa (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
The Fire God is awakening!
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; island natives (mice); witch doctor (mouse); missionary (mouse); missionary's daughter (mouse)
Synopsis
With the terrible volcano of Krakatoa ready to blow, a witch doctor leads his followers to revolt against a kindly missionary and sacrifice the missionary's daughter to a volcano god. Mighty Mouse will have none of that.
Reprints
Keywords
heroics; Krakatoa; missionary; panic; sacrifice; sea or island setting; superstition; volcano; witch doctor

Indexer Notes

This story is not a comic-book adaptation of the 1945 Mighty Mouse theatrical short "Mighty Mouse in Krakatoa", which has a very different plot.

Beauty and the Beast (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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Art Bartsch (signed as Art Bartsch)
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Art Bartsch (signed as Art Bartsch)
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
It’s early morning in the forest and Miss Chubby Squirrel is about to rise…
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Miss Chubby Squirrel; Warren Wolf; Sammy Squirrel (not the MGM character from the “Wuff the Prairie Dog” comic feature)
Synopsis
A wolf uses the pretense of a beauty salon weight-loss program to get a weight-conscious squirrel into his clutches.
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Keywords
buyer beware; forest setting; heroics; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; spa; unwelcome surprise; weight

Indexer Notes

In this story, Mighty Mouse has a “brownish-gray coloring” rather than his usual black, and small, but noticeable, protruding “mouse front teeth”.

Aladdin's Lamp (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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Art Bartsch (signed as Art Bartsch)
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Art Bartsch (signed as Art Bartsch)
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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.
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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: 6)

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

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Connie Rasinski (signed as Connie Rasinski)
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Connie Rasinski (signed as Connie Rasinski)
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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.
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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: 7)

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

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Art Bartsch (signed as Art Bartsch)
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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?
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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: 8)

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

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Connie Rasinski (signed as Connie Rasinski) (Also signed as "CR" on the last page)
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Connie Rasinski (signed as Connie Rasinski) (Also signed as "CR" on the last page)
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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.
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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".

Mighty Mouse's Fan Club (Table of Contents: 9)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
"If these don't please Betty nothing will," said Billy Mouse as he surveyed the large bouquet of flowers in his right hand and the box of chocolates in his left.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Billy (mouse); Betty (mouse); Canvasback Cat; Susie (mouse, member of the Mighty Mouse Fan Club)
Synopsis
Billy is jealous of Betty's running the Mighty Mouse Fan Club and wants to gain Betty's affection. He pays a washed-up old boxing cat, Canvasback Cat, to invade a meeting of the club so Billy can show up in the nick of time and become the "hero". Billy learns he should never make a deal with a cat!
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Keywords
best-laid-plans; boxer; cat; fan club; heroics; jealousy; mice

Indexer Notes

Good Bit: The text describes the beating that Mighty Mouse gives the cat as follows: "In fact, it is said that to this day Canvasback is so sore, he winces if you breathe on him."

The Strike-Out (Table of Contents: 10)

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

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Mice from near and far are gathered for their annual baseball fete...
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
A cat disrupts the mouse baseball game between the Dodgems and the Pigmies. He didn't count on Mighty Mouse entering the game in the ninth and "getting the save".
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse; Dodgems mouse baseball team; Pigmies mouse baseball team; mouse baseball spectators; cat
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Keywords
baseball; cat; heroics; mice; New York baseball team parodies; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal

Indexer Notes

As a New York based publisher working with a New York Based studio in the late-1940s thru the mid-1950s, the "Dodgems" and the "Pigmies" are clearly parodies of the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants.

Terrific Value! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Lucky Products / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Toy Shop (Table of Contents: 12)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
My, my, ten o' clock already! Time to lock the store up!
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Old Mr. Cheery; lots of mice; cat
Synopsis
Old Mr. Cheery closes up his toy shop for the night, and the mice will play - and revel do they 'round a newly arrived stock of Mighty Mouse dolls. A cat shows up to spoil the fun, until one particular "Mighty Mouse" goes from being a "doll" to becoming an "action figure".
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Keywords
cat; dolls; heroics; mice; Mighty Mouse merchandise; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; toy shop; toys; unexpected intrusion

Given-Given (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Wilson Chemical Co.; Cloverine Brand Salve / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Hiking Headaches (Table of Contents: 14)

Heckle and Jeckle / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
We've been here too long, chum!
Feature Logo
Heckle and Jeckle [St. John Logo with characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; Nail Head McFister (crook); lots of pursuing police; telephone operator; judge
Synopsis
Deciding to hitchhike rather than wait for a bus, Heckle and Jeckle are picked-up by a disguised Nail Head McFister, dressed as a little girl and riding a tricycle. McFister speeds away from a squad of pursuing police by tapping into the energy of overhead electric wires, until the magpies find a way to reverse his course.
Keywords
chase; comic absurdity; electric wires; escalating events; fugitive; hitchhiking; tricycle

Percy Takes a Beating (Table of Contents: 15)

Little Roquefort / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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I must practice my stunt with the egg beater on a tight string for the civic circus.
Feature Logo
Little Roquefort [St. John logo with character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Little Roquefort; Percy Puss
Synopsis
Percy thinks that Little Roquefort riding a egg beater across a tightrope is easy pickings. Guess again.
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Keywords
cat; egg beater; mouse; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; tightrope; tightrope; tightrope-walking; unintended slapstick consequences

Dimwit's Tattle Tail (Table of Contents: 16)

Heckle and Jeckle / text story / 2 pages (report information)

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"I say, they certainly are biting these days!" exclaimed Jeckle who was reading a magazine.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; Dimwit; Leo DeGopher (president of the baseball club)
Synopsis
Heckle and Jeckle learn that Dimwit's tail can correctly predict the weather, with a "downward droop and starboard list" for rain, and a curly twist for sunny. The magpies decide to cash-in by providing weather forecast information to the local baseball team. Will Dimwit's tail accurately "tell the tale" when it counts?
Keywords
all-purpose tail; baseball; best-laid-plans; fishing; forecasting; get-rich-quick; weather

Indexer Notes

Parody references you may, or may not, recognize:

"Poni Home Permanent" hair treatment = Toni Home Permanent (product introduced in the 1940s)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRR7sGzIb_4

"Leo DeGopher" = Leo Durocher (1905-1991) Hall of Fame Major League Baseball figure. Played primarily for the St. Louis Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodgers, and others. Long time manager of the New York Giants and Chicago Cubs, and others. Player-manager for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Hi Kids! Have Heaps of Fun with Famous Slinky Toys! (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

James Industries, Inc.; Slinky / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

Smart Papa (Table of Contents: 18)

Terry Bears / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Do your Christmas shopping early (newspaper)
Feature Logo
Terry Bears [St. John logo with characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Terry Bears; Papa; Mama; bus driver; crowd of shoppers; elevator operator; department store security guard; department store Santa
Synopsis
Papa thinks he can beat the crowds at Christmas shopping. He's wrong again.
Reprints
Keywords
best of intentions; bus; Christmas shopping; crowds; department store; department store Santa; elevator; series of mishaps

'Round Up' (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Lucky Products / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Draw Instantly (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Master Art Helper Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Magic Dutch Rock Garden (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

Honor House Products / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Mighty Mouse, the Giant Robot Router!]
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  2. 1. Musical Whirling Angel Chimes
    Illinois Merchandise Mart
  3. 2. Adventure of the Steel Slaves
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  4. 3. Krakatoa
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  5. 4. Beauty and the Beast
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  6. 5. Aladdin's Lamp
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  7. 6. Adventure in Mexico
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  8. 7. The Sheep Who Cried Wolf
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  9. 8. Mighty Mouse in Storyland
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  10. 9. Mighty Mouse's Fan Club
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  11. 10. The Strike-Out
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  12. 11. Terrific Value!
    Lucky Products
  13. 12. The Toy Shop
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  14. 13. Given-Given
    Wilson Chemical Co.; Cloverine Brand Salve
  15. 14. Hiking Headaches
    Heckle and Jeckle
  16. 15. Percy Takes a Beating
    Little Roquefort
  17. 16. Dimwit's Tattle Tail
    Heckle and Jeckle
  18. 17. Hi Kids! Have Heaps of Fun with Famous Slinky Toys!
    James Industries, Inc.; Slinky
  19. 18. Smart Papa
    Terry Bears
  20. 19. 'Round Up'
    Lucky Products
  21. 20. Draw Instantly
    Master Art Helper Co.
  22. 21. Magic Dutch Rock Garden
    Honor House Products
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